With speculation going into high gear, I am going to make a bold, insane and therefore entirely plausible prediction
Luongo + Ballard + 1st in 2013 and 2014
LMAO!!! I love it. Throw in Raymond too.
Currently Washington has $6.3M available cal and Vancouver has $840K.
Bear in mind that Washington is projected to have $20.4M in cap space for next year and Vancouver is projected to have $3.8M.
Higgins $1.9M UFA
Ballard $4.2M thru 2015
$11.4M now $9.5M next season.
Brouwer $2.3M then $3.6M (2013-2016)
Tom Poti $2.8M UFA
Neuvirth $1.1M RFA
$5.2M now $3.6M plus next season depending on Neuvirth.
I really like Brouwer for a few reasons. One, he's a 20 goal scorer who also brings you 250 hits. Two, he can contribute more offensively given the opportunity, just see what he did in Moose Jaw in the Dub. Three, he's a homegrown BC talent from Vancouver. Four, he isn't afraid of going to the dirty scoring areas where we so desperately need toughness right now. He was 7th in the league among forwards for hits last year, and above him only Dustin Brown and Ryan Callahan put up more goals, and Brouwer isn't given the same offensive minutes as those two.