Topper wrote:With the declining cap and roster holes to fill, I do not see the Canucks competing at a high level next season.
With that in mind, and the shake up in the roster that GMMG has promised, I would tolerate a mediocre team next season that gets to the playoffs and from their it is a crap shoot.
I have long advocated trading Burrows. I also think someone else should develop pip squeak Schroeder. Toss them in with Ballard and Luongo to sweeten the pie.
Let Frankie, Jensen and Gaunce battle for spots and hopefully earn them. Sign an aging vet centre, wing and right side D man to battle the kids for the lineup and if not, don't be afraid to jettison them. If the vets make it, they can swap in and out with the kids on a Utica shuttle. With lesser team goals ie Division Banner to Presidents Trophy, tolerate some learning mistakes and allow mentoring from the core.
I would tolerate mediocrity if the team was made up of 6 or 7 youngsters who are still developing and growing into pros and there is a coaching staff in place that let’s the kids play in crucial roles (i.e. not bury the kids on the 4th line every game). Actually, I could get on board with this plan quite easily, although I’d prefer we somehow get a more NHL ready young centre than Schroeder. Your idea of throwing in a Burrows and/or Schroeder to sweeten a Luongo or Ballard deal is a good one.
If we go into next season with some combination of Kassian, Tanev, Corrado, Lack, Schroeder, Gaunce, Jensen, Lain or other young additions taking a regular shift, then I would be OK with being mediocre. Heck, it might even be exciting to watch this team if we throw a bunch of kids on the team and see who sticks, but if we go into next season with another veteran laden roster, then I don’t see how being mediocre is acceptable.
And Rummy, yes, I think we try to re-sign the Sedins. We will have the cap space, they will want to be here and we will need them. There won’t be any better FAs around either. You can keep the Sedins around and have a transition plan in motion.