It proves one thing for certain; that objective opinions on a rival teams forum are worth about as much as what it costs to post them.
Hamhuis, Ballard, Tambellini, Oreskovich and Malhotra instead of Mitchell, Bernier, Wellwood, Demitra, Lukowich and Grabner.
Such vast, wild improvement hasn't been seen since the Kings added Denis Gauthier.
AUTO-GENERATED CAPGEEK.COM LINES
Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m)
* Mason Raymond ($3.000m) / Manny Malhotra ($2.500m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($2.500m)
Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m) / Cody Hodgson ($1.667m) / Darcy Hordichuk ($0.775m)
* Jannik Hansen ($0.600m) / Victor Oreskovich ($0.575m) / Rick Rypien ($0.550m)
Joel Perrault ($0.510m)
Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Keith Ballard ($4.200m)
Sami Salo ($3.500m) / Alexander Edler ($3.250m)
Christian Ehrhoff ($3.100m) / * Shane O'Brien ($1.700m)
Aaron Rome ($0.750m)
Roberto Luongo ($5.333m) / Cory Schneider ($0.900m)
(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
ROSTER: 22; CAP: $59.4m; CARRY-OVER PENALTY: $0.090m
PAYROLL: $59.200m; BONUSES: $0.850m; CAP ROOM: $1.050m
This is with Hanson getting a miniscule $50,000 raise, ignoring the Tambellini deal, turning the Bieksa and Alberts contracts into dust, and giving $3 million to Raymond and $1.7 million to O'Brien, which is roughly what they'll get in arbitration if the Canucks are lucky.
Is this really any better than the team that lost in the second round last year?