Yes, you are getting a pair of point-a-game players, but they are both 28. Will they be able to produce at this pace for even the next four years?
It is well known that they lack foot speed. If GM Mike Gillis does not add a second line, well, we have hashed that enough in the previous articles and witnessed it in the playoffs.
What it would do, of course, is give the Canucks $2-4 million extra that they thought would be gobbled up at the $6-7 million each that was speculated.
With, say, that extra $4 million, certain UFAs that were discussed previously would not just be a pipe dream and instead could come to fruition.
One of the problems that the NW Division teams have is the reality of their travel. This has shown to cut down on players' careers.
Make no mistake about it—the players are cognizant of it. The average player's career is not that long at 11 years.
Once a player has played with the Eastern Conference teams—where some teams hardly ever leave their time zone—it's no wonder they are not jumping up and down to come play out west.
The six- to seven-game road trips that crisscross Canada and the US have been well documented. This is done a minimum of four times a season.
I think the best bet for the Nucks would be to target players that grew up in the region (Western Canada or US)—where family is and where they have played in the WHL. Travel and long bus rides are a fact of life in the "Dub."
The other selling point for players to come to Vancouver is the diverse recreational offerings, the safe environment to raise families, and one of the most scenic places you'll ever visit.
Vancouver has been rated consistently in the top five of the most desired places to live in the world.
Maybe the hometown discount does indeed apply for any of the extensions or re-signings. We shall soon find out.
In regards to the original question, tell me why you think it is or is not a good idea.
Support your comments—don't just tell me they're point-a-game guys. I know that already. If you have read any of my previous articles, you know I'm not a big supporter of the Twins.
So convince the IceMan that he's missed something.
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