Vancouver Canucks and Other Thoughts Percolating on the Back Burner

Nucks IceMan@nucksiceman@twitter.comCorrespondent IJune 19, 2010

CHICAGO - MAY 09: Members of the Vancouver Canucks including Henrik Sedin #33 and Alexandre Burrows #14 celebrate a 2nd period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I guess signing Aaron Rome to a new contract is good from a depth position, but is he really in the mix for a number six man, and what does that say about the ‘Nucks defense?

Interesting that Montreal chose Jaroslav Halak over Carey Price after the performance Halak displayed during the playoffs.

Rumours are that they would not have been able to afford him and at least got something back from St. Louis, who looks like they will show Halak the money and more, over Chris Mason’s (UFA) $3M from last season.

Willie Mitchell today has come out in the media and says he is finally healthy enough and has done some light training. Problem here is that he will not get into the on-ice part until the middle of July, and with free agency coming up on July 1st , how do the ‘Nucks make a decision?

Mitchell stated that he would like to stay with the team and GM Mike Gillis has stated that they are interested, but at what price and for how long?

Surely the contract would have to be for no more than one year with bonus laden terms like games played and plus/minus stats.

Do the Canucks want to tie up what little cap room they have on such an iffy contract unless it is for $1M to $1.5M, and would Mitchell except that anyway?

Unless the ‘Nucks move one of their current D-men, say Kevin Bieksa’s $3.75M contract, will they be able to sign their UFA and RFAs and a top four defenseman that they really need?

Hawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson (RFA), who I mentioned in an earlier article’s comments, would be an interesting D-man to write an offer sheet for.

His $643,333 salary would mean no compensation and with the Hawks with only about $6M cap space and five UFAs, 2 RFAs and Antti Niemi having arbitration rights, they look ripe for the plucking.

Hey, if you can’t beat them, then pilfer their talent.

After watching the Hawks and Philly in the Stanley Cup, you realize how much is needed in order to compete against teams like that. The depth, toughness, grit, and types of talent are solely missing from the ‘Nucks' current lineup.

Since Chicago’s roster was built through high draft choices, that means the Canucks cannot go that route at this time and how then, do you obtain a backend defensive stud like a Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook?

It is now obvious that you don’t need a high priced goalie in order to win a Stanley Cup because Detroit and Chicago have proven that. What you do need is that top D-man, along with some shut-down checking forwards that neutralize the other team’s top offensive stars.

Once again the Canucks ended up being a one-line team in the playoffs and doesn’t that get old after a while?

If Alex Burrows was injured in February (wasn’t that the time of the last half of the monster road trip?), why didn’t he have the surgery then, because he was ineffective after that and in the playoffs?

It is admirable and shows the toughness of these players, Sami Salo included, but what purpose does that serve when you are trying to get to the Stanley Cup?

Maybe a depth player would have at least supplied more than what the injured player could.

Oh, I forgot, that was the problem, no depth.

That record road trip probably took more out of the team than management will ever admit. There wasn't a lot of compete or healthy bodies left for the Chicago series, as the Hawks made sure of that by pounding them into submission.

With the Canucks' record on the entry draft, would it be better to trade up in order to get a possible better pick than where they are now (25th)?

Will Jarred Tinordi, all 6’5", 205 lbs of this defenseman, still be available at the 25th pick?

Just a few of my thoughts percolating, awaiting the entry draft and free agency.


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