Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The salary cap is leveling the playing field

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So Canucks fan, admit it.

You heard me…admit that when you heard that Mats Sundin had signed with the Canucks a little part of you felt like yelling “In your face New York!” Poor Larry Brooks of the New York Post had Vancouver pegged for dead.

Thus, with the NHL holiday roster freeze going into effect Friday night at midnight and lasting through midnight Dec. 27, Sundin – who has a $10M offer on the table from the Canucks that he obviously is in no hurry to accept – is likely to remain unsigned until late in the month.

So did I. I get and respect that Sundin took his time deciding if he wanted to play this year. But once he decided and the longer this went on, I figured the Canucks were being kept around as insurance and as a bargaining tool.

In a pre salary cap era, the Vancouver Canucks would have had no chance of gettting Mats Sundin, because the the New York Rangers, or other teams would out bid everyone. Not knowing what really happened behind the scenes, it appeared on the surface that Sundin’s first choice was to sign with New York. It would also appear that the Rangers couldn’t clear enough cap space to make this happen, thus making the choice of the Canucks too good to pass up.

It’s kind of ironic that the Canucks honoured Trevor Linden the night before the announcement, who’s involvement with the current salary cap deal was monumental. Perhaps in an unintentional way it was Linden’s gift to the fans.

At this point Sundin is a rental player. There is no guarantee he signs for another season, and the Canucks won’t be on the hook for another year if either party wants to go in a different direction.

The signing has given the Canucks two lines that can score overnight. If the defense can get and stay healthy, and Luongo recovers and gets on a roll, this team could be a force to be reckoned in the west. With the cap room Gillis enjoyed now gone, and further tweaks to the roster will have to be through trades.

For years the Canucks were always the wiling partner who just couldn’t shell out that extra to lure free agents. Fans sat by and watched as the Colorado’s, Detroit’s and New York’s of the world loaded up already stacked rosters. Now the salary cap has leveled that playing field, and that’s a great thing for the league, and on Wednesday it was a great thing for Canucks fans.

Just ask the New York Rangers.

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3 Responses to “The salary cap is leveling the playing field”
  1. Farhan Lalji says:

    LOL

    Great post Brian. I also loved the not-so-subtle jabs at the Rangers. :-p.

    I am curious as to what the lines will end up being….and who gets the shaft?

    (Assuming 100% health)

    Wellwood-Sundin-Demitra
    Sedin-Sedin-Hansen
    Burrows-Kesler-Bernier
    Hordichuk-Johnson-???

    Ohlund-Salo (LOL…Salo being healthy)
    Mitchell-Bieksa
    Edler-O’Brien

    Luongo
    Sanford.

    So,

    That leaves Raymond, Rypien, Pyatt, and Brown all vying for that last spot. At this point, I’m assuming that Wellwood is safe. Who gets the nod? Although Raymond is the most offensively gifted player of these guys, does his lack of size make him a bad fit for the 4th line? Are guys like Pyatt and Rypien much better suited to a 4th line role?

    If Raymond can’t crack our top 6, is he essentially useless? Are the Canucks better off using him as trade bait?

  2. Brian Wawryshyn says:

    Any chance you can get to take a stab at the Rangers, or their media is a chance you can’t pass up. It’s hilarious what some of the media out of there have written since Sundin chose the Canucks. That he “took the money over a chance to win.” These clowns can’t even bother to research to find out Sundin left money on the table.

    Sucks to get outbid huh? The salary cap is a beautiful thing in that respect.

    As for the line combos, I like what you have, but I think Raymond, Hansen and Hordichuk may rotate in and out and you could/should add Pyatt to that list. I see Jaffrey being returned to the Moose.

    I think it’s way to early to start talking trade with Raymond, who has a boat load of talent.

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