Yah the year after next is difficult if the Canucks give big deals to Hughes and Petey. I’m going with 9 million for 8 years for each of them. I was playing around with Cap Friendly and came up with this roster. Youth will have to be served since the cap won’t be going up any.
Right wing: Tyler Toffoli ($5,200,000) - Brock Boeser ($5,875,000) - Jake Virtanen ($3,200,000) - Zack MacEwen ($1,250,000) - Kole Lind ($1,250,000)
Centre: Elias Pettersson ($9,000,000) - Bo Horvat ($5,500,000) - Adam Gaudette ($2,500,000) - Jay Beagle ($3,000,000)
Left wing: J.T. Miller ($5,250,000) - Vasily Podkolzin ($925,000) - Micheal Ferland ($3,500,000) - Tyler Motte ($1,250,000) - Nils Höglander ($891,667)
Right: Tyler Myers ($6,000,000) - Brogan Rafferty ($2,500,000) - Troy Stecher ($2,500,000) - Nikita Tryamkin ($2,000,000)
Left: Quinn Hughes ($9,000,000) - Jack Rathbone ($925,000) - Olli Juolevi ($2,500,000)
Thatcher Demko ($3,250,000) - Michael DiPietro ($811,667)
Roster Size: 23
Salary Cap: $81,500,000
Cap Hit: $81,111,540
Cap Space: $388,460
I’m assuming raises to some RFA in the hope they will have earned them (Demko, Rafferty and Juolevi). If not they likely won’t be on the roster, and will be replaced by someone making just as much. So basically they’ll have to let everyone’s contracts expire including Edler’s, Sutter’s and Pearson’s. They’ll also need someone making three million or more to be traded or put on LTIR. I put Roussel on LTIR for this roster, but it could be Beagle or Ferland. Louie’s cap hit will have to be gone. I put him on LTIR. And the Canucks could only sign one of Markstrom, Toffoli, or Tanev to a deal longer than one year this off season. Perhaps they could sign Markstrom this season, but someone making as much as he gets would have to be gone in the expansion draft. Even if all the really bad contracts disappear. I think they can keep Jake and Gaudette for at least a few years. They’ll have to start playing cheap youth throughout the roster in depth roles, especially on defence.
We are all Jim Benning.