Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Less Expectations in Vancouver

Questions are abound in Vancouver concerning their secondary scoring, the health of their blueline and the goaltending's commitment.

In the pre-season, the Canucks looked pretty good going 6-1 and put together some pretty good lines. The acquisition of Shane O'Brien from Tampa this week should sure up the blueline a little bit more. Captain Roberto Luongo looks to be a little more solid than his finish last season. All signs point to a better finish to the year, but there's still 82 games to play this season.

Henrik SedinSami SaloRoberto Luongo
Daniel SedinMattias OhlundCurtis Sanford
Pavol DemitraShane O'Brien
Ryan KeslerAlexander Edler
Taylor PyattWillie Mitchell
Steve BernierKevin Bieksa
Alexandre BurrowsRob Davison
Mason RaymondLawrence Nycholat
Kyle Wellwood
Ryan Johnson
Darcy Hordichuk
Rick Rypien
Mike Brown
Jannik Hansen

The Canucks will also have plenty of room on the books, if Mats Sundin so happens to return and desire a move out West. The Canucks have $46.5 million committed to their line-up this season, a clear $10.2 million below the cap ceiling. Even with a pro-rated contract offer of $10 million for Sundin will be easily managed.

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