There are several reasons I believe why the Canucks won't have a blockbuster this year.
1. Cap Space.....yes the Canucks cap space is tight. According to nhlnumbers.com, the Canucks DO HAVE and ONLY 5.367 mil to play around with. Don't forget, in the site, they only has 20 players signed. You need about 22 to 23. So with 2-3 more players, we can assume they are small contracts worth about 600k(?) So thats 1.2-1.8 mil max. Also, Nonis has to save 1.5 mil in cap space for trades or moves during the season. So if you take 5.367 minus 1.5 and 1.8, we will have 2.067 mil.
2.067 mil to deal for a top 6 winger whose salary is 5+ mil? This leads us to my second reason.
2. Can Canucks afford to trade away Ohlund to dump salary? To redirect the question, I will have to ask, will Ohlund waive his NTC (No Trade Clause). The answer is.....not likely.....or very unlikely (He's been a Canucks for a long time, why would he want to leave?)
3. So if Canucks can't trade away Ohlund who else can be traded? Bieska? I wouldn't trade away Bieska....who led the team in scoring for defensemen with 42.....42!!! Thats 1 point every 2 games....very impressive for a sophomore in the NHL. And to add to that, they just signed him to an extension.
So if the Canucks want to trade for Elias......
Mo + Ohlund + extras for Elias + extras
Not happening for reasons above regarding Ohlund.
So in that very same case, (....the recent rumour....) cap wise the Canucks are ABLE to afford St.Louis from Tampa. St. Louis' cap hit is only 5.250....for 4 more years(!) and Ohlund is 3.5.....for 2 years.
On second thought, would it be a good trade for both the Canucks and Tampa Bay on their own standpoint? Can Ohlund withstand the speedy Eastern Conference, or can St. Louis handle the tough and gritty Western Conference?
It is only who they are that made them successful in the very Conference that they are in.
Not that Im just talking about Ohlund for St. Louis....the Canucks will probably have to add in a tad more salary and some blue chip prospect....most likely Corey Schnieder....which once again leads to a question...
How much is Corey worth? Canucks CAN afford to let Corey play one year in the AHL....and if he shines....he'd be worth more than just ONE FIRST ROUNDER aka top 3 foward! What if he slumps? Who knows....
So that trade is also very unlikely.
In many trade proposals....there are always mentions of Morrison to be traded away.....do we have to trade Morrison? He is a very reliable Canucks player...very underrated last year because of his point production, but in the defensive aspect of the game, he has met expectations. Anyways, he does have one more year in his contract....which lowers his value...so the Canucks cannot get a top 6 winger from him unless they pay more.
I know I might be a bit negative that the Canucks won't be able to make any blockbuster deals....but I do hope Im wrong.
But in reality, in a Salary Cap world, any team must IMPROVE FROM WITHIN.
Think about it, we have Edler, Bourdon, Hansen, Grabner, White, Shannon, Balej, Simek, Raymond, Shirokov, Ellington, Rahimi...and the list goes on. There's some pretty decent talent there.....if any of 2-3 of them steps up within the next 24 months, the Canucks are in for a serious cup run.
In any case, any blockbuster deal will alter a team's chemistry.....and puts the GM on the block. Do you want to change the Canucks' chemistry after the season they put up last year?
If Nonis does make a blockbuster deal in the remaining days before training camp....and it goes wrong during the season (like Bertuzzi and Florida). The Canucks will have a very large problem in getting into the playoffs, or at least sticking around after Round 1.
In response to some of the comments I have received: I definately agree the Canucks need O....but they don't need to get O in the form of a blockbuster deal. Medium sized deals could also get the job done.....and keep the 6 def they have right now while getting more O would be what possibly makes the Canucks shine this year.