The future of the Vancouver Canucks is not looking so bright. With a 36-year-old starting goalie, a pair of 36-year-old twins, and three other key contributors over 30, that 4-5-1 start is a bit ominous.
The middle is no place to be. -Ray Ferraro, TSN Analyst
The former Hartford Whaler was adamant that the Vancouver Canucks should give in and start completely over. Ferraro doesn’t believe a team scoring under two goals a game can, or will, turn it around. So he suggested the Canucks move on from two underperforming defenseman Alex Biega, and Philip Larsen. However, it is believed that Vancouver management will hold on to Biega specifically for expansion considerations.
Because he’s [Biega] under contract for next year, and because you can get him up to the games played threshold, they prefer to expose him.” – Matt Sekeres, TSN
It makes sense and would be a smart move by the Canucks knowing they’ll have to be ultra careful on whom to expose. The franchise is obviously heading for a rebuild and cannot give anything of value to Las Vegas. Not that the Knights are expecting to strike it rich from Vancouver’s unprotected list.
Other moves are slowly starting to be made that seem to have expansion in mind around the league as well. Talking about a pair of three-year deals given to Andrei Vasilevskiy and Matt Murray. Another contract that was openly made in expansion preparation was Calgary’s move to sign an extra goaltender. Tom McCollum was released by Los Angeles after training camp and was then picked up by the Flames. A few weeks later McCollum signed a two-year contract worth $1.2M, however, was told by Calgary he would be exposed in June of 2017.
Sure the Flames will publicly say they needed the goaltending depth, but quietly they’re playing the system for their benefit. Expect much more of this. No one’s looking to make it easy for The Creator and his new team. Which is a shame, cause the guy who just dumped $16 million into each of his new colleagues pockets really really wants to win in year one.