Vancouver Canucks Qualify Four of Their RFA’s

June 28th, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »

Today as reported by the Vancouver media and, the Canucks made a qualifying offer of $1.6M to Shane O’Brien.

Mason Raymond, Tanner Glass and Jannik Hansen have also received qualifying offers. No amounts were disclosed at the time of this writing.

That is good news as the Canucks move forward to secure their young talent but $1.6M for a number six D-man in O’Brien is a steep cost, especially when a similar player in Aaron Rome was signed to $0.70M.

That now makes the current D-group a very costly investment at $21.45M for the eight players.

If the Canucks are serious at adding a UFA player such as Dan Hanhuis, who will surely command in the $4 – 4.5M range, then they will have to unload one of their current D-men.

Since Kevin Bieksa is the only one of the group being paid at $3M or higher without a no-trade clause, you would think he would be the likely candidate.

I mentioned in a previous article that I thought Glass and Hansen would get a 10% or thereabouts increase as a qualifying offer and I stand on that and for Raymo ...

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