Vancouver Canucks: Should They Pull a Blockbuster Deal This Offseason?

July 8th, 2011 by Mac D Leave a reply »
The Canucks have been relatively quiet this off season not luring any top free agents on July 1st and onwards instead trying to retain current players.

They were able to re-sign three of their four defencemen; Kevin Bieksa (five years, $23 million), Sami Salo (one year, $2 million) and Andrew Alberts (two years, $2.45 million). The Canucks lost out on Christian Ehrhoff who was traded to the New York Islanders for a 4th round pick then later traded again to the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th round pick where he finally signed a 10 year, $40 million deal.

Up front, the Canucks were able to re-sign RFA Max Lapierre to a two-year deal worth $2 million and Chris Higgins to a two-year deal worth $3.8 million.

When the Canucks dipped into the free agent pool, the deals were minor and added depth outside of the gamble on oft-injured Marco Sturm who signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal.

Vancouver added depth in the likes of Andrew Ebbett (one-year, $525,000) and Mark Mancari (one-year, $525,000) to one-way contracts. As well as signing pest Steve Pinizzotto to a one-year two-way deal ($600,000/$275,000).

On defence, the Canucks signed Alexan ...

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