Canucks among most active teams in free agency

The Vancouver Canucks had money to spend and got to doing just that in a series of moves on Day 1 of free agency which were neither bad or typical rebuilding plays.

Whether the trio of in Wholesale Hockey Jerseys | Cheap Jerseys Authentic Quality Supply coming 27 year old veterans, defenceman Michael Del Zotto, goalie Anders Nilsson and centre Sam Gagner, improve the team remains to be seen.

Sure, they are better than they were last week, or at the end of the season.

But remember at the start they had Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen, Ryan Miller and Nikita Tryamkin. That team was pegged, fairly accurately, to be a 70 point club.

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Now, there a lot of new pieces to fit, a new coach and some young players who will be in the lineup, though clearly not as NFL Green Bay Packers Jerseys Cheap Discount Retail many as many once thought.

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The acquisitions will have an impact on the youth movement. There no room for Olli Juolevi and probably only one spot for Brock Boeser and Nikolay Goldobin to fight over in training camp.

That was by design, by the way. The moves today are about buying time for the youngest prospects, an effort to insulate them and avoid a scenario where they not rushed and overwhelmed before they matured.

The moves were also about trying to be competitive, call it a thirst to be in the playoff mix as long as possible.

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That, in part, means the decisions were not what most of us think of as traditional moves. It three players who are on the edge of their peak years, and none were acquired with the idea they will be flipped at the deadline.

The Canucks did keep both the term and the money down Saturday, but it wasn entirely their goal.

The biggest deal was the one the Canucks gave Sam Gagner, signing the centre to a three year, $9 million contract. That not an insignificant payout to the forward who had a bounce back season playing on the Columbus Blue Jackets fourth line while contributing in a big way to a dominant power play.

The Canucks see Gagner as Henrik Sedin insurance, and he can fill the gap if Henrik retires after this year so Vancouver can take time to develop Elias Pettersson, their top pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

In Nilsson, who reportedly got a two year $5 million deal, the Canucks get a younger goalie than Miller and one with more upside.

Then there Michael Del Zotto, an offensively inclined left side defenceman who is an upgrade on Luca Sbisa and cheaper too. He coming to Vancouver on a two year, $6 million deal and right now slots in on a pairing with Chris Tanev.

The Canucks were out to spend more, actually, a lot more.

In addition to the three unrestricted free agents the Canucks signed, they reportedly had a deal nixed for Florida Panthers defenceman Jason Demers.

Reportedly, Demers killed the deal that would have sent him and that not insignificant contract of his four more years at $4.5 million a season to Vancouver.

The Panthers were apparently pretty eager to trade Demers and the talk is the Canucks were offering Erik Gudbranson.

If that really was the deal, it cheap saints jerseys would have been fascinating. Gudbranson is on an expiring contract and it possible the Canucks are already concerned that they may not be able to re sign him.

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