Feb 212011

With a week left before the NHL’s trade deadline, let’s take a quick snapshot of the Canucks’ salary cap situation.

First, the team sent Evan Oberg back to the Manitoba Moose this morning and recalled Cody Hodgson.

This pretty much says that Dan Hamhuis has been cleared and is good to go against the Habs tomorrow night. It also gives Hodgson an extended audition in the fourth line center spot (more on that later) and allows Tanner Glass to move back to his natural wing position.

If Keith Ballard returns on Thursday as expected, the Canucks will have 22 healthy players (13 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goaltenders), 2 injured players (Bieksa and Sweatt) and 2 players on LTIR (Alberts and Edler).

Right now, the Canucks are using $341,870 of their $341,989 maximum daily spending ($318,871 max daily cap plus $23,118 max daily LTIR).

When Ballard returns, the assumption is that Yann Sauve will be sent back to the Moose and the Canucks will have $3,412 in daily spending (or $634,632 in annual salary) available.

If the Canucks aren’t sold on Victor Oreskovich, they could also send him back before Monday. Minus Sauve and Oreskovich, they’ll have $6,503 in daily spending; in this case, they can add $1,209,558 in annual salary at the trade deadline. They can also place Lee Sweatt on LTIR, which would give them another $3,495 in daily spending (or take on another $650,070 in annual salary).

The Canucks can’t take on a lot in salary but it’s something. GM Mike Gillis has been adamant that he won’t tinker too much with his team. That in mind, the small amount of salary the Canucks can take on means they’re limited in the kind of players they can acquire anyway; that said, they do have enough in the kitty, barring any other roster moves, to acquire some depth players.

(All numbers via CapGeek.)

Feb 172011

In light of the Ian White non-trade from yesterday, here’s more unconfirmed news about the Canucks.

Via a tweet, Dan Murphy (Sportsnet) has the following tidbit:

I’m hearing Bieksa is going to be out around 3 weeks with a fracture in his left foot. Not confirmed by team yet tho. Oberg on his way up.

Which was then followed up by Jim Jamieson (Vancouver Sun), also via Twitter:

No Oberg at Canucks skate. Bieksa only player missing. Saw him outside room with walking boot on left foot, working on sticks.

If there is a better top-six around the league than the group the Canucks have on IR/LTIR, I’d like to know. I mean, Hamhuis, Bieksa, Edler, Ballard, Alberts and Sweatt form a pretty formidable group. It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Bieksa, especially considering he’s worked hard to go from the fans’ doghouse to be, arguably, the team’s best overall defenseman this season.

That said, there at least appears to be some light at the end of the injury tunnel.

Canuck Keith Ballard, who sprained his knee five games ago, should be playing next week. Dan Hamhuis has started light workouts, and surgeries to Andrew Alberts (wrist) and Alex Edler (back) were successful.

So Gillis doesn’t have to make a trade, like the media-imagined one for White. He merely has to be patient.

“I’m confident that all of them will be back,” Gillis said Wednesday. “With Dan, you’re always reluctant to discuss any kind of prognosis when it comes to a concussion, so I’m not going to do that. He seems to be progressing well, but there’s always an element of uncertainty.

“Keith seems to be a little bit ahead of schedule and doing quite well. Andrew’s surgery was successful and we fully expect him to be 100 per cent come playoff time. And Alex Edler is moving along on schedule. There haven’t been any setbacks or hiccups.”

You just have to hope that, until the walking wounded return to the lineup, the remaining group of Ehrhoff, Tanev, Rome, Salo, Sauve and Oberg can hold the fort.

Sep 212009
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