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Re-Signing Erik Gudbranson Doesn’t Make Sense For The Caucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Extending Gudbranson because he’s tough would rank among the most short-sighted decisions this organization has made in years.

It’s entirely possible all of this is moot. The Canucks have said they would only re-sign Gudbranson if the money made sense.

There is no way it’s going to make sense to this team to pay a third pairing blue-liner $4 million a year and right now it’s difficult to imagine Gudbranson accepting much less than that.

Heck, the Canucks could get four or five tough guys who can’t control shots for $4 million a year total if it’s so important.

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Primis's avatar

Heck, the Canucks could get four or five tough guys who can’t control shots for $4 million a year total if it’s so important.

Ouch.

Posted by Primis on 01/31/18 at 08:09 PM ET

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I know it really depends on team by team situation but I think it is rarely a good option to re-sign a bottom pair defenseman unless it is a young player with potential to move up the lineup or an established veteran willing to play for near league minimum. You don’t pay more because there are always plenty of options to fill that bottom pair.

Posted by evileye on 02/01/18 at 10:28 AM ET

Paul's avatar

IMO ee, I think Linden is just building him up, trying to make him more valuable to teams who would have interest in him at the trade deadline.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/01/18 at 10:31 AM ET

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