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Measuring the Vancouver Offense

05/13/2008 at 1:02pm EDT

If you’re the new GM of the Vancouver Canucks and you’ve suggested one of your priorities is to rebuild an offensive-style game, what’s tops on your agenda?

If rethinking the team’s association with Daniel and Henrik Sedin was your first guess, you’re smarter than I am. From TSN:

Up front, the Sedin twins are the franchise players, but Gillis didn’t give a ringing endorsement when he told reporters, “They are front-line players but I don’t know if they’re players that the team will be built around going forward.” That doesn’t mean that the twins are gone, but it’s certainly within the realm of possibility.

Any deal of that magnitude would be massive and would increase the challenge that the Canucks face in trying to increase their offensive output, but the team needs are evident and need to be addressed. [...]

“A couple of very good decisions, or a couple of really bold decisions, might put this team in a position to win almost immediately.”

The combined salary of the twins is just over $7 million for next season, and their point totals fleshed out to 150 last season, which amounts to 27% of the offensive output of the entire team (goals & assists) and over 21% of the total goals scored by the team. They’re also responsible for over 21% of the GWG over the season (7 out of 33).

I’m not saying that they should be untouchable, but is their future a priority in the world of “bold” moves?

Being that their salaries are only taking up about 13% of total cap space, it’s hard to argue that they’re a drain on the bank while you figure out the various other problems with this team.

And there are plenty.

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