Canucks general manager Mike Gillis pledged a “reset” at his year-end press conference and a decision will need to be made whether one, two, three, or none of these players will be part of the “reset.” The Canucks could have up to nine players with no-trade/no-movement clauses next season (assuming goaltender Roberto Luongo is traded). They could hand out a few more too when unrestricted free agency opens.
“In order to get players to play for less than market value, you have to give them something they can rely upon,” Gillis told the Vancouver Sun when queried about the high number of no-trade clauses on the team.
In other words, these players took a pay cut for a no-trade clause to be part of this core group in Vancouver and would be none too pleased if they were traded just before their new contracts kick in. Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun writes:
But if Gillis were to trade Edler or ask another Canuck to waive his no-trade clause, the spirit of co-operation — the shared sacrifice between club and player — would vanish in Vancouver.
The money the player left on the table to stay here won’t be repaid by his new team. It wouldn’t be long before Canuck free agents demanded every dollar they could squeeze from the team, which is what happens in most NHL markets. This would seriously undermine the environment Gillis has worked hard to achieve and make it more difficult for the Canucks to succeed under the salary cap.
Do you break this “spirit of co-operation” for the better of the team? Will moving Burrows, Higgins, and/or Edler better this team?
Gillis says the game has changed since 2011 and there is no longer the same emphasis on speed and skill as there was after the 2004 NHL lockout ended. Both Burrows and Higgins bring what the Canucks need more of: a willingness to get their nose dirty. Edler brings size to the lineup, but his physical play is inconsistent (along with the rest of his game) and could stand to be more assertive physically in front of the net.