PS, they wouldn’t afford Petey and Hughes and the team would suck
OEL + Garland = Erickson, beagle , rousell cap hit
The team is slightly better now, but OEL is arguably the worst contract in the league at 7.2 mill. He’s nowhere close to a top pair D. I would have let the other contracts expire and then rebuild the D core for next season with D that are actually good.
Plus they could use Guenther on an ELC
I agree that the Garland/OEL trade was short sighted
Garland and OEL would make 0.21M more than Eriksson, Beagle, Roussel
Vancouver could have dumped those contracts elsewhere for less, buried the contracts, or bought them out to save them money.
So yes they would still be able to sign Hughes and EP
Assuming EP and Hughes sign for 16M in total, they would have 15M to sign Boeser, Rathbone, 3 other forwards, and a backup goalie which is possible
But in 2023-24, they would have to resign Miller, Horvat, and Hoglander
Guenther on ELC would be huge
The Canucks really limited their future cap situation with the OEL trade and this team isn't a championship team. The forward core and goaltending is good, but the defense is bad