Dec 15, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>deys3232</b></div><div>Yea, hes top 5 in playoff scoring but how many other top defensemen are still in the playoffs and focus 95% of their game on offense?
Josi, Spurgeon, Ellis, Rielly, Letang, Fox, Ekblad, Brodin and Ekholm are no longer in the playoffs,
Pietrangelo, Hedman, McAvoy, Slavin, Theodore and Petry arent exact insane point getters
That leaves Carlson and Makar as other the 2 true offensive defensemen left and Hughes has played the most games out of them so its fair that hes leading in points</div></div>
I don't think it's fair to say that Hughes focuses 95% of his game on offense. It just looks that way because he skates/passes the puck out cleanly so often. I wouldn't call him a shut down defender by any means but he played against other team's top lines this season for a reason. Of course he'll pick up a bunch of points on the powerplay too.
I think Hughes is at least a top 3 defenseman in the league when he has the puck on his stick. When it's not on his stick his 1 on 1 defending is pretty average for a smaller player and his zone exits are really good. Any sort of decision that involves making a play with the puck, Hughes is one of the best at.
I didn't mean to say definitively that Hughes is better than a bunch of those players right now based on his scoring so far, I'm just saying he's worthy of consideration considering he's also leading the Canucks in scoring which none of those other guys would be.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OldNYIfan</b></div><div>See, my thinking is that cap retention and salary retention can be different, so if this trade is made on the second day of the off-season, Vancouver has paid Eriksson his $3 million signing bonus and there goes the entire salary retention. I don't think that the cap retention of $1.5 million is going to make a significant impact on being able to re-up Pettersson and Hughes 'cause you've got the $6 million from Edler (minus an ELC replacement) and the $2 million from Benn (ditto) plus the $4.5 million from Eriksson being subtracted from where you are now plus, as I recall, Baertschi's hit coming off, too.</div></div>
In a vacuum, 1.5M in dead cap space isn't a lot. However, when you look at the Canucks situation it will be added to a pile that is already simply too large. We'll have the Luongo recapture at just over 3M, retained salary at 1.5M, Baertschi's buried cap hit at over 2M and bonus overages for Pettersson and Hughes at 1.7M. That's over 8M in dead cap space, which is obviously not ideal. If we have to include something else to prevent us from retaining, I think it would be worth it.