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Spooner on unconditional waivers to be bought out

After a rollercoaster 2018-19 season through three different franchises, Ryan Spooner will become an unrestricted free agent.

Acquired by the Oilers earlier last season for Ryan Strome, and then acquired by the Canucks for Sam Gagner, Spooner has had his share of moving around to different cities.

He was only able to play 11 games for Vancouver, getting four assists on the way, but he never seemed to fully fit in and was given only a sliver of playing time under Green.

With one year remaining on his two-year, $8-million contract, the Canucks will only be hit with a slight cap hit after he is bought out.

A $1.03-million hit will be on the Canucks cap for the next two years — a decent price to pay to open up a roster spot and add almost $3-million to their remaining cap space. The Rangers retained some of his original salary, so therefore they will be getting a $300k hit in the buyout.

With that, the Canucks are now up to around $18.5-million in cap space and still have some major contracts to sign. Brock Boeser, Nikolay Goldobin, Tyler Motte, Josh Leivo, and Josh Teves all need new contracts as restricted free agents and will take up a significant portion of that remaining cap space.

Even with the buyout, the Canucks might be in a position that they will have to make more moves if they truly want to sign Tyler Myers to the reported estimate of $7-million AAV.

Vancouver will possibly be a busy franchise this weekend and when free agency opens on Monday.

  • Good that it means a roster spot deleted and “only” a couple of million against the cap the next two years, though it’s still cleaning up from Benning signing Gagner in the first place. How do we convince Benning to take a vacation on Canada Day?

    • Is ownership and GMJB still fixated with the Boston model? Because Miller ain’t Chara, not even close. The smart thing to do would be to look at the bargain bin after the first 2 days of free agent frenzy. Teams are up against the cap and there will be tons of lower end players being squeezed. The question management needs to ask is if paying Miller $7 million for 7 years will jeopardize our window to compete 3 years from now. He is being paid like a core player when in reality he has only 2-3 more years of peak performance years to go before the inevitable decline. The way we are spending our cap suggests that the window for this team is over the next 3 years before we start languishing in cap hell like Chicago and LAKings. Only difference is that they have Cups and we do not.

  • A good start at getting out from under the sea of Granlund. 2 down (Granlund and Spooner, plus gaunce kind of). 4 or 5 still to go (sutter, erickson, smaller and motte at least). Glad to see that ownership allowed some money to be spent on a buy out.