This is my second attempt at the complete rebuild hypothesis using NHL 14 on PS3. I recognize that the transactions are ridiculous and would never happen in real life. The first version of the Rebuild Hypothesis can be found here. I feel that it is important to reiterate the fact that I borrowed the idea from mechanixfetch about a theoretical project he entitled The Complete Rebuild Hypothesis .
Here are the ‘rules’ I put in place for myself this time around:
No repeats of trades or acquiring the same players as version 1 unless offered by the CPU (highly unlikely)
3 Current roster players can remain (but not the ones used in version 1)
Don’t load up on draft picks
The owners want to see 45 wins and a Conference finals appearance, this has to be accomplished this season.
Before I started I made the decision to keep Kassian. He’s young, has decent potential and as an 82 rated player will fit into my opening night roster.
Eddie Lack was my second choice of keeper, he should become better in future years and his contract is pretty reasonable for a capable back-up goalie at slightly more than a million per year.
Mike Santorelli just sorta happened to be honest. I was hoping to keep Richardson, but I couldn’t make it work. Regardless, Santa was a great 4th line center!
It should be noted that Stanton and Weber were not dealt away. They could have been flipped for prospects & picks, but I got lazy. Neither player was called up during the season, so their existence is irrelevant.
VAN sends Luongo, Tanev, Higgins, Burrows to TOR for Reimer, Gunnarsson, Kadri, VanRiemsdyk, 2014 2nd (TOR): There were about 6 teams that had interest in Lu but I couldn’t seem to find a deal that made my top 6 better.
VAN sends Daniel, Henrik, and Bieksa to COL for Duchene, Landeskog, E.Johnson, 2014 2nd (COL), 2015 2nd (COL): This is ridiculous! Straight up ridiculous in my opinion… Talk about getting younger in a hurry!
VAN sends Hamhuis, Corrado, Eriksson, Cederholm to WAS for Carlson, Alzner, Grubauer, Rissling: Not saying I didn’t give up a lot of value here, but I did return an established D pairing…
VAN sends Kesler, Garrison, Booth to OTT for Ryan, Methot, Greening, 2014 3rd (OTT): I managed to rid myself of Booth… I gave up a lot here to get Bobby Ryan, but I desperately needed a younger sniper to line up with Duchene (Playmaker) and Landeskog (Power Forward).
VAN sends Gaunce, Hansen, Alberts, Weise, 2014 2nd (VAN) to LAK for Brown, Frattin, Muzzin, Shore: This deal could blow up NM! This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to acquire a known enemy of the Canucks, but man does Brown make my team tougher to play against!
VAN sends Edler, Sauve, Sestito, 2014 2nd (COL) to WPG for Bogosian, Tangradi, Pardy: Bogosian is a beast! He has size, speed, and age on his side. I like Tangradi as a 4th line grinder instead of having Tostitos because…
VAN sends Dalpe, Richardson, Defazio, 2014 3rd (VAN) to NYR for Boyle, Dorsett, Hrivik, 2014 3rd (NYR): Boyle is an SOB in the circle, and Dorsett is always given some attributes that make him more valuable than his 76 overall would suggest.
VAN sends Schroeder to NYI for Strome: I LOL’d at this deal… I don’t understand why EA has decided that Strome isn’t a highly touted prospect any more. Both players have 74 ratings, and Strome is bigger… ‘Nuff said!
The team was left with just under 1.5 million in cap space, and I didn’t feel the need to make any further trades so let’s move on!
Opening Night Lineup:
The Canucks strung together some ridiculous win streaks of 11 and 14 games during the course of the season. They finished with the second best record in the NHL at 52-24-6.
Vancouver’s own James Reimer walked away with the Jennings award for fewest goals against by a goalie that played in at least 25 games.
The real story of the awards was Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay who walked away with: Art Ross (scoring), Hart (MVP), Lady Bying (sportsmanship), Ted Lindsay (NHLPA MVP), and Rocket Richard (goals). I should go after this guy some time to see how many Canucks I’d have to give up acquiring him!
The Other awards were as follows: Wisniewski (Norris), Markstrom (Calder), Rinne (Vezina, Reims was robbed!), Ericsson (DET, Masterton), Datsyuk (Selke)
(1) Vancouver vs. (5) Chicago- Vancouver trailed the entire series overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to make it to game 7. When Dustin Brown scored on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 3-1, the Canucks thought they had the game wrapped up. Unfortunately the Hawks had other ideas. Marian Hossa tied the game with 25 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. Dustin Brown wins it for the home team 5 minutes into the extra frame, scoring his 2nd goal of the game.
(1) Vancouver vs. (2) Phoenix- Phoenix never stood a chance in this series as the Canucks got out to an early 2-0 series lead. Phoenix fought hard, but could not keep up with the potent Vancouver offense being outscored 23-9 in the 6 game series.
Western Conference Finals
(1) Vancouver vs. (1) Colorado- The Sedin brothers returned to Vancouver looking to beat their former team in a showdown of the top teams in the West. This had the makeup to be a long brutal series, in theory… Colorado’s offense was stymied this series as Optimus Reim posted 3 shutouts en route to a 4-1 series victory.
(1) Vancouver vs. (4) Florida- Cinderella story Florida makes their first SCF appearance since 1996. This was probably the most lopsided Stanley Cup Finals in decades as the ‘Nucks sweep the Panthers with scores of 4-1, 3-0, 4-3, and 5-2. The Conne Smythe trophy went to captain Dustin Brown who posted 24 points in 22 games.
We’re just at the 2014 entry draft now… I think I’m going to ride this roster out for a few more seasons, at least until I get into a huge cap mess…