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Canucks' gamble on Pearson extension could pose future salary-cap issues

29 days ago   |   By Sportsnet

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks ' wager on Tanner Pearson doesn't look nearly as good as their bet on Thatcher Demko.
When the National Hockey League team took a calculated risk last week on Demko, their gamble was backed by the strong likelihood the goalie will continue to improve and should be a bargain by the end of his contract.
But when the team bet Thursday on Pearson, the risk was amplified by the probability that the winger's game may erode over the contract's term and make him another liability against the indefinitely tight salary cap in Vancouver.
Demko turned 25 in December...
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