The Canucks aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but that’s more of a formality than anything at this point. They’re seven points back of the Los Angeles Kings for the eighth place in the Western Conference, and we’re on the other side of Christmas.
There’s a silver lining to almost everything, though. I tend to think there’s one that applies to the rebuilding (sort of rebuilding, anyways) Canucks. Once they’re out, they can start to experiment with their roster. Whether that means through trades, call-ups and lineup decisions. The world is their oyster!
With that in mind, what do you want to see from the Canucks down the home stretch? Any trades, roster decisions or lineup changes. Whatever you’re feeling, so long as it’s mildly realistic.
Last week I asked: which players would you protect in the expansion draft? Which would you expose?
JuiceBox: Protect Sedin, Sedin, Eriksson, Sutter, Hansen, Baertschi, Horvat, Edler, Tanev, Gudbranson and Markstrom.
Locust: Hansen, Edler and Burrows all moved for picks at the deadline.
Canucks lose Gaunce in expansion.
Big draft moves and trades to fill holes and stock up.
Burrows resigns in 17/18 for his last year.
Canucks compete for playoffs in 17/18 but just fall short.
Canucks vastly improved moving forward.
Canucks win cup. JD leaves CA in disgust.
Beefus: I’m intrigued by the idea of asking the Sedins to waive their no-movement clause prior to the expansion draft. Would Vegas want one Sedin at age 37 at a 6.5 million cap hit? I think that it would be worth the risk if it meant being able to protect two more of our young players.
TD: I want to see Rodin at his best and likely look to protect him. I thought he was the best player in the preseason and looked to have a much higher ceiling than Granlund or Baertschi. Either way, they should resign him when they can so that they don’t lose him to free agency. Even he is signed and lost in the expansion draft, we wouldn’t lose a different player.
andyg: I think they should do very little. There is no one in this years draft that is worth giving up much for. The major trades will not happen until the expansion draft is over. The draft itself may see more action. I think trade deadline may be very quiet and only involve a few deals for rentals.