Should the Vancouver Canucks start rebuilding by moving some veterans for youth? Is Avalanche winger P.A. Parenteau on the trade block?

Will Canucks GM Mike Gillis shake things up in the near future?

Will Canucks GM Mike Gillis shake things up in the near future?

SPORTSNET: Mark Spector believes the Vancouver Canucks may still be the better of Canada’s seven teams but they won’t remain that way if GM Mike Gillis stands pat with his current roster. Spector feels it is obvious the Canucks must shop some of their veteran assets though he acknowledged the difficulty in doing so given many have no-trade clauses in their contracts. He also notes some, like the Sedins and Alex Edler, are on expensive long-term contracts.

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox echos Spector’s suggestion the Canucks must shake things up and avoid sitting on their ageing core player for too long. Cox points to the Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks as teams which dealt some veterans away for young talent and avoided a prolonged, painful rebuilding process.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Spector (no relation) and Cox.  The Canucks window for a Stanley Cup with their current core of talent has closed and it would be best if they begin rebuilding by moving some of their veterans for promising young talent.  The problem, of course, is some of them have virtually untradeable contracts (Roberto Luongo), are under lengthy and expensive new contracts (Sedins, Edler), would have to be moved as a pair (the Sedins again) or carry no-movement or no-trade clauses (Sedins, Luongo, Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Jason Garrison). I doubt we’ll see Gillis try to shake things up before the trade deadline, but don’t be surprised if he attempts to shake things up in the off-season.

DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports Colorado Avalanche winger P.A. Parenteau was a healthy scratch for the second straight game as the Avs faced the Minnesota Wild last night. Chambers noted Parenteau’s been linked to the Montreal Canadiens in trade rumors ” with some reports saying the Montreal Canadiens might give up defenseman P.K. Subban for Parenteau and prospect(s) or draft picks.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I nearly spit my coffee on my screen when I read the above line. No way the Canadiens trade Subban for that kind of return. You don’t get the 2013 Norris winner for that. The Canadiens aren’t shopping Subban but if they were it’ll take a helluva lot more than Parenteau, picks and prospects to get him. The asking price would start with Nathan MacKinnon and move up from there. Whoever wrote those reports Chambers were referring to is engaged in wishful thinking.

As for Parenteau, he was linked to the Habs earlier this week, reportedly in a proposed swap for Rene Bourque, but that was apparently rejected for various reasons. Avs coach Patrick Roy claims Parenteau isn’t in his doghouse but is merely the odd man out right now because the club is healthy. He expects Parenteau to be back in the lineup soon. Besides, if they’re shopping the veteran winger it would make more sense to play him so rival clubs scouting him can determine if he’s worthwhile to pursue via trade.