As the NHL & NHLPA inch closer to a new CBA, speculation is growing over which players the Vancouver Canucks might move to become cap compliant in 2013-14 under a lower salary cap.

Could David Booth become a buyout candidate?

Could David Booth become a buyout candidate?

VANCOUVER SUN: Brad Ziemer and Iain MacIntyre report the Canucks currently have around $55 million committed to 13 players for the 2013-14 season, which would create a significant cap crunch should the salary cap for that season drop to $60 million under the upcoming CBA. That would mean moving some veteran players, and both suggest goaltender Roberto Luongo, defenseman Keith Ballard and winger David Booth as those likely to move. Both agree Luongo would be traded, while Ballard and Booth could become buyout candidates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s a CBA to save what remains of this season, Luongo is widely expected to be shopped, perhaps as soon as the ink is dry on the new agreement. The Toronto Maple Leafs are rumored to have strong interest in acquiring him.

It’s been reported the league is willing to accept two amnesty buyouts, so expect the Canucks to make use of that should it become necessary to dump more salary before 2013-14, with Ballard and Booth as strong possibilities.