It could take time to rebuild the Canucks.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre believes there’s no quick fix for the Canucks problems. Fixing their limited cap space should be addressed by trading Roberto Luongo and buying out defenseman Keith Ballard, but MacIntyre suggests Canucks management use caution in the UFA market this summer. He doubts they could afford David Clarkson, Ryane Clowe or Nathan Horton, while lesser lights such as Guillaume Latendresse, Raffi Torres, Eric Nystrom, Bryan Bickell won’t come cheap.
He feels Alexander Edler makes the most sense as a trade chip, wondering if he might fetch someone like Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier, Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader, or Colorado’s Jamie McGinn. MacIntyre also noted GM Mike Gillis was non-committal over asking any of his players with no-trade clauses if they would waive them.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford noted how well the Sedins were playing with Loui Eriksson as their linemate at the World Hockey Championships. He noted the Stars are apparently shopping Eriksson, but believes the Canucks need a center more than a winger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trading Luongo may be easier said than done, and the Canucks might have to pick up part of his salary to get a deal done. Edler is likely their most marketable trade chip. The Flyers might be interested, but the Wings have promising Dan DeKeyser, which could take them out of the market for a puck-moving blueliner. As for the Avs, they need a physical stay-at-home blueliner, not someone like Edler. I still don’t buy into the theory the Stars would shop Eriksson, as such a move leaves them dangerously weak on the right side. If they were to move him, however, the theory is they would want a first-line center in return, which rules out the Canucks as a destination.