Vancouver Canucks Face Some Uncertainty This Offseason

By Stephanie Lewark
Anne-Marie Sorvin – USA TODAY Sports

With the San Jose Sharks eliminating the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, there’s a few questions that the organization will be facing this offseason regarding the team and coaching staff that will need to be answered.  General manager Mike Gillis is the man who faces that difficult task of answering those questions, so this will be a busy offseason for him.

Will Roberto Luongo finally be traded?  Luongo has been struggling in net for the past few seasons and the Canucks have been looking to unload him since.  He is an elite goalie who believes he still has something left in the tank and with his accomplishments you’d think it would be an easy trade.  The problem is that Luongo has nine years left on a 12-year contract worth $64 million and includes a no-trade clause, which allows him to have a say in what team(s) he can go to.  Luongo is confident that this is the last season he’ll spend with Vancouver as he’s already put his home up for sale.

Is it time to fire Alain Vigneault?  This seems to be highly likely as head coaches are usually the scape goats in any resolution to problems with a team.  Vancouver has made the playoffs for five consecutive seasons with a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2011, but making the playoffs and winning the Cup are two completely different things.  Coming up short for five straight post-seasons is a problem that needs solved and unfortunately for Vigneault it may just cost him his job.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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