With the Vancouver Canucks being swept out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the San Jose Sharks and their failing to win a Stanley Cup in five straight seasons, there will be a lot of necessary moves that need to be made in the off-season. Some moves are obvious while others may be more risky and unconventional, but changes will need to be made in order to try to resolve issues and create a winning team.
The first person usually affected by a team needing a major change is typically the coach and Canucks head coach, Alain Vigneault, is no exception. Coaches usually serve as scape goats and it will be quite surprising if Vigneault is not relieved of his duties sometime during this off-season.
Trading Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is also an obvious move and something that the team has been looking to do since Luongo has been on a downward spiral for the past few seasons. Although he’s been tough to trade with nine years left on a 12-year, $64 million contract, both the Canucks and Luongo are optimistic a deal will be done this off-season.
Reports have alluded to the fact that it may be a good idea to trade veteran defenseman Alex Edler. Just like Luongo, though, Edler may prove difficult to move after his signing a five-year, $30 million contract this past January. Edler can be used to acquire a much-needed forward. Other reports have made mention of compliance buyouts for both forward David Booth and defenseman Keith Ballard. Buyouts are meant to help teams with the decreasing salary cap for next season and each team has been awarded two to use (or not) in this off-season or next. A buyout means that a player’s salary will not count towards the former team’s cap, but it also means that the player cannot play for the team who buys out their contract for (or the duration of) that season.