By Nick Villano @nick_villano on April 18, 2014
The Vancouver Canucks are one of the most disappointing teams in the NHL in 2013-14. They started the season with a big name coach after firing Alain Vigneault and bringing in John Tortorella. They finally fixed their two-goalie situation, trading Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils and going 100 percent in with Roberto Luongo. None of this worked out, and now they need to make some changes.
Andrew Alberts isn't a household name. He missed most of the season with different injuries, including a major concussion. He is one of the few unrestricted free agents on a team that needs to shed salary. He will not be resigned.
Chris Tanev is a player nobody saw coming, proof from his undrafted status. He was one of the biggest surprises on this Canucks team. While he would still fit nicely on the Canucks defense, he is in line for a raise up to three times what he is already making. I don't think the team can afford to pay him while not making major upgrades.
Another guy who should get an upgrade in salary, Mike Santorelli finally showed he can still score after a 20-goal season in 2010-11 with the Florida Panthers. He won't get paid a ton, but I don't see the Canucks making a major play to keep Santorelli and he will go elsewhere.
This is something everyone had to have seen coming. Ryan Kesler was rumored of having asked for a trade around the trade deadline, but the Canucks were asking for too much since they were still in the playoff hunt. Many teams were interested, but nobody wanted to give that much up midseason. Now that the season is over, something will get done.
Sometimes you have to realize when something doesn't work. John Tortorella and the Canucks just don't work. Both need a fresh start, that is if someone gives Tortorella a chance after this. It seems like both sides will agree to a buyout and will part. Torts is not looking to rebuild, but the Canucks may be on their way to a season of change.
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