By Shane Darrow on June 30, 2014
After five consecutive appearances in the postseason, which included one trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Vancouver Canucks failed to make the playoffs last season. With a few new faces in the Canucks' locker room, next season will be a testament as to whether or not the Canucks should start to rebuild a franchise that was once feared by the entire NHL. Here are five players the Canucks should build around for next season.
First off, the Vancouver Canucks would need to acquire Mike Cammalleri, and if they can do so they will be given a forward who will help fit their biggest need – secondary scoring. Of all the offensive possibilities this free agency period, Cammalleri makes the most sense and fits best in Vancouver. His speed and skill would be a great way for the Canucks to revamp their second line.
Alexander Edler is only 28-years-old and is committed to the Canucks for at least another five years. Considering the size of his contract, the Canucks' front office must be certain that Edler can lead the Canucks back to the Stanley Cup Finals. Edler's plus-minus rating was horrendous last season, and he'll need to have a rebound year if the Canucks are going to be successful.
If the Canucks can't sign Mike Cammalleri, Nick Bonino is the likely choice to center the second line. Now that Ryan Kesler is in Anaheim, the Canucks desperately need someone who can provide offensive depth. If Bonino ends up being that guy, the Canucks could easily find themselves back in the postseason.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been the faces of the franchise for years now, and if the Canucks are ever going to make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals, it will likely be because of their play. At one point, the team was built around the Sedin twins, and they ended up being one win away from taking home the Stanley Cup.
The Canucks' biggest current issue might be scoring goals, but it doesn't matter if they don't have someone between the pipes who can prevent them. With both Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider out of the picture in Vancouver, it's Eddie Lack who enters next season with the most weight on his shoulders. The Canucks may reach out and try to acquire a veteran goaltender, but if they don't, it'll be Lack's time to shine.
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