The Vancouver Canucks made the Stanley Cup Finals not too long ago. However, with the way the franchise is going now, it doesn’t seem that way.
The Canucks are struggling to stay in the playoff hunt in a very tough Pacific Division. Now, with the struggles they have been going through, it looks like they might be willing to deal some of their big-name players.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun notes that the Canucks are ready to move in a different direction after falling out of being one of the NHL’s elite teams. He says to expect any deals coming out of Vancouver to have a ‘bigger-picture feel’ to them.
He says not to expect the Sedins to get traded. They did just sign long-term with the Canucks after all. However it looks like if they get the right return, anyone could be had. That includes players like Ryan Kesler and Alexandre Burrows. Again, only if the Canucks get a good return.
Being at the top of the NHL for quite a while has had a negative effect on the team’s prospect system. Drafting at the bottom of the first-round hasn’t exactly given them the cream of the crop. Other than last year, where they got Bo Horvat with the ninth overall pick that they acquired in the Cory Schneider deal.
I would not be surprised to see more deals like that happen before the trade deadline or even at the draft in June. In the coming months, Vancouver will definitely be one of the NHL teams to watch if this new belief stays.