The Vancouver Canucks are yet again going to enter the postseason in the top three in the West, with little to no competition in the Northwest division.
The general consensus is that Mike Gillis will make at least one addition to the team prior to the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Last year, the Canucks fell just one game shy of the Stanley Cup, losing in a seven game series to the Boston Bruins. A major reason why the Bruins won the series was the fact that the Canucks couldn't match their gritty, hard-nosed style...and the fact that their goalie isn't human.
The Canucks have since lost Christian Ehrhoff, Tanner Glass and Raffi Torres, three players who played a big part in the team's physicality. Despite the pleasantly surprising entrance of Byron Bitz, the Canucks are still lacking in that area.
At 26 years old, Raymond still has a ton of potential in his career, but it appears that the plethora of talent on the Canucks' roster is limiting his abilities.
Of course, Keith Ballard is also on the market if any team is willing to pick up the $4.2 million, 7-point stud.
While they'll most likely keep him as insurance against a Roberto Luongo meltdown, Cory Schneider would be available if the right player was offered in return. But the number of teams who need a starting goaltender and have something to offer in return are minimal.
It would come as a huge surprise if the Canucks were to remain quiet in the next 10 days.
The following is a list of the top 10 players the Canucks should look to acquire in their quest for the Stanley Cup.