The Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre captured the vibe on his Twitter at the time:
If it were up to popular vote, seems entire Canuck team next year will consist of Schneider and re-acquired Hodgson.— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) April 24, 2012
Now that the dust has settled, the sting has eased a bit thanks to the Kings' continued dominance in the postseason. General Manager Mike Gillis and Head Coach Alain Vigneault have both re-upped with new contracts. And cooler heads have generally prevailed—it's no longer even certain that Roberto Luongo will be run out of town on the next bus to Timbuktu.
The goalie situation remains a question mark. Much will depend on Cory Schneider's contract negotiations and the Canucks' options with their potential trading partners. Fans could see either netminder, or maybe even both, back between the pipes at the start of next season.
Looking at the team as a whole, capgeek.com reports that the Canucks have 10 forwards, six defensemen and one goalie under contract next year, for a total commitment of $55 million. James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail is reporting that a 'temporary' salary cap number of $70.3 million is being floated for next season. That leaves $15 million for the Canucks to spend.
The team has four restricted free agents it must sign or set free, and is making noise about bringing in a couple of its young players. That's a full roster, and a pretty full payroll.
If the Canucks plan to make any meaningful changes beyond their rookies, they're going to need to do it by trade. Somebody has to go. The merits of any deal depend on what they'll bring in return.
Here's my list of the eight names that should not cross Mike Gillis' lips when he's talking to other General Managers this summer. What do you think? Is anyone else untouchable? Let me know in the comments.
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