The Vancouver Canucks are an elite hockey team whose time is now.
They stumbled at times during the regular season but still managed to capture their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy.
While they were surprised by their five-game ouster by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, it appears that situation was, at least in part, the result of running into a hot team at the wrong time.
The Canucks have their Art Ross-winning Sedin twins under contract for two more years. They have Selke trophy winner Ryan Kesler coming back from shoulder surgery. They have a solid blue line and top-notch goaltending.
Last summer, the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings showed us that it is possible to make blockbuster trades that can benefit both franchises. Big names and big contracts can be moved, even in the salary-cap era. And Mike Gillis has shown that he's no wallflower. Remember his $20 million free agent offer to Mats Sundin just months after taking over as General Manager?
At his end-of-season press conference, Gillis talked about the Canucks' need to get bigger and stronger and focus on offense. The Canucks could use an elite power forward—a guy who can take the body, crash the crease and score a bunch of goals while making his teammates play a little bigger.
Let's dream big.
If the Canucks could add a Grade A power forward to their roster by trade, who should it be?
I've listed four here. Got other ideas? Share them in the comments below.