Ranking the Top 5 Offseason Priorities for Vancouver Canucks

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Ranking the Top 5 Offseason Priorities for Vancouver Canucks
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The Canucks shake hands with the Sharks after their first-round sweep.

The Vancouver Canucks are a mess right now. 

The core of the roster (Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler and Roberto Luongo) have been together since the 2006-07 season. 

That season also happened to be the first season Alain Vigneault was the head coach of the Canucks, after coaching several of those players for the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Manitoba.

That is a long time for the core of a team to be together, and there have been both highs and lows. 

The Vigneault-coached Canucks were arguably the most successful regular-season team in the NHL during that span, going 313-170-57, making the playoffs six times and winning the Northwest Division six times as well. 

This incarnation of the Canucks also set franchise firsts by winning the President’s Trophy as the top team in 2010-11, and then repeating in 2011-12. It also won major individual awards (Art Ross, Hart, Jennings and Selke), again franchise firsts.

But in the playoffs, the Canucks' performance was much more uneven, winning six playoff series, but also losing six as well. 

More pertinently, they have now lost three playoff series in a row, starting with the 2011 ouster in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Boston Bruins, followed by first-round exits at the hands of the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks.

Now the team is at a crossroads, the fans are alternating between furious and apathetic, and changes are coming. 

Here are some of the major decisions that need to be made before the draft on June 30, in the approximate order that they need to be made.

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