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Goalie Controversy Resolution
I've been a strong supporter of Roberto Luongo's departure just about since the day he arrived. That hasn't changed, but if trading Cory Schneider puts an end to this controversy, then I'm all for it. The team needs a defined No. 1.
The best-case scenario here would be for the Canucks to trade Luongo for either some prospects or a higher draft pick. Any significant salary coming in return would be a failure on Mike Gillis' part. The team has some serious payroll issues going into next season that must be addressed in order to make the improvements needed to once again become a contender.
The Canucks desperately need to get rid of some salary this summer, and it doesn't end at Roberto Luongo. There's some dead weight on the team that needs to go (David Booth and Keith Ballard). I expect one or both of these players to be bought out during the summer, but if the Canucks can find any takers who'll send some youth back, it'd be nothing short of a miracle.
The Canucks currently have the 24th overall pick in the draft. Whether they trade up or keep the pick, it's time to start planning for the post-Sedin era.
Suitable picks include: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Aleksander Barkov (would all require blockbuster trade), Valeri Nichushkin, Elias Lindholm, Bo Horvat, Max Domi, Valentin Zykov, Curtis Lazar, Alexander Wennberg, Anthony Mantha, Frederik Gauthier and Kerby Rychel.