The Vancouver Canucks have undoubtedly gotten worse this summer. They have lost Maxim Lapierre, Derek Roy, Keith Ballard, Cory Schneider and Mason Raymond (most likely), and even talks with Chris Tanev have hit a standstill.
If you're wondering which players have replaced those lost to trade and free agency, then join the club—the answer is not yet clear. One thing we do know is the Canucks don't have the money to make the additions they so desperately need.
On one hand, it's a letdown that the Canucks' Cup window is closing. They will no longer be favourites to make it to the Final, nor will they be favourites to make the playoffs.
But on the other hand, it does make for an exciting season. The Canucks will have to fight for a playoff spot; every game will be a battle. And throughout that exciting season will be some interesting headlines.
The following is a prediction of what some of those headlines might be.