Heading into the 2010-11 season, the Canucks have to be considered the strongest Stanley Cup contender in the West.
GM Mike Gillis made a couple of key moves, and they will be very beneficial to the club this season, as well as the future.
First, he made a deal with the Panthers to land Keith Ballard, who is a very strong top four defenseman, who can log key minutes.
Second, he landed the best blueliner on the free agent market, as Dan Hamhuis signed with the team as well, automatically becoming the top dog in Vancouver.
With Hamhuis and Ballard joining Alex Edler and Christian Ehrhoff, the team has one of the best young defensive quartets in the game. Add in the fact that Sami Salo, Kevin Bieksa and Shane O'Brien are still on the roster as well, and you can see that Roberto Luongo has some great support.
In addition to the blueline, Gillis also addressed some needs up front, as he signed Manny Malhotra to provide sound penalty killing and checking duties on the third line. Malhotra can also shift to the wing, if a guy like Cody Hodgson makes the team due to a huge training camp.
The Sedins and Ryan Kesler are still around up front, so to me, the Canucks are the team with the strongest offseason to date.