Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis can't break out the pen to sign free agents until noon on July 1, but he and the rest of the Canucks front office are already busy looking at who they should pursue this offseason.
The Canucks are coming off of one of their most successful seasons in franchise history, and many free agents now have an interest in making the move north.
The Canucks have a long list of unrestricted free agents that they could lose, and filling the skates of some of those on the list will be a challenging task for the Canucks this summer.
There are 16 Canucks that will become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Fans will be keeping a close eye on several of those players, including Christian Ehrhoff, Sami Salo, and Kevin Bieksa, the man who put the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals with his knuckle-puck blue-line goal against the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
Here are seven players the Canucks need to sign this summer to gear up for another run to the Stanley Cup Final, including one familiar face.