After a week of the NHL free agency period, the Vancouver Canucks have very little to show. Sure they picked up an injury-prone and aging forward in Marco Sturm, but it's hard to imagine the Stanley Cup parade with that pickup.
The rest of the Canucks' moves this past week have either been re-signing their own guys, namely Kevin Bieksa and Chris Higgins, or getting young, cheap and inexperienced depth-fodder players.
This is a team that was one game short of winning it all just a month ago. While that might make one ponder, the wisdom in doing nothing, standing pat and going to battle with the same guys as last year would only result in disaster—kind of like drinking light beer.
The Canucks need to reach for the top shelf this offseason. So what do they still need?
First and foremost, they could use an upgrade in their top-six forwards. They could use a sniper to play alongside Ryan Kesler, who seemed to be all alone on the ice at times during the postseason.
They might also consider getting a beefy winger to play with the Sedin's.
With most of the choice free agents already signed, it appears the only way the Canucks are going to do this is via the trade route.
So who could they trade? The trick is offering up a talented player in order to get one back without taking a step backward.
Here is a list of the most trade-able Canucks.