2011 NHL Free Agency: 5 Fowards the Vancouver Canucks Should Pursue

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2011 NHL Free Agency: 5 Fowards the Vancouver Canucks Should Pursue
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When the Vancouver Canucks scored eight goals in seven games during the Stanley Cup Finals, it became clear what they needed to accomplish over the summer. They had to bring in guys who could score.

The only way the Canucks could add a player who is a huge scoring threat at this point is through trades, with most of the big scorers already being swooped up by other teams. However, there are still intriguing options at the forward position for the Canucks.

There are some big question marks on the Canucks roster right now. Mason Raymond isn't expected to return from his back injury until November, and the Canucks will want to keep a close eye on how effective he can be when he returns.

Mikael Samuelsson's numbers also raised eyebrows in Vancouver last season. He scored 18 goals last season, after putting up a career-high 30 goals during the 2009-10 season. Vancouver hopes he can get his scoring back up again.

The only way the Canucks could add a player who is a huge scoring threat at this point is through trades, with most of the big scorers already being swooped up by other teams. However, there are still intriguing options at the forward position for the Canucks.

Here are five options that Mike Gillis and the Canucks should be considering as the NHL free agency frenzy continues.

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