The Vancouver Canucks didn’t make a big splash in the free agent market this offseason, but then again, they didn’t need to.
When you have a team that was only one win away from winning the Stanley Cup, you shouldn’t need to make many changes. Instead, GM Mike Gillis focused on keeping several key pieces of the team in Vancouver in order to re-load for another run at the Stanley Cup in 2012.
But while the Canucks let the other NHL teams go after the majority of free agents earlier this summer, there are still some serviceable players who remain unsigned. You might think the Canucks have no need for these players, but there are still a few question marks on the roster heading into training camp in a couple of weeks.
Will the team sign another defenseman to help fill the void left by Christian Ehrhoff? Will they add another forward to help defend against the current injuries to Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond along with potential injuries that may occur during the season?
With every question comes a potential solution, and that’s where these free agents come in. I’ve compiled seven unrestricted free agents who I feel could fit in and contribute to the Canucks success if given the opportunity.
Of course, there needs to be a realistic chance of these players actually signing in Vancouver as well, which is why you won’t see Teemu Selanne’s name on this list, as he’ll either stay in Anaheim or retire.
Maybe the Canucks will take a chance on one of these players, or maybe they won’t. But you can never have too much depth in your system, and that’s why it might be a good idea to look at one or more of the following free agents: