Most of the quality merchandise has been picked over but the Canucks - who have just under $6 million in cap space available - still have some interesting options as they contemplate their next move.
Of the available talent, most of the intriguing names belong to blueliners.
In no particular order there’s Dennis Seidenberg, Sergei Zubov, Mathieu Schneider, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Niclas Havelid, Derek Morris, Kyle McLaren and Phillipe Boucher.
There really was some sanity there if you looked hard enough to find it. Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis staring down the Sedin twins and their 12-year contract demand and Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland having the courage to tell Marian Hossa to take or leave a 10-year deal worth $40 million were among the more level-headed moves of the first day of free agency.
The Canucks and Sedins met Monday in Sweden, but the twins were not presented with a contract offer, according to agent J.P. Barry. By email, Barry said that the sides were set to reconvene on Tuesday morning (Sweden time), and that this impromptu summit in Stockholm came because Canucks general manager Mike Gillis "wanted to see us face-to-face."
He has not bought a home in Vancouver, that's outlandish...Marian has been in Slovakia. He hasn't been shopping in Vancouver for a home. That's just crazy.