It's about that time. The few days a year you hope your team puts some things in motion that will make you happy between September and June. At this time last year, Vancouver was close to losing the Sedins, a move that would have changed their entire team (and robbed them of their first Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner). They also didn't know if Luongo would be sticking around, but Gillis made sure the trio - along with that Kesler guy - aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
With the dust starting to settle on the biggest trade Gillis has made to date (Grabner/Ballard), it becomes more evident what needs to happen this summer. After the jump, we'll take a look at who's coming and going, where the holes are and what some of our rivals may be up to.
Pending UFAs: Alexandre Bolduc, Pavol Demitra, Ryan Johnson, Yan Stastny, Matt Pettinger, Kyle Wellwood, Brad Lukowich, Willie Mitchell, Lawrence Nycholat, Nathan McIver, Andrew Raycroft
Key needs: By signing Cory Schneider earlier this month, Gills solidified the back-up role left vacant by the departing Raycroft. Schneider will continue to be talked about as trade bait, so if that happens, Vancouver will be on the lookout for another cheap back-up as they have none in the pipeline.
Potential targets: Until Dan Hamhuis and Anton Volchenkov sign somewhere, they'll be linked to MG's mad dash at all things defense. Paul Martin could be another top pairing choice while potential secondary targets could be the likes of Zbynek Michalek or Jordan Leopold. It's likely they'll keep an eye on Willie Mitchell when he begins skating in July, but so will 29 other teams.