Vancouver took a swing at Ryan Clowe and missed.
They took a swing at Raffi Torres and missed again.
When it came down to the wire, reports were the Canucks had as many as four deals on the table - including one for starting-goalie-in-waiting Roberto Luongo - but when the buzzer sounded the team was left with their squad pretty much wholly intact. Derek Roy in, no one (besides K-Nauts) out.
Luongo was teased with a move after being pulled off the ice at practice, but then gave a presser in which his honesty - "It's a hit on your pride teams aren't willing to give up much" and "My contract sucks" - was on full display.
Many critics will proclaim (fiercely) that this isn't good enough. Almost all will never know what Gillis and Gilman were looking at. The only thing we know for certain is that with Kesler aiming for a return and Kassian on a brief stint in Chicago for being naughty (let that be a lesson to the kids out there: misbehave and you'll be banished to Illinois) this same Canucks core that has floundered in the middle of this short season will try and remain in the West elite as the playoffs loom on the horizon.
Hold on to your butts.