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5 thoughts on the Canucks

Management may have figured out that the playoffs are a dream and the rebuild can continue.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

1. Vancouver and goalies

Everyone expects Ryan Miller to be ask to waive his modified NTC and head out to California in some way, shape or form. How about for something completely different? How the Canucks trade Markstrom to the Ducks for Bernier? If Anaheim wants to go with Gibson but have no faith in Bernier as the backup, then Marky is a good choice as his numbers are far better than Bernier and for less money. The Canucks are only stuck with Bernier for the reminder of the season as he is an UFA.

And hey, we can re-sign Miller for 2 more years during this re-build.

2. The Twins

Assuming they don’t retire after the end of next year, should the Nucks resign them? I can see the pros and cons to both.

3. Brendan Gaunce and advanced stats

Gaunce is an RFA at the end of the year. Do his adv. stats numbers justify a raise for next year or does his lack of offensive skill at the NHL level lead to a contract offer that is worth the same? Gaunce’s CF% is the second highest on the team (DD is first..remember him), but he has how many goals??......that’s right, zero.

4. Skille vs youth

Jack Skille has done a pretty good job this year…hasn’t he? When Dorsett comes back next year and takes his rightful place on the 4th line, will management have a place for Skille or will they insert youth there? (look above)

5. The curious case of Rodin

Unlike Philip Larsen, who I wouldn’t want back, Rodin was/is an unknown. I wonder if his leg will ever heal properly. One of the aspects that the Canucks desperately need is speed and creativity with the puck. I wonder if the Nucks make a qualifying offer?