The Vancouver Canucks 2010-2011 season was a success. Winning the Presidents Trophy as the top team in the regular season and going to game seven in the Stanley Cup finals only to lose on home ice to the Boston Bruins. So why does such a successful season feel like such a failure? How will GM Mike Gillis react? What is the next move for the Canucks?
Looking ahead to the off-season and players with expiring contracts, Gillis has several key players to deal with. Three left-wingers will be UFA's: Chris Higgins, Raffi Torres and Jeff Tambellini. Key defensemen that will also be UFA's are Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, Christian Ehnhoff, and Andrew Alberts.
The hot topic since loosing game seven has been goaltending. Have the Canucks lost faith in franchise goalie Roberto Luongo? If they have, can they move his 11 year contract? If Luongo stays what happens to Cory Schneider? Schneider has proven himself to be worthy of a NHL starting role.