#Canucks sign Sestito but have not contacted agents for Lapierre, Roy, Maholtra, Weise, Raymond.
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Does this mean the Canucks have no interest in re-signing any of these players? Not at all. The Canucks need to make a decision on a new head coach before players are re-signed. The coach plays an important role in personnel decisions.
Tom Sestito was the one exception. Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman called him a “commodity” because he combines enforcer qualities with decent puck skills. They likely see Sestito as an important piece of the Canucks toughness puzzle.
It is, however, unlikely Roy, Raymond, and Malhotra will be back with the team. Roy and Raymond will both be too expensive to retain with a dwindling salary cap. Neither player fits the mold of what the team needs more of—size and physicality—either. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in March that Malhotra wouldn’t ever play for the team again.
Lapierre and Weise, along with defenceman Andrew Alberts, are the only unrestricted free agents that are likely to return to the team next season.