Feb 21, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Maxim Lapierre (40) chases the puck during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Canucks defeated the Stars 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Have Held No Contract Talks With Lapierre, Other UFAs

The Vancouver Canucks have not had any contact with the agents for unrestricted free agents Maxim Lapierre, Derek Roy, Manny Malhotra, Dale Weise, and Mason Raymond.

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.

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