Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman says at this point he doesn’t think there will be “pronounced change” this summer.
“There are always going to be changes of some nature,” Gilman told listeners on the Team 1040. “There will be change, [but] I don’t think there’s going to be pronounced change, but we’ll have to see.
“There will be some change with respect to some of the composition of our lineup, but beyond that I’m not 100 percent sure,” he reiterated later in the interview.
“I do know we’re every happy with the core group of this team and as much as I think the world of Alain Vigneault, I definitely believed it was time for a change,” he said. “We needed a new voice. We needed a new leader. I think that whomever’s going to be [the next coach] is going to be someone that has the ability to harness this group and get them forward.”
What does this mean? We can probably expect defenceman Alexander Edler, who has been subject to trade speculation, to be back with the team next season.
The only move we know the Canucks will be making this offseason is the trade of goaltender Roberto Luongo. Gilman said Luongo would not be back with the team.
As for possibly buying out defenceman Keith Ballard and forward David Booth, Gilman refused to comment specifically. He did, however, say it’s one of the mechanisms in the collective bargaining agreement that they have the option of using.
There’s the possibility both players could be back next season as there have been suggestions Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is reluctant about buying any players out due to the “financial implications.”