Vancouver Canucks: 3 Players Currently on the Trade Block

Mar 9, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa (5) awaits the start of play against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa (5) awaits the start of play against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 15, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey (7) is congratulated by his teammates forward Emerson Etem (26) defensemen Alexander Edler (23) and forward Alexandre Burrows (14) after his first period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

Outlook

Having five or six players fighting for four roster spots is the definition of depth. And depth is a good thing. But a look at the Canucks’ depth chart shows that they could still have enough depth after executing a trade or two.

Sedin – Sedin – Eriksson
Baertschi – Horvat – Hansen
Rodin – Sutter – UFA
Etem – Granlund – Burrows

Extras: Dorsett, Virtanen, Gaunce

Edler – Tanev
Hutton – Gudbranson
Sbisa – Larsen

Extras: Tryamkin, Biega, Pedan, Stecher

If Jim Benning manages to sign another winger, Derek Dorsett, Jake Virtanen and Brendan Gaunce would likely be healthy scratches or start the season in Utica. Virtanen was an incredibly important player in the 2015-16 season — even if it didn’t show on the score sheet — and it would be huge to keep him in the lineup. Having both Dorsett and Burrows (and therefore $7.15 million in salary cap hits) as healthy scratches, would be terrible from a business point of view.

Trading either Dorsett or Burrows could partly solve that problem.

Of course, the Canucks also have to wait and see what they have in Anton Rodin. Is the Swedish league MVP really ready to play in the NHL? Can he be a second-line player? Because if not, Virtanen, Gaunce or Dorsett could fill his spot. The Canucks should wait until training camp before they pull the trigger.

The same goes for the blue line. Is Philip Larsen really the power-play quarterback the Canucks hoped to get in him? Do Alex Biega, Andrey Pedan or Troy Stecher maybe look good enough to jump into the starting lineup?

Next: Top 5 Remaining UFA Targets

Again, the Canucks need to wait and see what they have. That uncertainty is the reason why teams sign more players than they really need in the offseason. If Biega, Pedan, Stecher and Nikita Tryamkin look solid in training camp, though, Luca Sbisa definitely becomes expandable.

The Vancouver Canucks’ roster for the 2016-17 season is all but set — but a lot could change in the upcoming months.