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The Canucks are not (yet) ready to start a rebuild

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After acquiring Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland from the Coyotes early last season, the Canucks were planning to get serious in 2021-22. They wanted to make the playoffs and maybe go a long way in the playoffs.

However, the start of the season was difficult, Travis Green lost his dressing room and was replaced by Bruce Boudreau. Although the latter did relatively well upon his arrival in British Columbia, it was (already) too late.

While their first two forwards in JT Miller and Brock Boeser may be in their last moments with the team, the time has come for team GM Patrik Allvin to decide.

Boeser will become a limited free agent on July 13 and Miller will become one after the 2022-2023 season.

Will they be traded? The optimal solution for Vancouver is not to send them elsewhere, but if Allvin were to trade them, it would be for good young players and not draft picks.

For the Canucks, it’s not about giving up and rebuilding. But if they have a good offer, they will move. It’s an “open season” in Vancouver.

The acquisition of Andrei Kuzmenko is a sign that new GM Patrik Allvin wants to win now.

Acquiring Miller or Boeser will be very expensive. Not only will the teams involved have to lose a good young star in the squad, but they won’t be able to improve in the short term either, because Vancouver doesn’t just want draft picks.

Lot of

– A nice rip off!

– Darcy Kuemper should be in goal tonight.

– Great victory for one of the two Quebec representatives.

– She’s fine.

– The second all-star team is better than the first …

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