As we pass the quarter pole, the Vancouver Canucks find themselves a game under hockey .500 and in 7th place in the Pacific Division.
As we have posted before we really thought this team was a true contender, but after 23 games it is time for some adjustments and not just moving one defenseman or one forward.
Therefore, GM Kirk Slocum has done a huge shake up of the roster.
Brayden Point, Patric Hornqvist, Jakob Silfverberg, Ty Smith, and Erik Haula have all been moved out.
Kaapo Kakko, Noel Acciari, Joel Edmundson, Joel Armia, Tanner Pearson, and three good prospects in Brennan Othman, Ryan Healey and Kasper Puutio are now Rangers.
Now the lost of Point and Haula will be a big hit on the team’s offense than will only be partially offset but Kakko and Armia. But the addition of Edmundson will be a great defensive improvement then young Mr. Smith brought to the Canucks.
The hope is that these changes will light a fire under the remaining offense to play better and the defense will improve with the addition of Edmundson. That these adjustments will get the Canucks back on track and head up the standings before management is forced into more changes to the roster.
There has been a discussion behind closed doors that maybe this team needs to start a rebuild, but at this point it is thought that this group can make the required leap in the standings.
Only time and players efforts will tell!