Canucks need to focus on old adage
'You win championships with defense,' right? They need a shutdown force
Plugging Holes -- Vancouver Canucks
The Hole: A shutdown defenseman
The Chicago Blackhawks exposed one of Vancouver's few shortcomings in the playoffs -- and its lack of shutdown depth on the blue line will only get worse if the Canucks part ways with unrestricted free agent Willie Mitchell. The Canucks threw the second-fewest hits and yet took the sixth-most minor penalties this past season, and they would benefit most from signing one of the many board-rattling but disciplined free-agent defensemen.
After the pay wall: a possible fix for the team, E.J.'s take on it and more analysis. For all this, news on the draft and everything else essential for pre-July 1 puckheads, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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