Summer Skate: Vancouver Canucks
With a key defenseman healthy, it's time for this team to finally climb the mountain
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Vancouver Canucks
In 2009-10, the Canucks got career seasons from Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Christian Ehrhoff -- yet still didn't reach the Stanley Cup finals. GM Mike Gillis quickly identified what few opportunities the Canucks had to improve: He upgraded their blue line, completely retooled their bottom six and picked up Manny Malhotra to shore up their penalty killing. The question still remains, though: Is that enough to finally get this squad over the hump?
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