Vancouver is barely holding on to the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference Playoffs chase, but the Canucks are having a problem scoring goals, not something that was expected from the veteran team. A trade might be their only cure.
Tony Gallagher has reported that the ship is sinking and a life vest is needed to save the 2013-14 NHL season. With the Winter Olympics about to start, it leaves less than one month for the front office to find a player that can snap the offensive woes and make this team a contender for the Stanley Cup.
Sports Illustrated is another publication that believes Vancouver needs help and they have reported that Thomas Vanek would be a good pickup. Vanek recently turned down a big contract extension from the NY Islanders, leading many hockey experts to believe he wants out of New York.
The 30-year-old is having an outstanding season, scoring 47 points in 55 games and since his trade earlier in the year from Buffalo, the veteran winger has shown that he is just more than a scorer, playing more physical since the deal and proving to be a force on both ends of the ice.
Vancouver get stand pat with the roster they have in place, but fans are restless and the teams window for winning is getting smaller and that should be enough to get the front office kicking some tires during the upcoming break in action and make something happen before next months NHL imposed deadline.