Well I was sooooooo sure the Canucks were going to win the Cup this year that I just don't know where to start!
First, as most have said, the coaching staff is done. It's stale, the players don't want to play AV's system anymore and this system no longer follows the Gillis motto that he swore he would abide by when he was hired - entertaining hockey.
The forward group needs retooled something fierce, and the first decision that needs to be made is whether the Sedins are top line players. IMO they still can be but next year is a transitional year as I see it. It's time for Kesler to keep his ass healthy and take over the 1A centre role. Leaving the Sedins as the 1B line with someone other than Burrows.
The Sedin's point totals will drop to somewhere around the 70 point mark next year, and then head further south in subsequent years. Not substantially before they retire but they will drop off enough for us to require a new top line.
This means Kelser needs a permanent skilled winger! This should be Gillis' top priority IMO.
We also need a third line centre, perhaps this can be attained through free agency, perhaps not. However it needs to be addressed. We need someone other than Ryan and Henrik that can take draws, especially key defensive zone faceoffs and when killing penalties.
We need some hard hitting, faster, tougher players on the fourth line as well. Hopefully this can be found in the system or through inexpensive free agent signings. Lain, Mallet, or Archibald come to mind.
As far the defense goes I think with a new coach we could be sitting fairly well. Hamhuis, Garrison, Tanev and Corrado are keepers. I do think that Bieksa can stay and will be just fine if he gets paired back up with Hamhuis and is, of course, healthy. So in reality we may be looking to grab a 5-6th guy and some more depth.
So from what I see:
We obviously need a backup but I think that can be found via free agency.
As far as trading chips go, we know how the Luongo thing is going so hopefully he expands his desired list of teams to be everything east of the Rockies and there's a bigger market for goalies in the summer. Hell maybe we can simply get Neiderreiter out of Brooklyn!
Before we get hamstrung with Edler and Burrows new deals I think they are the ones to shop. However, if teams come bearing gifts for some of our other core players nothing should be out of the question. As far as I'm concerned the only ones not moving up front are Henrik and Daniel and on defense Hamhuis and Garrison.
Now it is going to have to be something to blow Gillis' socks off to part with Kesler, Bieksa, Tanev or Corrado but it's definitely time to make some changes.
As I said from the start of this the coach is the first to go and we need to hire before the draft. Consultation with the coaching staff about player acquisition should be considered before making huge moves but not be the deciding factor.
Next year I look for big changes as far as this teams direction goes, hopefully we have a singular route. I don't think a collapse of the team is required because we still have key pieces right in the prime of their career. We aren't close to the Calgary model because we have two high end centres right now and some very strong pieces on defense. Not to mention a starting goalie that was near the top of the league in several statistical categories, and he's just getting to his prime as well.
It's time to retool and shake up the core. Too much complacency!
And as far as I'm concerned this is going to be the key offseason to Gillis' tenure as the Canucks GM. Game on Mikey!