A few things I'd like to see:
Fire Torts and hire John Stevens (the coach I wanted hired last year), because from all accounts he's done great work with the D in LA and he has had coaching success at the NHL/AHL. We need that D-core stabilized, developed and clear about what it is doing. These breakdowns in 3rd periods (which have cost us a playoff spot, amount of points we dropped) are a product of many things, but having a coach who can give them the proper guidance without freaking confusing them (which is what Torts has done), would be a good start to correct this. P.S. The decline of the Canucks did not start with the Calgary game it started with the LA "moral victory" game where Torts decided they'd crossed a few bridges, and was too stupid to realize they'd just jumped off a bridge. Hire Stevens.
At the draft, let teams know Kesler is available at a specific price (top roster player, top prospect, #1 pick) and if you don't get that by the end of the draft he stays in Van and any team can have him in 2 years when he's ufa, but otherwise he is off the trade market. Let Kesler know if he's not dealt at the draft he's a Canucks for at least 2 years. So, other teams will know, it's now or never, and Kesler will know, if it does not occur at the draft, the drama is over. The risk is we do lose him in two years, but that's a gamble for teams that might want him as well - in 2 years the price will likely be higher than 5 mill, and he'll be two years older. So, get the deal done, or cut off the issue. Enough with this slow bleeding bullshit. (And if we want to get the Pens to cough up more than was offered at the deadline, root for them to get knocked out in the 1st or 2nd round. If they win the Cup or even get to the final w/o kesler, the urgency will clearly be lessened on their end)
Booth you can buyout or see if you can move him for a 3rd/4th/5th round pick, maybe back to Fla. Teams will need to make the Cap floor, so maybe Gillis can save one of his buyouts by dumping him somewhere, as he only has 1 year left on his deal anyway.
Not sure if I'd buy out Burrows because my hunch is he will bounce back from a nightmare season, but if it's deemed a necessity, then the buyout you save by trading Booth can be used on him. My better buyout possibility is Garrison. He's signed a year longer than Burrows and to be honest, I see more upside to Burr than him. We have young D coming up, I'd rather make room for them and leave Burrows in place as our younger forwards start to break in.
Find a quality experienced goalie to team up with Lack. A few will be on the market. Don't overpay, and don't make the contract length too long, but Lack can't be out there all on his own. Maybe Brian Elliott from St. Louis as I think he'll be shoved aside for their young keeper to back up Miller. Give Erricson and Markstrom a year in Utica, see who wins out between them to move up.
See if you can get something for Hanson, pick, prospect, something. Jensen, and at least 1 of Horvat, Gaunce, Shinkaruk, Fox I expect to be on the opening day roster next year. As young forwards come up, room will need to be made, he's out.
I'd keep Higgins because he comes in at a damn good price for around a 20 goal scorer who works his tail off. Great guy to have in the lineup, model for other players.
The ambition for next season should be to have a hard working, younger team that can expect to challenge every night but with the understanding that the expectations are not as a contender, but a team that will bust it's butt to prove itself. If Kesler is still with the team, clearly they will be a step up in quality, but if he's traded and the haul back is good the re-tool is on. Let what happens happen. If the team blends well and makes a lower level playoff spot, cool, if it's still a bottom 5 club with a lottery ticket in the McDavid stakes, we can live with that too.
The Sedins aren't going anywhere, so no use speculating otherwise. I expect them also to bounce back, the drop off is too precipituous for them to suddenly lose their skills like that. A new coach will also help. Torts starts the season saying he's going to let them do their thing, that you can't teach offense, then later we hear he is trying to get them to play above the hashmarks, less cycling, so apparently he is telling them how to play; he's got them totally confused.