After touching on the prospects, draft picks in the upcoming draft and graduates we expect to see on the 2018/2019 Canucks roster, we now turn to the offseason plans and expected line up heading into next season. We can confirm that the Canucks will see significant turnover from the end of this season until next.
It is expected that 12 current roster and minor players will not be qualified as RFA’s, leave as unrestricted free agents or will be retiring. These players look to be: Vadim Shipachyov (retire), Dalton Prout (not qualified), Fedor Tyutin (retired), Freddie Hamilton (not qualified), Yannick Weber (UFA), Andrew Desjardins (UFA), Alexey Marchenko (retired), Brian Flynn (UFA), Barclay Goodrow (not qualified), Milan Michalek (retired), Kyle Baun (not qualified), and Nikita Gusev (retired). With those 12 players being removed from the roster, there are also rumours of two or three buyouts that may happen or offered for cash compensation.
With cash being low, this may or may not occur but could also see the Canucks offer draft pick compensation to teams with cap space to take on some of the contracts deemed expandable. The rumoured plan is to have 30 roster spots accounted prior to the six draft picks from the 2016 draft that will be signed. They are: Logan Brown, Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Steel, Victor Mete, Cliff Pu and Dylan Wells.
With 36 spots likely accounted for, the Canucks will then have 9 spots available for trade, free agency and unsigned free agency. However, the focus is going to be using these areas to fill out of the main roster. It is expected that the 2018/2019 roster will look like this: Matthew Tkachuk, Taylor Hall, Free Agent/Trade Nick Schmaltz, Free Agent/Trade , Free Agent/Trade Christian Dvorak, Tyler Bozak, Blake Comeau Derek Mackenzie, Carl Soderberg, Jordan Martinook Garnet Hathaway Kris Letang, Free Agent/Trade Matthew Dumba, Free Agent/Trade Shea Theodore, Haydn Fleury Victor Mete Marc-Andre Fleury Jaroslav Halak
Expected players to re-sign are Taylor Hall (5+ million), Kris Letang (5+ million), Adam Erne (Under 1 million), Shea Theodore (1.5 to 2.5 million) and Carson Soucy (750K). With these players re-signed, the Canucks should have around 20 million dollars in cap space and expected to use the trading period prior to the expansion draft to fill out the roster prior to free agency.
One thing we can say for certain, this has the potential to be the worst season in Canucks history or very close to the 2009 squad and there is nowhere to go but up from here.