Vancouver once again finished on a disappointing note. Just one year after losing in the NHL Stanley Cup Final to Boston, the Canucks were ousted by the LA Kings after finishing the year with the most points during the regular season.
The team managed to score just eight goals in their five playoff games, and the front office will look towards the free agent market to add some fire power. Here is a look at the top options for the team this off-season, with the hope that adding a top scorer will give Vancouver another crack at winning a Stanley Cup.
Zach Parise of New Jersey is one of the top offensive players in the league, but his salary demands could make him out of reach for the Canucks. Last year the team was led in goals by Daniel Sedin with 30, but Parise has scored at least 31 goals in every full season he has played, and that kind of offense would make this team very dangerous next season.
Alexander Semin from Washington is another option and one that might make more sense. Semin plays more of a controlled game, and that fits into the system the Canucks have in place. The 28-year-old can create his own opportunities, something Vancouver lacks now, and though he had a down year this past season, much of that was attributed to his displeasure with the new coaching staff.
The window is quickly closing for the Canucks to win a title, but with a good off-season, this team could make another run in the 2012-13 NHL season, but they will need to add more offense, and these are two players that could help with that problem.