It is almost guaranteed that the Canucks will trade goalie Roberto Luongo this off-season, officially handing the keys to the team's No. 1 starter's roll to Cory Schneider.
Luongo, who recently put his Yaletown penthouse on the market for $4.2 million, was nearly dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline, but the Leafs wouldn't budge on their offer.
This summer will prove even more difficult for Gillis, as he attempts to move Luongo, as other goalies will be on the market, such as Buffalo's Ryan Miller and Los Angeles' Jonathan Bernier.
The Canucks are expected to revisit talks with Toronto this summer.
Outside of Luongo, though, the team has other roster issues to address. Forwards Derek Roy, Mason Raymond and Maxim Lapierre are set to become unrestricted free agents July 5, and it's unclear if any will return.
Center Manny Malhotra is also scheduled to become a UFA this summer, but he is battling a potentially career-ending injury to his eye.
The Canucks had been dangling Raymond as trade bait, and it's unlikely he'll be re-signed this summer, though the team will explore the possibility of getting Lapierre inked to a new deal.
Roy was acquired a day before the trade deadline and the team could try to sign him to a new deal, as well.
Gillis, barring his own exit, will look to strengthen the team's depth and secondary-scoring this off-season. The Canucks weren't able to muster much offense in their series against the Sharks, and that's an area the team must address this summer.
The Canucks are already sitting at the $64.3 million salary cap for next season, and even with trading Luongo, the team could explore the possibility of buying out a member of the club to give them even more wiggle room.
Teams are allowed to buy out up to two players this summer and not have their contracts count against the salary cap.