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July 4, 2013 | 12:29am ET
Canucks still searching for cap space

Even after buying out the contract of defenseman Keith Ballard on Wednesday, the Vancouver Canucks are looking to make a trade to create more space.

The Canucks have around $7.5 million in available salary cap space, but need seven more players to fill out their roster.

Forward Dale Weise and defensemen Chris Tanev are close to new deals with the Canucks, which will eat up a chunk of Vancouver's cap.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis and his staff have been fielding calls for All-Star rearguard Alexander Edler, whose no-trade clause kicked in on July 1.

Teams are still speaking to Vancouver about Edler, such as Detroit, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Carolina, but it's unclear if anything is imminent.

The Canucks want to add a young center to man their third line. If they deal Edler, they'd want a young defenseman as part of a package in return.

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