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February 5, 2014 | 11:23am ET
Canucks want to add top-six winger
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The Canucks want to add a goal-scorer to play alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin, but as the Vancouver Province notes, such a deal would be difficult for GM Mike Gillis to make.

The Province suggests the Canucks could pursue New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek, or someone of his caliber, but Gillis' track record hints such a move might be unlikely.

Vancouver isn't alone in their pursuit of a top-six winger, as several teams are looking for goal-scoring help.

The Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues are among the teams also in the market for a top-six winger.

In addition to Vanek, the Canucks have been linked to Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson, Dallas Stars veteran Ray Whitney, Florida Panthers right wing Brad Boyes and Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Marian Gaborik.

With limited salary cap space, though, the Canucks might be forced to ship a player out if they want a high-priced forward.

Boyes, however, is only making $1 million this season and would fit under the Canucks' current cap.

The Canucks have been rumored to be shopping defenseman Alexander Edler, who has a no-trade clause.

Edler was almost dealt at the NHL Draft last June, before his current contract kicked in, and will now have to approve any deal Vancouver tries to complete.


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