The Vancouver Canucks will continue their rebuild, many believe, this off-season, and that could result in defenseman Dan Hamhuis and goaltender Ryan Miller wearing different uniforms next season.
Hamhuis, however, is a pending unrestricted free agent, while Miller has one-year left on his contract.
Hamhuis, 33, hasn't ruled out the possibility of re-signing with the Canucks, but it's sounding more and more like the Canucks aren't overly interested in keeping him around if it means signing him to a big contract extension.
"We've got a couple of months to sort it out and we're not in any rush right now," Hamhuis told the Vancouver Sun. "There haven't been any numbers thrown out, but I don't think it should be too difficult because the comparables are out there and it shouldn't be too complicated of an negotiation.
"Based on what I've talked about with Jim (Benning) and Trevor (Linden) in the last 365 days, they kind of always hinted that we would be talking a contract extension at some time and I still feel that both sides will try to work something out. I feel confident that we can either get a deal done in Vancouver -- where I can play a big role and contribute on and off the ice -- or with another team in July."
Hamhuis added that he would "have interest in free agency," as he's always had interest in controlling his fate.
Miller, meanwhile, could be traded, as the Sun claims the Canucks "no longer need a $6-million-a-year goalie."
With the Canucks building for the future, Miller will not have a chance to battle for the Stanley Cup in Vancouver.
"I play every season like I want to win," Miller told the Sun on Monday. "I don't know how that translates to next year.
"I really don't know what's out there and the playoffs are still to come. A lot is up in the air still. It seems to me there are some questions about what is going on around here as well. We'll get to the summer and try to figure out what it looks like. It's not something I can dive into right now."
A few teams are in the market for help between the pipes, but Miller's salary could pose a problem -- though his term likely won't.
Miller owns a limited no-trade clause and will have some say in where he ends up, if dealt.
With questions expected to follow Hamhuis and Miller heading into the summer, three forwards will not be brought back next season.
Right wing Radim Vrbata will not be re-signed and will walk as an unrestricted free agent, while the Sun notes that veteran forwards Chris Higgins and Alex Burrows are expected to be bought out.