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May 17, 2016 | 10:22pm ET
Canucks aim to get Etem signed

The Vancouver Canucks have their sights set on the future, and it appears they plan on building their roster with that in mind.

Pending unrestricted free agent forward Radim Vrbata is not expected to be re-signed by the Canucks, while defensemen Dan Hamhuis, Matt Bartkowski and Yannick Weber's futures with the club are up in the air.

Canucks GM Jim Benning is expected to focus on re-signing pending restricted free agents Emerson Etem, Linden Vey and Sven Baertschi, and focus on adding quality pieces to his roster via free agency or trade.

The Canucks plan on moving forward with a relatively young roster, but want to remain competitive.

It has been widely reported that the team will explore trading the likes of forwards Alex Burrows, goalie Ryan Miller and defenseman Alexander Edler to help free up salary cap space.

Some of the team's younger players will be counted on more next season, including Etem, who is part of the team's plan, a source close to the organization told TFP.

Etem, acquired from the New York Rangers on Jan. 8, made $850,000 this season and could see a slight raise in salary on a short-term deal.

According to the source, the Canucks want to get Etem signed, and contract talks are expected to get underway in the near future.

The 23-year-old appeared to click in Vancouver, picking up seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 39 games with the Canucks.


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