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December 7, 2016 | 3:40pm ET
Canucks won't gain outside help
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Vancouver Canucks continue to struggle this season and any hope of improving their roster, at least as of now, went out the window on Wednesday.

Canucks President Trevor Linden told TSN.ca that the club isn't nearing any trades to bring in some much needed assistance.

"There's not anything from the outside, via trade, that's going to change anything from us," Linden said. "There's no easy answer from outside. We've got to find the answers from within."

The Canucks currently sit second-last in the Pacific Division with an 11-13-2 record, putting them 28th in the NHL ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche.

During the summer, the Canucks signed left wing Loui Eriksson, hoping he would provide a solid spark to a lineup that now boasts plenty of young talent, but the team continues to struggle.

"We knew coming into the season we had to stay healthy, and if we had the production from certain guys, we had a chance," Linden said.

"Our goal is to play some meaningful games in March and be in the hunt. As of right now, it's about seeing the young players, watching the defense continue to develop, seeing Bo [Horvat], Sven [Baertschi] and Marcus [Granlund] continue to play well."

Linden acknowledged that the path the Canucks are currently on was expected, and while management won't call it a complete rebuild, their retooling will take time.

If the Canucks continue to falter, they could sell some assets closer to the March 1 trade deadline.

Veteran winger Alexandre Burrows is in the final year of his contract, as is goaltender Ryan Miller, and both players could be dangled as trade bait.

Burrows owns a full no-trade clause, while Miller can list up to 24 teams he will not accept a trade to.

 
 
 

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