The Vancouver Canucks seem poised to make a push for a playoff spot this season, at least that is the present mindset of management.
In an interview on TSN 1040 radio in Vancouver on Wednesday, Canucks GM Jim Benning indicated he likes his team's play this season and while he is focused on improving, that doesn't mean he's itching to make moves.
"If there's an opportunity to improve our team and make our team better and it's a player that we feel strong about going forward, we're going to look at it," Benning said. "I'm happy with where our group is now -- how we're competing on a night-to-night basis. Unless it makes sense to us, we're going to stand pat."
Benning added that he is not looking to trade away draft picks, presumably for short-term rentals.
"We're not trading any more picks going forward," he said. "So from that perspective we're going to stay pat."
It does not sound like the Canucks will do much tinkering with their roster prior to the March 1 trade deadline, but things could certainly change with one phone call.
For the time being, the Canucks plan to "stay the course," as Benning put it.
"Unless some of our older players with no-trade contracts approach me, we're going to hold the fort and just go from there," he said.
The Canucks have five players with a no-trade clause in their contracts (Ryan Miller, Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen, Brandon Sutter and Alexandre Burrows), and three players with no-movement clauses (Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Loui Eriksson).