3 Vancouver Canucks Not Expected Back Next Season

The Vancouver Canucks were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers and now get ready for what's expected to be a busy offseason. General manager Patrik Allvin wasn't shy trying to upgrade his roster in-season and look for Allvin to be very active throughout the summer months.

While there's certainly a chance another big trade is on the way as Allvin and president Jim Rutherford love to make deals, the Canucks' management team will also have to navigate an offseason where they have a number of key pending free agents and just over $23 million to work with.

Here's three Canucks not expected back next season:

Elias Lindholm

This trade may have worked out better for the Calgary Flames as Andrei Kuzmenko was a beast to end the regular season. Lindholm struggled with the Canucks and couldn't bring the same type of production he had with the Flames to Vancouver. He bounced around the lineup, couldn't really carve out a significant role and while he managed to record 10 points in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, it wasn't enough. With a very thin free-agent crop this summer, look for Lindholm to go to market and cash in.

Nikita Zadorov

Another Canuck who is very likely to cash in elsewhere this summer is Nikita Zadorov. He came into his own this season and was a pillar on the Canucks back end after a separate trade with the Flames. There's already been some rumblings over the towering defenseman wanting a six-year deal north of $6 million per season. Zadorov is a beast, he's a throw back blueliner and he's likely to be playing elsewhere come next season.

Tyler Myers

Speaking of towering defenseman, Tyler Myers course in Vancouver has likely come to an end. Myers hasn't lived up to the hype and has been inconsistent for quite some time as a Canuck. Unfortunately for management, his contract made him untradeable at times. With Quinn Hughes, Filip Hronek, Carson Soucy and depth d-man Noah Juulsen as the only Canucks defenseman under contract for next season, look for Allvin to only consider bringing back Myers if it's at half the cost of his $6 million AAV from this past season. It's likely the Canucks sign two free-agent blueliners this summer to shore up their new-look D.

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