Last season: 48-29-5, 101 points. 2nd in Pacific Division. Lost in 1st round to Calgary in 6 games.
Gone: G Eddie Lack, D Kevin Bieksa, D Ryan Stanton, F Zack Kassian, F Nick Bonino, F Brad Richardson, F Shawn Matthias
In: F Brandon Prust, F Brandon Sutter, D Matt Bartkowski
Most considered last year's playoff appearance a bit of a fluke, and after some puzzling offseason moves, most expect the team to fall back down to earth this year. Solid assets like Eddie Lack and Kevin Bieksa were given away for late round draft picks, and the "big" trades in the offseason were the equivalent of trading 6 of one for half dozen of another. None of this changes the fact that the core guys like the Sedins, Miller, Burrows, Higgins, Hamhuis and Vrbata are on the wrong side of 30, and Hansen and Edler both turn 30 this season. The only decent young guy returning is Bo Horvat.
Final roster moves were made today, and it looks like two teenagers that were drafted in the first round last year (Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann) have made the team, as well as Sven Baertschi, who was someone else's first round pick a few years ago, and was acquired by the Canucks at the deadline last year.
So it looks like they are likely caught somewhere in the middle between a rebuild and one last run for the old guys. Too crazy for boys town, too much of a boy for crazy town. If the young guys are studs, I could foresee another playoff appearance, albeit with a low seed. Likely they will miss the playoffs though.