Rumblings: Canucks' priority is finding top-six forward, defensive help

The Vancouver Canucks have been looking all season to make a deal for a top-six forward, and not surprisingly, it hasn’t been easy to pull off. But it remains a top priority.

I would also suggest that with top defenseman Alexander Edler "week to week," as general manager Jim Benning announced Monday night -- joining Kevin Bieksa out long term and Chris Tanev day to day -- the Canucks would also like to add some defensive help.

But it’s a tricky thing for Vancouver. The Canucks aren’t sure of making the playoffs, and certainly there’s zero desire to trade any top future assets in terms of Grade A prospects or a first-round pick.

If Vancouver makes a move, it’s either for lower picks or in the form of a traditional hockey deal where they move a roster player for two back in return. Those believed to be available include Zack Kassian and Shawn Matthias, among others.