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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter

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As the sun rose on TradeCentre 2017, the dawn of a new era also cracked in Vancouver.

For the first time since 2005, the Canucks awoke without either Alexandre Burrows or Jannik Hansen on the roster - two staples alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Vancity over the last 1,387 games.

Hansen was traded to the San Jose Sharks early Wednesday morning in exchange for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick.

Burrows, of course, was dealt to the Ottawa Senators on Monday for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. Both Burrows and Hansen cooperated with the Canucks on no-trade clauses to facilitate the trades.

As the transition began to take shape, general manager Jim Benning said he met with the Sedins on Monday to explain the direction of the franchise.

“They’re on board,” Benning told reporters, “and excited about what we’re doing.”

Short of being a fly on the wall, it is impossible to know the tone or message of their conversation, though it isn’t difficult to imagine that a certain “r-word” was used.

Rebuild.

Phew. There, Vancouver said it this week - or at least took the first steps toward one, trading away two lifelong Canucks. After a couple seasons of resisting and rebuking the term, the Canucks seem to embrace it now, moving forward with an eye on the future without so much focus on the present. Finally.

It wasn’t easy to dismantle a core that was oh so close to a Stanley Cup, even if it was in 2011. Not when those two stars still embody the fabric of the franchise. Not in a salary cap world. There was a yearn to do right by the Sedins, loyal core players under contract for one more year, to try to be competitive.

But it was time.

“I’m overwhelmed right now,” Hansen told reporters after his trade. “I’m excited to be going there, but leaving here is tough. I like it here.”

Whenever the so-called winners and losers are determined after 3 o’clock eastern time on Wednesday afternoon, few teams will come out ahead of Benning and the Canucks.

Last year, the Canucks failed to move on from defenceman Dan Hamhuis and forward Radim Vrbata, instead watching them walk as free agents for nothing.

This year, Benning delivered Burrows and Hansen - who had one year remaining on his contract at $2.5 million - to playoff contenders for returns that could help jumpstart the next Canucks run.

In Dahlen, the prospect acquired for Burrows, the Canucks nabbed a 19-year-old centre that Swedish scouts say Ottawa will regret moving for a long time. He has posted better point totals than current Nashville Predators sniper Filip Forsberg did at the same age in Sweden’s second division.

Goldobin, 21, was drafted 27th overall by the Sharks in 2014. The Russian-born left winger has racked up 85 points over the last two seasons. He will report to the Canucks after playing with San Jose’s AHL affiliate.

“For our young guys, it’s an opportunity to show what they’ve got over these last 20 games,” Benning told reporters. “We’ll see what the future likes.”

With just two playoff wins to show for the last four seasons, it has been a long road for Vancouver. But this is when the fun begins.

There is a path forward now.

Deadline Day 2017 has arrived. TSN Hockey’s Trade Bait board has featured 16 of the 17 players traded so far. Here are 35 players potentially on the move between now and 3 p.m. ET Wednesday:
 

Trade Bait List

 
PLAYER POS AGE CAP HIT GP G PTS PAST 2016-17 CLAUSE
1. Matt Duchene, COL C 26 $6M 56 16 36 2 years  
2. Thomas Vanek, DET RW 33 $2.6M 48 15 38 UFA  
3. Dmitry Kulikov, BUF D 26 $4.33M 37 1 2 UFA  
4. Radim Vrbata, ARI RW 35 $1M 62 15 47 UFA  
5. Curtis Lazar, OTT RW 22 $894K 33 0 1 RFA  
6. Kyle Quincey, NJ D 31 $1.25M 53 4 12 UFA  
7. Gabriel Landeskog, COL LW 24 $5.57M 51 13 26 4 years  
8. Drew Stafford, WPG RW 31 $4.35M 40 4 13 UFA  
9. Mikhail Grigorenko, COL C 22 $1.3M 58 7 19 RFA  
10. Valtteri Filppula, TB C 32 $5M 59 7 34 1 year NMC
11. Jaroslav Halak, NYI G 31 $4.5M 21 3.23 0.904 1 year  
12. Anthony Duclair, ARI LW 21 $773K 41 3 9 RFA  
13. Riley Sheahan, DET C 25 $2.075M 58 0 9 1 year  
14. Evander Kane, BUF LW 25 $5.25M 51 22 33 1 year  
15. Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT G 32 $5.75M 30 3.16 0.906 2 years NMC
16. Vladimir Sobotka, STL LW 29 $2.7M - - - 1 year  
17. Shane Doan, ARI RW 40 $3.876M 62 5 20 UFA  
18. Brandon Pirri, NYR LW 25 $1.1M 52 8 18 RFA  
19. Mark Streit, PHI D 39 $5.25M 49 5 21 UFA NTC
20. Craig Smith, NSH RW 27 $4.3M 61 9 17 3 years  
21. Eric Fehr, PIT RW 31 $2M 52 6 11 1 year  
22. Cody Franson, BUF D 29 $3.325M 56 3 17 UFA  
23. Mathieu Perreault, WPG LW 29 $3M 47 7 26 4 years  
24. Jarome Iginla, COL RW 39 $5.33M 61 8 18 UFA NMC
25. Jiri Hudler, DAL LW 33 $2M 26 3 10 UFA  
26. Michael Del Zotto, PHI D 26 $3.875M 33 4 10 UFA  
27. P-A Parenteau, NJ LW 33 $1.3M 59 13 27 UFA  
28. Scottie Upshall, STL LW 33 $900K 54 6 11 UFA  
29. Ryan Murphy, CAR D 23 $1.2M 14 0 2 1 year  
30. Marian Gaborik, LA RW 35 $4.875M 40 7 15 4 years  
31. Jhonas Enroth, ANA G 28 $750K 6 3.94 0.872 UFA  
32. Michal Neuvirth, PHI G 28 $1.6M 24 2.9 0.887 UFA  
33. Jay McClement, CAR C 33 $1.2M 57 4 6 UFA  
34. Patrick Wiercioch, COL D 26 $800K 51 4 12 RFA  
35. Ryan Miller, VAN G 36 $6M 39 2.66 0.915 UFA  
 

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