It's too hard to speculate at this given moment, who knows what the cap will be at... will injuries play a part? Realistically they will try and sign for a fair deal given if MG is still at the helm which i see no reason why he won't but i'd say they would stay at a bit of a discount.
Side note: Even at their own admission they aren't playing to the top of their game, Kes and booth have been out we're still ranked in number 4 spot in the power rankings
*Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks are scoring 2.82 goals per game without Ryan Kesler, a minimal drop-off from their 2.94 per game last season. A big reason is the offense coming from the blue line -- Canucks defensemen have eight goals in 11 games after scoring 40 in 82 games last season*
Yes i'd be willing to admit we haven't played to many of the top teams in the league too much this season as yet so i wouldn't give too much merit to the ranking BUT it's still cool to see since it could be a lot worse.
Hopefully though MG will pull off a trade that will net us a cpl of bigger skilled players that would certainly put us over the top but who knows... anything can happen...