Canucks’ trade wish

The Vancouver Canucks got defenseman Alexander Edler back Monday night, and winger Alex Burrows and netminder Roberto Luongo are close to returning as well. It’s beginning to come together for them roster-wise.

But will they add to it?

If it’s doable, the word on the street is that the Canucks would like to add a center before the trade deadline or, if not a center, a top-nine winger. But preferably a center, I think. Brad Richardson has been terrific as a No. 3 center for the Canucks, but I suspect they feel if they can have him centering the No. 4 line and upgrade the No. 3 center spot, they would feel better about their playoff chances.

If there’s no fit, keeping Richardson in the No. 3 hole and upgrading the No. 4 center job is another option.

The Canucks are deep on defense throughout the organization, and that’s the carrot they’re willing to put out there if they can help themselves in a meaningful way up front.