Canucks land Roy, now look for someone to play with Kesler

Having landed the centre they’ve needed to get their team to think attack — instead of cowering in fear and hoping to score a goal or two — the Vancouver Canucks now pursue a quality forward they hope will play with Ryan Kesler.

According to assistant GM Laurence Gilman, Roy slots in as a third line centre playing with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen and Kesler will centre the second line when he returns with Mason Raymond (if he’s still here) and one would presume either Zack Kassian or new winger.

If they get a top six winger and Raymond remains, Kassian would then drop to the fourth line where he would labour with Max Lapierre and either Tom Sestito, Steve Pinizzotto or Dale Weise ­— hardly the best use of a player they hope one day will turn into something in the neighbourhood of Milan Lucic.