Everywhere you go in this town the prevailing wisdom among fans seems to be that the Vancouver Canucks must find a free agent goalie in the offseason.

Somehow, all of the mayhem brought about by the long losing streak just before the Olympic break and everything afterward seems to be getting hung on the head of Eddie Lack. People are drawing the conclusion that he isn't good enough to begin a season with the Canucks in October. Somehow, all the three-ontwos, two-on-ones and breakaways he faced, thereby eroding his previously sparkling statistics while playing a tiring 18 consecutive games, are all his fault.

But consider the Canucks' pickle here.

To get a goalie proven to be better than Lack or Jacob Markstrom they would have to spend big on somebody like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. And that pre-supposes that Miller doesn't re-sign in St. Louis where he's off to a decent start in the playoffs with the Blues, and further, that an American would consider coming to Canada.

In the case of Hiller, who made $4.5 million this past season, you would be taking a chance that he regains his traditional form, and at this point you would be countering the thought process in Anaheim where the Ducks have begun the playoffs with Frederik Andersen instead.

Even if signing Miller was a possibility, it would consume virtually every penny of cap space, thus making it impossible to improve the team where it needs it most - on the forward lines.

If that doesn't happen, fans can't go to the games thinking there is any probability of the home team scoring a goal or two.

If you decided Hiller still had the goods and he just stumbled a little down the stretch and was replaced only because Anaheim has such great goaltending depth - and then Hiller took a pay cut - you would still be in the position of merely being able to nibble at fixing the problems up front. Rather than bringing in an NHL impact player to give the Sedins a proven scorer to play with, you would be going for someone you hoped would help.