It’s been a while since Canucks fans really had to concern themselves with doing math regarding the team’s salary cap.

Such is life with a rebuilding team that had lots of cap space, but needed to give young players chances to succeed rather than chasing high-priced free agents.

Under Jim Benning, the Canucks have tried to do a bit of both, of course, but generally they have had enough room to manoeuvre.

Well, times have changed.

This offseason, the Canucks were able to spend money on defencemen Tyler Myers, Jordie Benn, and Oscar Fantenberg in free agency, and traded for JT Miller.

But Benning has admitted that the team’s lack of remaining cap space has limited their ability to add another top-six winger in free agency, as planned. He’s reportedly shopping both Chris Tanev and Brandon Sutter in order to clear space.