Afternoon Headshots: June 18th

Thomas Drance
June 18 2013 05:04PM


How's that for a spiffy t-shirt design? Kudos to @YYJordan.
The finalists in our T-shirt design contest will be posted tomorrow (promise this time).

It was a light day for us at Canucks Army. Jeff broke down the club's secondary scoring need and some possible ways to address it this offseason, and that's all we wrote. So pretty much the hockey blogging equivalent of counting "fifteen two, fifteen four and there is no more" in a game of cribbage.

Click past the jump for more Canucks news.

Scott Cullen dropped his annual "Canucks Offseason Gameplan" column for TSN.ca today, and it is remarkably readable, thorough and accurate. In addition to pointing out some pretty interesting facts - did you know, Dan Hamhuis is second among NHL defenceman in +/- over the past three years to only Zdeno Chara? -  Cullen advocates that the Canucks pursue Grant Clitsome this summer (sign me up) and that they give Brendan Gaunce a shot at third-line centre (I'm skeptical that he's ready). We've booked Scott as a guest for the podcast tomorrow, so check back on Wednesday afternoon to hear more about what Scott sees as the Canucks needs this summer. [TSN]

Capgeek has confirmed that the Canucks have signed depth puckmover Patrick Mullen, the son of legendary Pittsburgh Penguins winger Joe Mullen, to a two-way deal worth 600k at the NHL level. Mullen played two games for the Wolves last season before being injured, and we're left to wonder whether or not the Canucks would've subjected us to the Cam Barker experience had Mullen been healthy in January of 2013. [Capgeek]

Harrison Mooney wonders if the Utica Comets branding is too "Canucks centric" and opines about the branding necessity that is explicitly linking an AHL club to their locale, rather than to their parent organization. [Pass it to Bulis]

Tony Gallagher is on "Hat Trick" duties today, describing Mike Gillis as a guy who can take a lesson from sci-fi author Douglas Adams (Don't Panic!) and throwing some well deserved kudos in the direction of Boston defenceman Dennis Seidenberg. [The Province]

Blake Murphy recaps Tom Sestito's first partial season with the Canucks. [Nucksmisconduct]

Finally, I missed this yesterday but the Wild re-signed 23 year old defenceman Marco Scandella (who is secretly pretty good, I might tell you) for two years, 2.05 million dollars. Why is that relevant for the Canucks? Scandella has played 89 games over the past three seasons in Minnesota, putting up four goals and fifteen points while often playing top-four minutes. Chris Tanev? He's played 92 games over the past three seasons, scoring two goals and adding eight assists while playing mostly third-pairing minutes. Counting stats aside, I'd narrowly prefer to employ Chris Tanev, but that Scandella is a comparable player is undeniable... [PHT]

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 Josh
June 18 2013, 05:21PM
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I dunno if it is news as I only saw a few tweets about it today, but I saw that Lapierre might re-sign with the Canucks for 3-4 years, they are just waiting till a new coach is selected.

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#2 NM00
June 18 2013, 06:25PM
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Scandella is an interesting comparable.

He is a former 2nd round pick, has played in the World Juniors and averaged over 21 minutes a game in 2011-2012 on a bad team.

He only played 6 NHL games this past season and would need to clear waivers if he doesn't make the NHL roster next season.

A couple of other 23 year old defenseman (Josi, Voynov) have been signed to long term deals with $4 mill cap hits.

I would think Tanev is certainly closer to Scandella than Josi or Voynov.

But Tanev trended up this year and Scandella trended down.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

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#3 JCDavies
June 18 2013, 08:05PM
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Josi and Voynov have displayed much more offensive upside. Tanev's deal shouldn't be in the same ballpark.

I would be OK with a deal similar to Scandella's (watch MG add a NTC to this ... you know it's gonna happen).

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#4 NM00
June 18 2013, 11:09PM
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@JCDavies

All of us would be okay with a deal similar to the one Scandella signed.

But he is coming off a very poor year.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, Tanev can't get a NTC until his UFA years kick in.

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#6 JCDavies
June 18 2013, 11:41PM
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@NM00

"Also, if I'm not mistaken, Tanev can't get a NTC until his UFA years kick in."

Seriously? Where is the sarcastic font when I need it?

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#7 NM00
June 19 2013, 11:37AM
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@Thomas Drance

An injury plagued year is a poor one.

If Scandella had played a full season averaging over 20 minutes a game, he would have received more money.

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