July 24 2013 04:17PM
For those of you that are unfamiliar with it, our "Headshots" series is a staple here at Canucks Army. We essentially use it as a platform to shine a light on good, insightful work done by the various blogs and writers that make up the Smylosphere on a daily basis. It's also a tool - for fans that may have been away from their computer throughout the day - that can be used to catch up on all of the day's most important happenings. It's essentially a links dump, with bits of commentary provided in-between.
Now, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably noticed that our "Headshots" series has been on a summer hiatus in recent weeks; in fact, the last one came nearly a month ago, on June 28th. The reason for that is that relevant news has simply been few and far between in the past month. It'll likely continue to be that way through the end of August, so don't expect it's permanent return until then. But for today, we've made an exception with there being some recent developments worth discussing.
Read past the jump for more on today's Canucks news, and some links.
July 24 2013 02:14PM
The Vancouver Canucks addressed a bunch of fans concerns at their Summer Summit today. Whether it was the Heritage Classic, Mike Gillis' talks with Roberto Luongo, or John Tortorella giving an idea of what he'll bring to the team as head coach, the night has been filled with valuable information. Information that I'll leave to the regular's here at Canucks Army to deconstruct.
To me, the most important news of all? The Canucks announced that Pavel Bure's #10 will be raised to the rafters of Rogers Arena at some point next season, becoming the fourth player in team history to recieve the honour.
July 23 2013 09:54PM
Mike Gillis and John Tortorella are getting good at sitting beside each other, answering people's questions.
Image via The Windsor Star.
On Tuesday evening, Rogers Arena played host to season ticket holders of the Vancouver Canucks, who were in attendance for the team's annual "summer summit". Mike Gillis, John Tortorella, Victor de Bonis, and NHL VP Bill Daly were amongst those in the house, fielding questions from the audience.
While there was ultimately nothing that would be considered groundbreaking discussed at the event, we've decided to recap the festivities for those of you that were unable (or unwilling) to livestream it via the team's official Youtube account because there was in fact a few somewhat interesting things bandied about. Plus, it's July 23rd and news is sparse, so give us a break.
Read on for more from the summer summit.
July 23 2013 01:46PM
Frank Corrado - Wikicommons
Defenseman Frank Corrado was a pleasant surprise after he was called up to the NHL late in the 2013 regular season. In three games with Vancouver, Corrado averaged over nineteen minutes of ice time per contest. And in the four game sweep against the San Jose Sharks, he averaged 12:19 per game.
Let’s assume, for a second, that Corrado comes to town this fall and has a strong training camp. What should the Canucks do with him? Do they play him 13-15 minutes per night as a bottom pairing defenseman? Do they try and find more ice time for him? Is he used as the seventh defenseman? Or do they send him down to Utica to play as a number one defenseman in all situations?
July 23 2013 11:40AM
Image uncredited via HFboards.
On Friday an agreement between the IOC and the NHL was reached, which will allow professional men's hockey players to compete in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. Shortly thereafter the Olympic schedule was released, followed promptly by the Canadian and American orientation camp rosters. On Tuesday the Swedes and Finns followed suit, and the North American nations named their respective coaching staffs.
So by this point we have a good feel for which Canucks players and coaches will be involved (or not) in the 2014 Olympic games. Beyond that there are a variety of players who may yet force their way onto their respective national team's rosters and, of course, there are a couple of players (and coaches) whom we might describe as having been snubbed.
Let's get into it further after the jump.