State of the Blog 2015: Change is Coming!

Rhys Jessop
August 05 2015 02:00PM

As we enter August, hockey season is rapidly approaching. Summer camps are well underway, and before you know it, rookie and training camps will be starting up too. As we don't have a lot of "down time" left in the offseason, it's a terrific time for us at the blog to take a look at how we've done this past year, and plan for the future.

We have some changes to announce to our roster, so join us after the jump for what you can expect to see here at Canucks Army in 2015-2016!

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Canucks Make Front Office Changes; Appoint Weisbrod Assistant GM

Rhys Jessop
August 04 2015 04:23PM

The Canucks made a number of internal front office moves on Tuesday afternoon, most notably filling Laurence Gilman's old role with John Weisbrod and promoting scout Judd Brackett to the team's Director of Amateur Scouting.

A number of other moves were made too, as the hockey operations and human performance departments also saw a shuffling of the deck. For a list of hirings and our initial thoughts, join us after the jump.

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First Look: Canucks Pay Too Much for Brandon Sutter

Rhys Jessop
July 28 2015 07:36PM

Yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays added a big, recognizable name to their roster in Troy Tulowitzki. They gave up a significant piece and some prospects and also took on a huge financial commitment to fill a need that didn't really exist on their roster, but they still got much better, even though the path they took was somewhat unconventional.

When the Canucks stepped to the plate today to take a swing at a trade of their own, they didn't perform nearly as well. As I'm sure you all know by now, Jim Benning dealt Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and Anaheim's 2nd round pick in 2016 (acquired in the Kevin Bieksa deal) to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for 26-year old centre Brandon Sutter and a conditional 3rd round draft pick in 2016.

To say this deal is a head-scratcher is definitely being generous to the Canucks, but it's a head-scratcher for sure. Nick Bonino was far from a foundational piece for the Canucks and he had many, many warts as a hockey player, but it's not clear that Sutter offers a significant upgrade in terms of actual on-ice impact. Add in the fact that Benning also dealt away arguably Vancouver's best defensive prospect as well as traded down in the upcoming entry draft, and you get the makings of a deal that could look like an absolute fleecing a handful of years down the road.

For a closer look at the newest Canuck, join us after the jump.

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Summer Thoughts: Where are the goals going to come from?

Rhys Jessop
July 07 2015 03:10PM

So far this offseason, we've had a ton of questions surrounding the state of the Canucks. We've wondered about their drafting, we've wondered about their trading, we've wondered about their front office, and we've wondered about the overall direction of the franchise. All this is big picture stuff that will have a huge effect on the team's long-term future, but the short term future of this franchise bears some examination too.

Going into the 2015-16 season, we have a pretty good idea of what the Canucks are going to look like, so we can wonder about how this team will do when the first puck drops in October. And, of course, we'll have questions we'll want answered. We always do.

Today's question: just who is going to score the goals next year?

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Canucks Free Agent Frenzy Recap: Rearranging the Deck Chairs

Rhys Jessop
July 01 2015 06:10PM

In terms of volume, the Vancouver Canucks were reasonably active on the opening morning of unrestricted free agency, making four signings and a depth trade to shore up their roster for next season. They added some much-needed depth to their blueline, and dealt from a position of strength to address a position of need. It could have been a good, productive day for the team...

...had they not made a questionable decision in trading a young and improving asset for a much older one that's just a year away from depreciating into nothing thanks to unrestricted free agency.

There were some positives and some negatives today, so we'll go over what went down after the jump.

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