Impromptu Return of Headshots: July 24th

Dimitri Filipovic
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.

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Gillis, Tortorella, de Bonis, and Daly Field Questions in Summer Summit

Dimitri Filipovic
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.

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2013-14 Vancouver Canucks Schedule Released

Dimitri Filipovic
July 19 2013 12:39PM

Expect no love to be lost on December 14th, when the Bruins roll into town.

When it comes to the hockey world these days, I think it's safe to say that things could be more exciting. We've officially entered the "dog days of summer", as the news trickling in has been few and far between. This stretch has been especially slow for Canucks fans, who have been eagerly waiting for something interesting to happen surrounding their team after since the relatively inactive free agency period; with apologies to Benn Ferriero and Brandon DeFazio. 

Our saving grace has arrived! No, it's not a resolution to the Roberto Luongo situation. But it's still something that we can collectively sink our teeth into: the 2013-14 schedule, which was released by the NHL on this lovely Friday morning.

For some, this will fly under the radar as they really couldn't care less about these sorts of things while they're gearing up for a day at the beach in the middle of July. But for others, this provides an opportunity to start getting ready for the upcoming season; you can now begin to get excited about certain match-ups, and start circling your calendars for certain games you may wish to attend.

Read on past the jump for a closer look at some of the key dates.

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Reassessing the Free Agent Landscape

Dimitri Filipovic
July 05 2013 01:12PM

These guys look kind of bored, and maybe even a little sad.
Photo uncredited via

Everyone and their grandmother knew that this would be a quiet July 1st July 5th Free Agent Frenzy from a Canucks perspective, given their current cap situation. While it's always fun to see your club rumoured to be in the hunt for "name" players, it just wasn't reasonable to expect them to be in on any of the top guys available. 

However, there were still some interesting, low-cost options available that we figured Mike Gillis and Co. would take a long look at on this day. That's why, leading up to today's festivities, we ran a series on team needs where we highlighted some potential targets to fill roles such as the third line centre position, secondary scoring, and the third pairing on defence.

Well, now we're just over 3 hours into the frenzy, and we've yet to see the Canucks dip their toes into the free agent pool. Who's still available, and what does the free agent landscape look like right now for the team?

Read Past the Jump for More.

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Roberto Luongo Is a Player, Not the GM, Which Means That He Doesn't Get Consulted on Moves

Dimitri Filipovic
June 30 2013 04:22PM

Image via wikimedia commons.

I'm not sure if you've heard, but the Vancouver Canucks sent waves through the National Hockey League and shocked many this afternoon after they flipped the script, and traded the other goaltender on their roster. I'm of course referring to Cory Schneider - you know, the guy that they seemed to be handing over the car keys to as the starter once they inked him to a 3-year, $12 million deal this past summer, promising him ~75% of the starts (according to agent Mike Liut)

I say that it was a shocking move because of how much time has been spent (mostly by Thomas Drance, with his Strombabble series) discussing potential Roberto Luongo trades over the past calendar year. From a strategic point of view, the move makes total sense. Based on his age and contract status, Schneider was viewed as a much more desirable asset around the league, which means that he would certainly net a much better return in a trade.

The exact return? The 9th overall pick (which was then used to select Bo Horvat), an apparent resolution to the "goaltending controversy" that the franchise had been mired in, and some much needed breathing room with the new salary cap.

However, as is often the case in the land of Canucks, there is still some controversy abound, as the soap opera continues.

Read on Past the Jump for More.

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