Canucks Team Needs: Depth Defenceman

Thomas Drance
June 19 2013 11:23AM


Aaron "The Prototype" Rome
Photo courtesy wikimedia commons

It's "Canucks team needs" week here at Canucks Army and already we've taken a look at some options the Canucks might have to improve their bottom-six centre depth, and their secondary scoring this offseason. Let's turn our attention to the blue-line, supposedly a strength of this club.

While the Canucks arguably lack a dominant "1A defenceman," there should be no doubt that in Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison the Vancouver Canucks have four very good top-four guys. In Chris Tanev, who is a restricted free-agent this summer, and Frank Corrado, Vancouver's system has some intriguing young depth as well. What the Canucks lacked a year ago, as evidenced by the fourteen games Cam Barker played, was credible defensive depth. It's an issue likely to be exacerbated this summer by the probable departure of unrestricted free-agent Andrew Alberts and expensive liability Keith Ballard.

Wither Aaron Rome? We'll break it all down after the jump.

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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.

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Pending Free Agent Corban Knight is Probably a Canucks Fan

Thomas Drance
June 17 2013 11:07PM


Corban Knight via the NCHC blog.

Over the weekend the Nation Network's Jason Gregor interviewed unsigned Florida Panthers draft pick Corban Knight in a column for the Edmonton Journal. In that piece Corban Knight revealed that he, a Florida Panthers fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL draft, intended to hit free-agency. Since 2009 Florida has retained exclusive negotiating rights to Knight because he was a bonafide student through to his graduation this spring. The deadline to sign "bonafide students" after their graduation from an NCAA school is on August 15th of the league year, so that means Corban Knight will randomly become an unrestricted free-agent in the middle of August.

Knight was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the deep Florida Panthers system last summer by Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider and Hockey Prospectus. Knight's an aspiring face-off ace who has produced at a point per game rate in American college hockey ever since he became a sophmore. So yeah, Knight - who is listed as being born in the fruit stand capital of the world a.k.a. Oliver, British Columbia but is actually a resident of High River, Alberta - is likely to have some suitors this summer.

One of those suitors will probably be the Canucks, an NHL team that Corban Knight appears to cheer for. Read past the jump.

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Afternoon Headshots: June 17th

Thomas Drance
June 17 2013 05:05PM


Would you want to wear a t-shirt with the above design from @petbugs13?
Check back tomorrow for our T-Shirt Design Contest Finalsts!

Today at CanucksArmy we looked at the teams need in the middle of their third line, broke down whether or not the Utica Comets represent a long-term solution or a short-term stopgap for the Canucks AHL affiliate franchise and imagined that Canucks might look at a "Team of Rivals" type coaching staff next season.

To find out whether or not Alain Vigneaut smells like the vault, click past the jump.

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Team of Rivals: Canucks Coaching Search Edition

Thomas Drance
June 17 2013 02:39PM


Photoshop courtesy @MHenderson95 and @HarrisonMooney

We all know the story. The Canucks were eliminated from the postseason six weeks ago, and took sixteen days to fire Alain Vigneault (who has subsequently been hired by Glen Sather and the New York Rangers). In the four weeks since Vigneault's firing the Canucks have interviewed no fewer than seven potential bench bosses that we know about, including:

While the Canucks have appeared indecisive at times during this process, it really does make good sense for the organization to cast a wide net in their search. First of all, the head hunting excercise can be - and probably has been - used as a fact finding tool. Secondly, it's always possible that additional coaches come on the market (like Tortorella did, like Bylsma didn't, and like Dave Tippett might). Thirdly, the team has three vacant positions on their coaching staff. Maybe it makes sense to build your coaching staff along the lines of Lincoln's "Team of Rivals" (as outlined by Dorris Kearns Goodwin).

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