Afternoon Headshots: June 19th

Thomas Drance
June 19 2013 05:08PM


This comet whale thingy is Kevin Yu's idea for a Utica Comets mascot. No words.
Via Pass it to Bulis.

Today at CanucksArmy we looked at the teams need for better defensive depth this upcoming season, and more importantly: unveiled the finalists for the "CANUCKARMY GEAR T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION." So far it's @TheStanchion's fetching "It's a Riot" design leading @YYJordan's wicked Tan Man design. Go vote for your favorite t-shirt now, and stay tuned for purchasing details!

More Canucks news and such after the jump.

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CanucksArmy Gear T-Shirt Design Contest Finalists

Thomas Drance
June 19 2013 01:40PM

So today, Wednesday June 19th, is the big day.

Why you ask? Because it's the day that we unveil our finalists for the "Canucks Army Gear T-Shirt Design Competition." We're going to spend the next week tabulating votes on these t-shirt designs (the polls will close on Wednesday). Around draft weekend we'll begin taking orders on a run of 100 t-shirts! The designer who submitted the winning design will win five free t-shirts, and we'll be donating a portion of the revenue generated to Five Hole for Food (more detials to come). 

Sounds pretty neat, right? Well wait until you get a load of some of the stellar designs that have been submitted! 

Click past the jump to do so.

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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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