On Vigneault's Press Conference and the Prospect of a "Coaching Swap"

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 11:16AM

Alain Vigneault introduced in a press conference in New York on Friday.

On Friday, as divisive former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault prepared to give his first full press conference since his final game coaching Vancouver's club in early May, news broke out of Phoenix that Dave Tippett has signed a long-term contract extension and the Stars made their decision to hire Lindy Ruff official. So that means that, as of today, the Canucks are the last show in town on the "coaching vacancy front" and there appear to be three serious candidates left in the running in Scott Arniel, John Stevens, and John Tortorella.

With dream candidates Dan Bylsma and Dave Tippett remaining in place, and Lindy Ruff, Dallas Eakins, Patrick Roy and Vancouver's most recent head coach hired elsewhere, the cards are now all on the table. There's no obvious reason for the Canucks to wait and see any longer, so perhaps a decision on a new head coach will be forthcoming in short order. (Update: NHL sources are telling Gary Lawless than the Canucks have already offered the position to John Tortorella). Or maybe we'll wait another week because, after all, this is the Canucks we're talking about.

Read past the jump for more.

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CanucksArmy Podcast: Episode 8

Thomas Drance
June 20 2013 01:48PM

Video courtesy NHLVideo

Hey there, welcome to the eighth episode of the Canucks Army podcast!

We're joined in this episode by TSN's Scott Cullen, who speaks with us at length about his recent "Canucks Offseason Gameplan" published over at TSN.ca. Also Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider and Hockey Prospetus drops by to preview the upcoming NHL draft and break down the overall lack of depth in Vancouver's pipeline. 

Click past the jump to stream or download the podcast!

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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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