A Happy Holidays Treat

Matthew Henderson
December 04 2016 03:15PM

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We've reached December, which means the holiday season is in full swing. Now, I know some of you may think we deserve coal this Christmas season, but we think you deserve a treat for your phone. With that in mind, try one of our Holiday Sweater wallpapers for your iPhone lock screen! I have tested these on many devices and they seem to work on all of them, I apologize if it doesn't fit just right for your phone, there are too many sizes to make work nowadays!

Regardless, without further ado, here they are!

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Stick Taps - December 4th, 2016

Matthew Henderson
December 04 2016 09:00AM

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Stick Taps is a Canucks Army feature where we link to the top news from the Canucks and across the NHL. If you've written a blog post, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space or anything else - please tweet or DM us at CanucksArmy on Twitter!

This is the first edition of Stick Taps, a trip around the hockey world with an emphasis on some of the posts circulating around the Smylosphere. Now, I know what you're thinking. Yes, it's very similar to the old Headshots led by many including the legend of Artem Chubarov. Headshots have taken a turn for the cringe-worthy though, so we decided to change it up and give credit in the only way hockey players know how. Stick taps.

With that being said, let's dive in!

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Canucks Army Post-Game: With A Vengeance

Jackson McDonald
December 03 2016 09:06PM

There's no sense mincing words: for the past few years, there hasn't been much to cheer for in Vancouver. The team has been, at best, mediocre since 2014, and many Canucks' fans have been more concerned about where the team is in the draft standings than where they rank in their division. 

Tonight, however, was different. Between the shenanigans in the Canucks' last matchup with Toronto, and Patrick O'Sullivan mouthing off on Toronto radio this afternoon, Team Tank and Team Playoffs were able to unite. For just one night, the bickering about the team's direction was put aside, and Canucks fans sat with bated breath hoping for a win. 

And wouldn't you know it, they got one. Did they deserve it? Nope. Will we take it? Hell. Yes. 

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MacLean: "Ryan Spooner to Vancouver Would Make Sense"

J.D. Burke
December 03 2016 07:38PM

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The Canucks need scoring, and they haven't exactly kept that a secret. For as long as Jim Benning's been Vancouver's General Manager, it seems, the Canucks have been actively scouring the market for that elusive scoring winger with size.

So it came as some surprise when the Canucks were connected to the Boston Bruins Ryan Spooner on CBC Headlines during tonight's Hockey Night in Canada. Spooner isn't the most physically imposing player, and he's played the majority of his career at centre. You know what he does do, though? He scores goals. And lots of them, too.

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Dispatches From the Waiver Wire: Teddy Purcell

J.D. Burke
December 03 2016 06:26PM

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Teddy Purcell is one of the better-travelled forwards in the NHL, and it appears as though another destination awaits the veteran forward based on this Elliott Friedman report.

The Los Angeles Kings hoped they'd plugged an area of need when they signed Purcell on the cheap in the dog days of summer, but that best-laid plan hasn't come together. In 12 games with the Kings, Purcell's amassed two assists at even strength and is their single worst player by Corsi For at 44% on the season.

Generally, when we're looking at veterans that find themselves on the waiver wire, it's less about them being bad as it is them not hitting organizational expectations. Purcell's is a rare case where the players hit the mark on both fronts, though, and is teetering on the edge of losing his NHL career entirely.

Is this a situation where the Canucks can capitalize on an ugly fit and acquire a veteran scorer with a history of productivity for, well, nothing? Or would the Canucks be wise to pass up on Purcell's tenuous status as an NHL player? Let's delve in and find out.

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