May 28 2013 01:29PM
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Of all the names that have surfaced thus far in the search for the next Vancouver Canucks coach, Lindy Ruff is one of them. And it's odd that his name keeps coming up. There's no shortage of NHL teams that are run like a banana republic in regards to coaching, where the name on the coach's office is often printed in masking tape rather than anyone splurging on a $10 engraving that you can get done at the mall. Yet it took more than a decade for any of the major faces in the Buffalo Sabres organization to face the proverbial firing squad.
Ruff, who failed to turn a team with new money into a team that made the playoffs, took the bullet, but most analysts could probably deduce that the issue in Buffalo was the frivolous spending of general manager Darcy Regier. After years of icing competitive teams on a budget nowhere close to the cap, Regier wasn't a scrupulous with Pegula-bucks, spending buckets of money on Ville Leino and Christian Ehrhoff, trading for Robyn Regehr, opening the books to re-sign Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford, and then throwing it all away by trading for Steve Ott last summer.
The team stunk. Awful, awful, awful, and Ruff bit the bullet, though through no fault of his own. Read past the jump.
May 28 2013 10:55AM
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Dustin Brown is a first ballot jerk puck hall of famer. He's the total package: a shameless embellisher and a frequent cheap shot artist who, for whatever reason, has repeatedly pushed the limits of "honourable" play and escaped with an unblemished reputation as a true blue playoff warrior and American hero. There's no judgement here at this Canucks blog, we have no moral issue with diving and lots of respect for how good Dustin Brown is at it. He's way better at it, for example, than Ryan Kesler is (both of them dive, but only one of them never gets calls anymore because of it)...
On Monday in a media scrum in Los Angeles, Dustin Brown made a startling admission, albeit an admission that explains pretty much everything about the way he is. Apparently Dustin Brown grew up a Canucks fan.
Read past the jump.
May 28 2013 10:18AM
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The Canucks have requested permission to interview Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins, the request was more a formality than anything that was required, and he's seen as a leading candidate to succeed Alain Vigneault behind the Canucks bench. Eakins has been the head coach for Toronto’s AHL affiliate (the Toronto Marlies) since the 2009-10 season, and he has been coaching in the Leafs organization in some capaciy since 2005.
Is he the right fit for the Canucks? Read on for a lot more on Eakins the man, the coach, and the teacher. A stick tap to Clayton Hansler, who provided me with phenomenal analysis. Clayton (@chanler) is a writer, producer, and reporter for Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, and has covered every single game of Eakins’ tenure as the Marlies bench boss.
May 28 2013 08:22AM
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In late March we wrote up an Aftonbladet report that Canucks prospect Anton Rödin had made a verbal agreement with his former SEL club Brynäs to return there following the 2012-13 American Hockey League season. At the time we presumed that Rödin would at least wait to see whether or not the Canucks extend him a qualifying offer this offseason, but that presumption appears to have been incorrect.
Today multiple sources (and Aftonbladet) are reporting that Rödin has signed with Brynäs and will return to Sweden to play in the Elitserien next year. The Canucks will retain Rödin's rights (he'll basically become a restricted free-agent), but I think we can safely close the book on his time as a Canucks prospect.
Read past the jump.
May 27 2013 07:59PM
Not sure how I missed Jannik Hansen's face photoshopped onto Rick Flair's body...
Today at CanucksArmy we fought bravely against a slow hockey news day. We looked at some of the names who surfaced over the weekend as candidates to replace Alain Vigneault behind Vancouver's bench, examined Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens's resume with a fine-toothed comb, and touched on Manny Malhotra's desire to continue his playing career.
Read past the jump.