Anton Rödin Signs with Brynäs

Thomas Drance
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.

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Evening Headshots: May 27th

Thomas Drance
May 27 2013 07:59PM

Not sure how I missed Jannik Hansen's face photoshopped onto Rick Flair's body...
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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.

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Coaching Candidate Profiles: John Stevens

Thomas Drance
May 27 2013 04:10PM

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So much of what a hockey coach does happens behind the scenes, and away from the view of fans and media. Most of the time we just don't know that much about how good a particular coach is, often until that coach is fired (like what happened with Bruce Boudreau)...

With that skeptical outlook in mind, we'll launch our "Coaching Candidate Profile" series today with a look at John Stevens. John Stevens is a current assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings, and according to Bob McKenzie the Canucks are pretty interested in interviewing him once his season ends.

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Malhotra Hopes to Continue Playing Career

Thomas Drance
May 27 2013 12:04PM

Manny Malhotra, a true character guy, dives for a puck in practice.
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This is last week's news, but it's such a multi-faceted and fascinating story that I want to talk about it a bit more.

Manny Malhotra's three year term with the Canucks came to an end, as a player anyway, in February of 2013 when Mike Gillis made the decision to shut the faceoff-ace down permanently. Malhotra couldn't defend himself to an acceptable level for Mike Gillis's comfort any longer, with this superficially innocous incident in a game against the Wild being the final straw. Gillis explicitly compared putting Malhotra into an NHL game - with his limited vision - to allowing a drunk motorist on the road

Last week reports from the Province and Bob McKenzie indicated that Manny Malhotra isn't ready to end his playing career just yet, which isn't much of a surprise since Malhotra never really agreed with Mike Gillis's decision in the first place. Malhotra intends to hit the unrestricted free agent market on July fifth, and though I'd suggest he'll struggle to secure a one-way contract, he clearly still wants to play and still wants a chance to end his career on his own terms.

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Candidates Emerge in Canucks Coaching Search

Thomas Drance
May 27 2013 10:25AM

Judging by the plethora of details leaking out in the media this weekend, the Vancouver Canucks have launched what is sure to be a drawn out, rigorous process to hire a replacement for recently deposed head coach Alain Vigneault. While the landscape is beginning to shift on the Canucks coaching search front, we shouldn't expect anything to happen quickly here. After all, several of the names that have emerged as the "favourites" are still coaching in the Calder Cup or Stanley Cup tournament...

Let's round up the latest reports and launch "coaching week" at our humble Canucks blog. Some of the names discussed here will be profiled at length later in the week (or later today), so check back for more coverage of Vancouver's coaching search.

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