The Canucks need another Scoring Winger, maybe Ryan Kesler is that guy

Thomas Drance
April 15 2013 11:38AM

Kesler played some good hockey on Mats Sundin's wing a few years back.
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Shortly after the Canucks traded for Derek Roy, Laurence Gilman went on the Team 1040, and said that in his opinion Ryan Kesler had played some of his best hockey during his time in Vancouver while skating on Mats Sundin's right-wing. It was the second time in the span of a year that Vancouver's Assistant General Manager had broached this particular hobby horse, and Gilman's boss echoed the sentiment in a media availability later that day. Why would the Canucks consider moving their Selke winning two-way ace centreman to the wing exactly? Offense, according to Mike Gillis:

"To generate more offense. When Ryan is out of the lineup teams can really focus on Daniel and Henrik. To get their focus away from them - we need more offense. Derek's a really skilled playmaking centre and in different situations I can can [Kesler] moving up and down the lineup."

Lo and behold, at Canucks practice on Sunday morning, the Canucks were taking line rushes with a second line that included Ryan Kesler on Derek Roy's right-wing. Also, Alex Burrows which is a whole other story. So if we look at the data, does Vigneault's latest lineup purée appear justified? Or should the Canucks stop messing around in advance of the postseason?

Read on past the jump.

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Breaking Down Mad Max's Gritty Goal

Jeff Angus
April 14 2013 12:56PM

I think I speak for all CanucksArmy writers when I say that I love the way Max Lapierre plays hockey. He's cleaned up his act considerably since coming to Vancouver two years ago, and does a great job as the fourth line center (he's essentially a third defenseman with how coach Alain VIgneault deploys him).

The Canucks slept-walked through most of the game against Calgary on Wednesday night, but Lapierre and linemade Andrew Ebbett provided some excitement with a prototypical "grinder" goal, and it kickstarted the rest of the team, as Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin added goals shortly after.

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Canucks backup-for-a-day Dustin Butler on Jannik Hansen, his favourite goalie and more

Patrick Johnston
April 14 2013 11:10AM

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

One moment you're thinking about exams, the next you are on your way to the Saddledome to join an NHL team. Then tv, then radio... Then the blogs called.

Yup, it was a busy 24 hours for Dustin Butler, University of Calgary goaltender and now Canuck-for-one-day. Is cult hero status next?

Canucks Army caught with Dustin by phone, a day after his big NHL moment, back at the books as he stared down his last-ever session of university exams.

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Flat Canucks Blow Late Lead Against Bottom Feeder

Thomas Drance
April 13 2013 05:36PM

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The Canucks played with fire throughout Saturday afternoon's game against the Avalanche, and ultimately they got burned. From the team's inability to control play against one of the league's worst teams, to the fact that they had more turnovers than a restless sleeper - this wasn't a game that Vancouver deserved to win.

More analysis and also scoring chance data after the jump.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for April 13

April 13 2013 04:04PM

"Sure, I could give you an autograph...but then I'd have to kill you." (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/

This is a regular Friday feature — running on Saturday this week — combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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