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.
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May 27 2013 04:10PM
Screencap via Kings.nhl.com.
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.
Does Stevens make sense as Alain Vigneault's successor? Read past the jump.
May 27 2013 12:04PM
Manny Malhotra, a true character guy, dives for a puck in practice.
Image via wikimedia commons.
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.
Read past the jump.