Cain is Able: Franson's Breakout Continues

Jeff Angus
September 29 2012 10:50AM


With three goals in the first three games of the season, Vancouver Giants forward Cain Franson is already reaping the rewards of another summer of hard work. The third-year forward has gone from a frequent healthy scratch to a vital part of the Giants roster in less than two years.

What makes Franson relevant to the Canucks? Well, for one, he is undrafted. And secondly, he spent this past summer with the Canucks at their annual prospect development camp. He didn’t stand out, but he didn’t look out of place, either. For Franson to earn an NHL contract in the future he has to continue to add size and strength to his lanky 6-0, 170 pound frame (and he has had to work his butt off to get to 170 pounds).

Would he be someone the Canucks look at next summer?

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Jason Gregor
September 29 2012 08:22AM

In order for a movie to be considered great it needs to appeal to different generations. I’ve watched a few movies that I loved when I was 20, but today I don’t relate to them as much. A great movie, however, will be timeless and whenever you sit down and watch it will capture your imagination.

One of my father’s favourite movies was the 1967 classic, The Dirty Dozen. The star-studded cast included Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savales, Charles Bronson, star runningback Jim Brown and John Cassavetes who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Viktor Franko.

Today marks the 12th anniversary of my father’s passing, clearly the reason The Dirty Dozen popped into my head, and each year as this day draws closer memories of Dad flood my brain. My wife, Traci, had never seen the movie so we watched it last night. The Dirty Dozen is still great, however, my mind wandered through most of it thinking about Dad.

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Headshots: September 28th

Jeff Angus
September 28 2012 06:44PM

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you're written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at

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Talking 'Tenders With The Goalie Guild's Justin Goldman

Dimitri Filipovic
September 28 2012 02:34PM

I have a fun little challenge for you - try discussing the Vancouver Canucks with someone, without the conversation eventually shifting over to the team's goaltending situation. You can't. It's by no fault of your own. It's the juiciest topic surrounding the team.

The Canucks currently have $9.33 million in cap space invested between the pipes, which puts them at the top of the league (technically the Bruins have $9.375 million devoted, but Tim Thomas' days as a Bruin are over). Sure, it's great having the best tandem in the league. But at that price it's more a case of poor asset management than anything else.

You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes - or even David Caruso for that matter - to figure out that it's not a matter of if, but rather when a deal is made. It's the one last trump card Mike Gillis has in his hand. The specifics of how he chooses to play it make all the difference in the world. And that's why people will continue to talk about it, until it's resolved.

With that in mind, I decided it was time to pick the great mind of Justin Goldman, from The Goalie Guild, in an attempt to make sense of the situation and get some answers. It turns out that he's familiar with the goaltending position.

Click Past the Jump to Read the Discussion.

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Canucks Celebrity Draft Picks

Cam Davie
September 28 2012 10:09AM

Michael Buble is not the first celebrity to feature prominently in the Canucks organization.
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It is hardly a secret that the Vancouver Canucks have had a dismal draft history. It is a source of constant head-scratching, foot stomping and table flipping among Canucks fans old and new. Here are a few names to cause your heart to shrivel and shrink just a little: Patrick White. Jason Herter. Libor Polasek. Mike Wilson. Brad Ference. The list goes ON and ON.

However, the Canucks have a less publicized, yet surprisingly impressive history of drafting "celebrities", dating all the way back to their first year in the NHL. 

Do you care to hazard some guesses as to which famous members of film, music, TV and sport have been selected by the Vancouver Canucks? Read on past the jump!

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