CanucksArmy Podcast: Episode 7

CanucksArmy Podcast
June 05 2013 01:55PM


Love this play call from Jim Hughson: "You only do that at 8 Rinks!!"

After a two week hiatus, an absence borne in part from Drance's travelling schedule, the Canucks Army podcast is back for our seventh episode!

Joining us this week is Vancouver Sun Canucks beat writer Iain Macintyre. Iain and Drance chat about the Canucks offseason, the prospect of the Canucks placing an AHL affiliate in Utica, New York, shake ups in Vancouver's amateur scouting department, and the prospect of a Pavel Bure jersey retirement.

Click past the jump to listen.

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Mike Gillis' record (Part II): a look back at 2009

Patrick Johnston
June 04 2013 04:33PM

2009 was another step forward, or so we thought. 

It was Mike Gillis' second summer in charge. What was orginally a risky hire had paid off - Gillis signed free agents that worked, the team made the second round of the playoffs for the just the second time in more than a decade, everything looked on the upswing.

It was a summer that featured another decision to let a long-time face of the franchise go, while minting gold in a trade that can only be described as alchemy.

Yesterday, we looked at Mike Gillis' first summer in charge and found that he mostly did a pretty good job.

So, how did he fare in the summer of 2009?

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Report: Dallas Eakins will do "Second Interview" with Canucks Brass

Thomas Drance
June 04 2013 12:28PM


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The Canucks interviewed highly regarded coaching prospect Dallas Eakins last week, and will reportedly chat with deposed Dallas Stars bench boss Glen Gulutzan at some point this week. But apparently Eakins nailed his interview and will be brought in to chat with Mike Gillis and company for a second time in short order. Per Elliotte Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts column:

Glen Gulutzan's interview with the Vancouver Canucks will be some time this week. I still think there will be more candidates (Kings assistant John Stevens, for example). But there is a growing sense they really like Dallas Eakins, who coaches the AHL Toronto Marlies. Word is Eakins will do a second interview with Vancouver.

Well isn't that interesting. Read past the jump for more.

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Streit Talk: Should the Canucks Pursue Mark Streit in Free Agency?

Thomas Drance
June 04 2013 11:45AM


Image via wikimedia commons.

It was reported by Arthur Staple of Newsday on Tuesday afternoon that Swiss born defenceman Mark Streit will not be re-signing with the New York Islanders before July 5th. Rather Streit will hit the open market as an unrestricted free-agent. A puck moving defenceman who can quarterback a power-play, Mark Streit has to be an intriguing piece for the Canucks. He's also a player the team reportedly pursued way back at the 2011-12 trade deadline.

Would Streit make sense for the Canucks to pursue? We'll get into it after the jump. 

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Fixing the Fourth Line: The Left Wing

Jeff Angus
June 04 2013 10:19AM

 
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It has been a while since the Canucks have had a consistent trio of players on the fourth forward unit. Max Lapierre, for the most part, has played the role as fourth line center since coming over at the 2011 trade deadline, but to say that he has seen a revolving door of wingers would be a significant understatement.

Just because a fourth line is the fourth most important forward unit, that doesn’t mean that it should be overlooked.

There aren’t many NHL teams with a consistent fourth line nowadays, though. As depth players mature and improve, their salary demands increase. And because of this, teams continue to have to find more cost-effective options to place on the fourth line. This can be done through the draft or through smart open-market signings.

Over the next week, the past, present, and future of Vancouver’s fourth unit will be analyzed. Today, we look at the left winger(s).

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