Coaching Candidate Profile: Guy Boucher

Cam Charron
May 30 2013 10:45AM

The Globe & Mail called it a "ludicrous spectacle". The Philadelphia Flyers were hollering insults at the Tampa Bay bench, but as Harrison Mooney noted at the time, "the Lightning aren't afraid of the puck; they're clearly afraid of Guy Boucher." Most importantly, the Flyers' "stall tactics" verus Tampa Bay one fateful November night sealed the future of both Boucher and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, as well as the 1-3-1.

For most hockey fans, the above image is the lasting reminder of the 1-3-1 systerm employed by Boucher in the 2010-2011 season. It's easy to forget now, given how poorly Tampa has finished over the last two seasons, that back during the spring of 2011 the Bolts came within a goal of the Stanley Cup Final, losing 1-0 on a late Nathan Horton tally in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. They were a Cinderella team, but not a super unlikely Conference Final opponent. They won 46 games and were the 5th seed in the East, and were 23-12-6 after the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson, a goaltender who had a very strong half season with Tampa.

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Afternoon Headshots May 29th

Thomas Drance
May 29 2013 03:05PM

The King of pop drops the puck at a 1984 Vancouver Canucks home game.
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Today at Canucks Army we forged ahead with our Coaching Candidate Profile series and took a look at Dave Tippett, we also shrugged our shoulders at the news that the Canucks re-signed fourth-liner Tom Sestito.

Read past the jump for all the Canucks news that's fit to link to.

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Canucks Re-Sign Tom Sestito for Two Years

Thomas Drance
May 29 2013 11:46AM

Realistically this was Sestito's most memorable moment as a Canucks skater last season.

Tom Sestito is an okay fourth-line pugilist type. He announced today on Twitter that he's been re-signed by the Canucks for two seasons:

The Canucks have confirmed the signing, and here's a link to the press release.

Read past the jump for a bit more analysis.

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Coaching Candidate Profile: Dave Tippett

Patrick Johnston
May 29 2013 11:18AM

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Dave Tippett is a veteran coach, meticulous, known to get along well with players as long as they understand the need to work hard. He'd be a solid fit for the Vancouver Canucks.

Of course, he's also still under contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, but only until the end of June though the 'Yotes are doing everything they can to retain him. Whether Tippett re-signs there or not has everything to do with ownership in the desert. What a surprise.

There's a lot to consider in Tippett's resume, but there's also a lot to consider about what it is that Mike Gillis wants from his next head coach.

All this, after the jump.

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Late Afternoon Headshots: May 28th

Thomas Drance
May 28 2013 06:06PM

Via Chloe Ezra, the ultimate "Edler controversy" .gif.

It was a rainy day in Vancouver, but a sunny day at Canucks Army where we discussed Anton Rödin's decision to eschew North American hockey in favour of a return to the Swedish Elite League, continued on with our coaching profile series by taking a look at Toronto Marlies bench boss Dallas Eakins, had a complete epiphany when we realized that Dustin Brown grew up a Canucks fan, and talked briefly about Lindy Ruff, a guy who isn't a candidate for the head-coaching position in Vancouver.

More Canucks news and goodies after the jump.

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