May 30 2013 12:34PM
Photograph: Bri Weldom via Wikimedia Commons
With the Red Wings falling short against the Chicago Blackhawks in game seven of the Western Conference Semifinal series which was completed on Wednesday, the NHL's final four is set. Also set as a result of Wednesday night's thrilling game seven? Vancouver's place in the 2013 NHL Draft order.
At the 2013 NHL draft in Newark, the Canucks will select a draft eligible player 24th overall in the first round, and then again with the 85th pick of the draft, the 115th pick, the 145th pick, the 175th pick, and finally the 205th pick in the seventh round. But more important than any prospects whom the Canucks might select, are the opportunities presented to them exclusively at the draft to improve the team through trades and creative manipulation of the new collective bargaining agreement (which of course we haven't seen yet). Read past the jump.
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.
May 29 2013 03:05PM
The King of pop drops the puck at a 1984 Vancouver Canucks home game.
Image via retronaut.com.
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.
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:
Couldn't be happier to announce I have signed a two year deal with the Vancouver Canucks— Tom Sestito (@TomSestito23) May 29, 2013
Read past the jump for a bit more analysis.
May 29 2013 11:18AM
Image via wikimedia commons.
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.