Diamond in the Rough Free Agents – the Fringe Forwards

Jeff Angus
June 20 2013 11:36AM

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The Canucks struck (relative) gold a few years ago with the signing of little-known forward Tanner Glass from the Florida system. Are there any other under-the-radar free agents out there for the Canucks to take a look at this summer?

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Canucks Team Needs: Third Pairing Defenceman

Dimitri Filipovic
June 20 2013 09:24AM

Will Alberts be retained? If not who replaces him?
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You can go ahead and forget about the so called "instant classic" that was Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, or the high-scoring shootout that was Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Indellible games are one thing, but years from now when people look back on mid-June of 2013, this week will be remembered as the one in which Canucks Army ran their annual "team needs" series.

Fortunately for us - or unfortunately for the team, and its fans, depending on the point of view you take - there's more meat to the list of needs this time around. While the Canucks were a good team last season (and will continue to be for the foreseeable future), there are far more questions surrounding the team's roster composition heading into this offseason compared with offseasons past.

We've already taken a look at the hole down the middle on the third line, the team's desperate need for secondary scoring, and the luxury of having defensive depth to fall back on. Now let's take a closer look at the team's the blue-line, with a particular emphasis on the third pairing.

Read on Past the Jump for More.

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Afternoon Headshots: June 19th

Thomas Drance
June 19 2013 05:08PM

This comet whale thingy is Kevin Yu's idea for a Utica Comets mascot. No words.
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Today at CanucksArmy we looked at the teams need for better defensive depth this upcoming season, and more importantly: unveiled the finalists for the "CANUCKARMY GEAR T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION." So far it's @TheStanchion's fetching "It's a Riot" design leading @YYJordan's wicked Tan Man design. Go vote for your favorite t-shirt now, and stay tuned for purchasing details!

More Canucks news and such after the jump.

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CanucksArmy Gear T-Shirt Design Contest Finalists

Thomas Drance
June 19 2013 01:40PM

So today, Wednesday June 19th, is the big day.

Why you ask? Because it's the day that we unveil our finalists for the "Canucks Army Gear T-Shirt Design Competition." We're going to spend the next week tabulating votes on these t-shirt designs (the polls will close on Wednesday). Around draft weekend we'll begin taking orders on a run of 100 t-shirts! The designer who submitted the winning design will win five free t-shirts, and we'll be donating a portion of the revenue generated to Five Hole for Food (more detials to come). 

Sounds pretty neat, right? Well wait until you get a load of some of the stellar designs that have been submitted! 

Click past the jump to do so.

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Canucks Team Needs: Depth Defenceman

Thomas Drance
June 19 2013 11:23AM

Aaron "The Prototype" Rome
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It's "Canucks team needs" week here at Canucks Army and already we've taken a look at some options the Canucks might have to improve their bottom-six centre depth, and their secondary scoring this offseason. Let's turn our attention to the blue-line, supposedly a strength of this club.

While the Canucks arguably lack a dominant "1A defenceman," there should be no doubt that in Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison the Vancouver Canucks have four very good top-four guys. In Chris Tanev, who is a restricted free-agent this summer, and Frank Corrado, Vancouver's system has some intriguing young depth as well. What the Canucks lacked a year ago, as evidenced by the fourteen games Cam Barker played, was credible defensive depth. It's an issue likely to be exacerbated this summer by the probable departure of unrestricted free-agent Andrew Alberts and expensive liability Keith Ballard.

Wither Aaron Rome? We'll break it all down after the jump.

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