Pre-Season Roster Battles

Thomas Drance
September 28 2011 02:54PM

Will Keith Ballard start the season in the Canucks Top-Six?

Great news - the Canucks are dressing an NHL quality line-up this evening against Anaheim, and will probably do so again tomorrow against the Sharks. Tonight the Canucks will go with what many expect to be their opening day top-6 forward group (The twins, and Burrows, Sturm-Hodgson-Samuelsson) as well as their projected top-4 defense and Luongo in net. I'm excited - we haven't really enjoyed some high-quality "Sedinery" since the Western Conference Final - and I require a hit of that.

Though the "core" of the team is beginning to see action with three games left in the preseason, there are still some roster battles to be fleshed out. Who will replace Kesler? Who will begin the season as the teams left defenseman on the third pairing? And which two players will line up outside Maxim Lapierre on the fourth line? Let's take a quick look!

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Headshots September 27th

Thomas Drance
September 27 2011 02:39PM

Need something good to read? Why you're just like Ryan Kesler - except way worse at hockey!

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at

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Season Preview: Goats and Stars

Thomas Drance
September 27 2011 11:38AM

It's become a tradition: every year at the Nations Network, our writers and commenters pick their stars — that one player who they will praise without end no matter what — and their goats — their yearly whipping-boy; he who can do no good for the season.

And this season is no exception.

CanucksArmy has expanded in the past few months, and our roster of writers has grown along with the blog. Writing for the site this season will be: Jeff Angus, TinfoilTuque, Cam Charron, Thomas Drance, Remy Greer (aka Herbert Vasilijevs), Patrick Johnston and Alix Wright. 

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More Than a Word

Thomas Drance
September 27 2011 09:20AM

Photo Credit: Matt Slocum/AP

Editors Note: Shane (@socialassassin2) is an opinionated Canucks fan, and comedy aficionado. We disagree on most everything about hockey, but I've always respected his wit and argumentative style. I've invited him to post at CanucksArmy on several occasions because he thinks I'm a huge homer, and I like the idea of airing a dissenting opinion on the blog. This isn't that dissenting opinion, instead it's Shane's personal take on the Simmonds/Avery incident and how the presence of homophobia and gay-slurs in professional sports impacts a gay sports fan.

By: Shane M

Nobody loves sports more than I do. I'm the sort of emotional fan who lives and dies with my favorite teams. With every horrible throw Tarvaris Jackson makes, a little bit of me dies. When Mason Raymond wrists another weak shot into the goalie's pads, I consider putting my fist through the TV. When Wally Buono makes another bone-headed decision, I convince myself I'm done with cheering for the Lions. Ok, that all may be a bit over-dramatic but you get the point.

The funny thing is that, though I'm a huge sports fan, I'm also gay. Based on the (admittedly limited) interactions I've had with other homosexuals, there aren't many who share my passion for sports, although I'm sure they do exist...somewhere.

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Headshots September 26th

Thomas Drance
September 26 2011 02:32PM

The best part about Campoli signing with the Habs today? It's an excuse to post this again!

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost and would like it to be featured in our Headshots po sts please e-mail me at

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