Nation Gear - It's a Riot!

Kent Wilson
July 03 2013 02:02PM




We just wanted to remind everyone there is a few Canucks Army riot shirts left. We're only printing off a limited number of these puppies so make sure to get 'em while they're still available.

Click the link to buy and within a few weeks you will have a classy, elegant garment suitable for evening galas, soirees, box socials, weddings, Bar Mitvahs or even future riots should some pop up down the road.

Remember, we're also donating a portion of the proceeds to the always worthwhile Five Hole For Food.

Great cause. Great shirt. Get it before it's too late.

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Should the Canucks Sign Jonathan Blum?

Jeff Angus
July 03 2013 09:33AM

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The former Vancouver Giant star defenseman has been cut loose by the Nashville Predators. The team decided not to qualify him – and they are looking to trade his rights before he becomes a free agent on Friday.

Does Blum make sense for the Canucks? The 1st round draft pick from 2007 (23rd overall) has had an up and down start to his NHL career in Nashville, and he has fallen out of favour with the management. There simply isn’t any room for him on the Predators back end, especially with the drafting of Seth Jones and the development of Victor Bartley, Ryan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm. The recent acquisition of TJ Brennan from Florida didn’t do much to help Blum’s chances of making the team, either.

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Diamond in the Rough Free Agents - the Fringe Defensemen

Jeff Angus
July 02 2013 04:00PM

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The Canucks need defensemen – or at least a defenseman – this summer. You could say the same thing about all 29 other NHL clubs, too. You can never have enough good defensemen, and we continue to see teams the most depth and the least injuries emerge as Stanley Cup winners year after year.

Assuming Keith Ballard is bought out (or somehow removed from the roster), Vancouver currently has Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison, and Alex Edler under contract. Hopefully John Tortorella quickly realizes that Bieksa and Edler shouldn’t play together (but that is a thought for another day). Chris Tanev is an RFA, and I’d expect him to be signed in short order.

Frank Corrado had an impressive debut last season, but the team won’t be promising him anything this summer. If he comes in to camp and outperforms the competition, a top six spot will be his. We have profiled the internal and external options to fill the depth defenseman void already, so I instead of rehashing any more of that post, let’s look at four AHL defensemen who could make the jump to the NHL (much like Aaron Rome did when Vancouver signed him a few years ago).

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Looking at the Canucks' Back-Up Goalie Situation

Blake Murphy
July 02 2013 12:55PM


Eddie Lack is the early favourite for the back-up role.

The Vancouver Canucks traded goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils at the NHL Draft on Sunday. This was a major move for the franchise, solving what had been a dynamic three-year dilemma between the pipes as Schneider battled with Roberto Luongo for the starting position.

With Schneider gone and Luongo hopefully on board with remaining with the team (not that he has many sane ways around it), the Canucks now face the much smaller issue of finding a back-up goaltender for Luongo.

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How long until Bo Horvat makes the show?

Cam Charron
July 02 2013 11:27AM

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Warning: this post is a "The Trade" discussion-free zone.

This post is about Bo Horvat, the player the Vancouver Canucks selected at 9th overall at Sunday's draft. I think the basics we already know about Horvat. He is a size-y two-way centreman for a very good hockey club. His scoring wasn't as good as some prospects', but his defensive and finishing games are well above average.

In short, he's the sort of exciting prospect the Canucks need that could rejuvenate the cabinet. One really good prospect makes them all look good, and Horvat is the highest-drafted Canuck since Henrik Sedin went 3rd overall in 1999. He will compete for a spot on Team Canada in December as an 18-year-old, a year behind most players on the team, and has been a key player on two OHL championship teams.

But that doesn't matter. How soon can he play in the NHL?

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