On Vigneault's Press Conference and the Prospect of a "Coaching Swap"

Thomas Drance
June 21 2013 11:16AM

Alain Vigneault introduced in a press conference in New York on Friday.

On Friday, as divisive former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault prepared to give his first full press conference since his final game coaching Vancouver's club in early May, news broke out of Phoenix that Dave Tippett has signed a long-term contract extension and the Stars made their decision to hire Lindy Ruff official. So that means that, as of today, the Canucks are the last show in town on the "coaching vacancy front" and there appear to be three serious candidates left in the running in Scott Arniel, John Stevens, and John Tortorella.

With dream candidates Dan Bylsma and Dave Tippett remaining in place, and Lindy Ruff, Dallas Eakins, Patrick Roy and Vancouver's most recent head coach hired elsewhere, the cards are now all on the table. There's no obvious reason for the Canucks to wait and see any longer, so perhaps a decision on a new head coach will be forthcoming in short order. (Update: NHL sources are telling Gary Lawless than the Canucks have already offered the position to John Tortorella). Or maybe we'll wait another week because, after all, this is the Canucks we're talking about.

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CanucksArmy Podcast: Episode 8

Thomas Drance
June 20 2013 01:48PM

Video courtesy NHLVideo

Hey there, welcome to the eighth episode of the Canucks Army podcast!

We're joined in this episode by TSN's Scott Cullen, who speaks with us at length about his recent "Canucks Offseason Gameplan" published over at TSN.ca. Also Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider and Hockey Prospetus drops by to preview the upcoming NHL draft and break down the overall lack of depth in Vancouver's pipeline. 

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Diamond in the Rough Free Agents – the Fringe Forwards

Jeff Angus
June 20 2013 11:36AM

Image via wikimedia commons.

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?
Image via wikimedia commons.

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.

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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.
Via Pass it to Bulis.

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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