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A (Very Early) Look at the 2013-14 Canucks Lineup: The Forwards

Zack Kassian – Wikimedia Commons The dog days of summer won’t set in for a few more weeks, but the craziness of the past few weeks (heck, since January) has finally started to slow down. We will be rolling out a lot of prospect content in the coming weeks, too. The Canucks have had a…

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Should the Canucks Sign Matt Cullen?

Nice ‘stache – courtesy of WikiCommons The Canucks need a third or fourth line center. And getting a guy with some offensive ability in case of another Ryan Kesler injury makes a lot of sense. Could veteran center Matt Cullen be that guy?

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Should the Canucks Sign Jonathan Blum?

Jonathan Blum – WikiCommons Media 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…

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Diamond in the Rough Free Agents – the Fringe Defensemen

Bobby Sanguinetti – WikiCommons 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…

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Delivering the Sauce: Draft Day Reactions

The CanucksArmy crew did a fantastic job of covering what was a crazy Sunday in the NHL. I found out about the Cory Schneider trade while driving back to the city from a little Seattle vacation – reading the instant reaction on Twitter was well worth the expensive data roaming charge. There have been many…

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Canucks 2013 NHL Draft Preview: WHL Prospects to Target

The Canucks have seemingly made a habit of avoiding picking players from the WHL at the NHL Draft in recent years, especially with high draft picks (Taylor Ellington notwithstanding). Year after year this fact is lamented by fans who watch hometown kids develop into NHL studs like Milan Lucic and Brendan Gallagher. The Canucks will…

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The Opening of the Tortorella Era

  The John Tortorella hiring has already been covered extensively here at the CanucksArmy (including this reaction coverage), but I wanted to weigh in with a few more thoughts on what is already a fascinating story to follow. Will Tortorella succeed in Vancouver? Was he even the first choice of Mike Gillis? Can Tortorella change…

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Diamond in the Rough Free Agents – the Fringe Forwards

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: Secondary Scoring

We kicked off "Team Needs" week at Canucks Army on Monday with a look at third-line centre options this offseason. That series continues today with a look at top-six forward options. I looked at some second line options last week (including David Clarkson and Valtteri Filppula), and that analysis will be expanded upon a bit in…

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Plugging the Holes: Looking at Line Two

David Clarkson – Wikicommons Media Assuming the Canucks go with the status quo for next season (relatively speaking, there will be some inevitable change to the roster), what holes do they need to fill? Today, we will take a look at some options for the second line wing spot next to David Booth* and Ryan…

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Fixing the Fourth Line: The Center of Attention

  Max Lapierre – Wikicommons Media Last week, we looked at some internal and external options for the Canucks to use for the fourth line wings. On the left side, there isn’t much organizatonal depth, and my suggestion was to find a proven NHL player (Blake Comeau, for example). On the right side, though, it…

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Fixing the Fourth Line: The Right Wing

  Dale Weise and Max Lapierre – Wikicommons Media On Tuesday, we looked at Vancouver’s search for a left winger to play on the fourth line. My suggestion was to sign UFA winger Blake Comeau, or to find a player in the AHL (much like the Canucks did a few years ago with Tanner Glass).  The…