Looking Back on the 2014 Vancouver Canucks NHL Draft

Jake Virtanen picked up at #6 overall by the Canucks in the 2014 NHL entry draft.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger J. Dylan Burke weighs in on the 2014 NHL draft weekend for the Canucks. Despite all the changes made in the front office and behind the bench, Ryan Kesler was not satisfied with the Vancouver Canucks’ path. He still wanted out. It seemed like the 2014 Canucks picks reflected this move. Hello Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann.

The Seattle Mariners 2014 Mid-Season Report Card

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NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in with his M’s midseason grades. The Mariners have compiled 43 wins vs. 38 losses which puts them solidly in 3rd place in the AL West. Bright spot? M’s bullpen. Led by a guy most people really didn’t see coming in Dominic Leone. Leone has given up just eight earned runs all year in 29 appearances giving him a 2.18 ERA.

Seattle Mariners Disabled List Log Jam

Taijuan Walker

4 Players Ready But Is There Room? The beginning of the week began with a bang for the Seattle Mariners as they made chopped clams out of the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox.  At the same time, however, several of their key players were down in Tacoma proving that they were healthy and ready […]

Run Support for the King?  It’s Inconsistent At Best

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott breaks down the performance of Ms pitcher Felix Hernandez. Watching Seattle Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez pitch is an absolute joy. Watching him pitch with some of the run support he has received from his teammates can also be an absolute nightmare.

Willie Desjardins Becomes Canucks head coach

Willie Desjardins

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Andrew Deutschmann recaps the rumor that Willie Desjardins could become the new head coach of the Nucks. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the team could introduce him as the new lead man next week. Deutschmann explains why this looks like a great hire for Trevor Linden and Jim Benning.

How Meyers Leonard can turn around career for Portland Trail Blazers

Meyers Leonard

NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how Meyers Leonard can become an integral part of the Rip City rotation. On defense, the big man must mimic the play of former Blazer Joel Przybilla. On offense, he must step into the paint and become more consistent to earn minutes over Thomas Robinson and Joel Freeland.

2014 NBA draft: No picks, no problem for Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox tells us why having no picks in the 2014 NBA draft is no problem for Rip City. With LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, PDX needs help off the bench. With guys such as Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland and Will Barton already in the second unit, that help must come from free agency, the draft or internal growth.

Why the Canucks Should Have Kept David Booth

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Dylan Burke weighs in on the news this week out of Van City regarding much maligned winger David Booth. By using their final compliance buyout on David Booth, the Canucks will save $4.25M against this year’s salary cap and little over $1M in actual money. Hardly pocket change, but I can’t imagine that breaks the bank – all things being relative, of course.

Trade Talk: Are The Seattle Mariners Buyers Or Sellers In 2014?

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NWSB Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in on the MLB trade rumors and gossip surrounding the 2014 Seattle Mariners season. Some possible names? Infielders of course. Neither Brad Miller or Nick Franklin have been able to seize the opportunity and take ownership of the spot. Both have batted well below .200 on the season and that’s just not going to work long term.

Cheeseburgers, Pizzas, And Candy Bars, Oh My!

Jesus Montero

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott breaks Justin Smoak on the DL and struggling with a sore quad muscle — and Corey Hart already there. It was easy to understand why the Seattle Mariners made two of their more recent roster moves in bringing up Logan Morrison and Jesus Montero.

Portland Trail Blazers: Free-agent possibilities in 2014 offseason

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox gives us a handful of NBA free agents who would help the team in 2014-15. Featured are: Thabo Sefolosha, Avery Bradley, Kirk Hinrich, Evan Turner, Elton Brand, C.J. Miles, Emeka Okafor, Spencer Hawes and Jermaine O’Neal.

Hello Seattle?  Wooden Bats? Leather Gloves? Does That Ring A Bell?

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott writes a letter to M’s fans pleading for everyone to show up to Safeco Field. In a recent stint against the New York Yankees, the team from the Pacific Northwest, saw its own fans cheer for the enemy. Robinson Cano has been the real deal, Kyle Seager has been whacking the ball around too and even some kid named Cole Gillespie has been raking it as of late. Plenty of reasons to cheer.