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2013 Fantasy hockey radar: Vancouver Canucks edition

Zack Kassian should be fresh in his first regular season action tonight against the Habs.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger is here to fill that void that has been empty for months: fantasy. You don’t even have to look outside of the Canucks roster to draft, either! Between Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler or Roberto Luongo, you can’t go wrong. Happy drafting and may the hockey gods favor you Vancouver Canucks fans. Remember, if in doubt grab Pavel Bure.

Who may surprise at Vancouver Canucks young guns tourney?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Alex McPhee previews the team’s young guns tournament by giving us a few names to look out for. Zach Hall, Daniel Johnston, Cain Franson, David Pacan and Jesse Mychan all make the list. Joacim Eriksson and Henrik Tommernes also receive mentions.

Mike Gillis’ best moves five years into his tenure

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the top five moves that Canucks GM Mike Gillis has made during his tenure in Van City. If you remember, Gillis was originally an agent who had the like of Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure under his thumb. So he was no stranger around these parts to begin with. But our Alex takes a closer look at some of the moves like Chris Tanev, Max Lapierre, Jordan Schroeder, and Nicklas Jensen, etc.

Who are the best Mariners of all-time?

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at the top 13 Seattle Mariners players of all time. The top of this list is a no-brainer, as are a lot of the other ones, but the one that may surprise many of you could be the first player on this list. Though Alex has a great point for including him, his stat line. Read this piece immediately, and argue your points for why your favorite Mariners isn’t included in the comments below.

What can we take away from the Luongo interview with TSN?

Roberto Luongo finally speaks out - Photo: Jeff Vinnick

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the recent two-part candid interview goaltender Roberto Luongo had with TSN host James Duthie. Luongo goes into detail about the feelings of a divorce between him and the team that signed him to the 12-year, $64-million contract and how he was prepared to move on into the next chapter of his career. There’s a strong possibility this season is his last as a Canuck.

Finding a Fit: Remaining Free Agents and the Canucks

Off season possibilities for the Canucks - Photo: National Post

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at which free agent forwards may be a good fit for the Canucks. With names such as Mikhail Grabovski, Damien Brunner, Brendan Morrow and Brad Boyes available, there are definitely some intriguing options out there. Adding any of these pieces could prove to be valuable, or could also just as easily flop.

Draft Watch 2014: West Vancouver’s Sam Reinhart

Draft prospect Sam Reinhart.  Photo: Last Word

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at 2014 NHL entry draft prospect, West Vancouver’s centerman Sam Reinhart. Sam Reinhart is a player who makes those around him better and projects to be a future top-line forward in the NHL. The attributes that stand out are his strong two-way game, leadership and, maybe most of all, his hockey IQ. Furthermore, Reinhart is a coach’s dream- a player who you want out in every situation, who works his butt off and is responsible defensively.

Vancouver Canucks secure Tanev and Alberts today

Chris Tanev

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time with a piece about the two Nucks signings today. Andrew Alberts and Chris Tanev. This deal tells Alex a couple things: neither side wanted to or could figure out a long term deal in terms of fair price at this point in time, so they went with a one year reasonable $1.5m so neither would be locked in to a multi-year deal they didn’t like.

PEDs in sports: Why the focus on the MLB?

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NWSB Insider and blogger Alex McPhee wonders why there is such a focus on PEDs in baseball and not in other sports. Focusing on the recent bans players such as Jesus Montero received for their involvement in Biogenesis, Alex compares suspensions and PEDs in baseball to football, and later, hockey. Compare the suspensions for banned substances to those of NFL, where the standard seems to be 4 games, a la Bruce Irvin it seems to be viewed as a much harsher crime in baseball.

What are the keys to having a successful 2013-14 season?

No more sitting on the bench for this talented goaltender.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time with a piece about the keys to success for the Canucks in the 2013/14 season. This offseason is sure full of uncertainties for the Canucks and their fans. A new coach, the wrong goalie traded, and now a game outdoors? Is this too much for the team to take? Alex says if they stick to his points of interest they will come away looking like a damn good hockey club.

Who are the next frontline forwards for the Canucks?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee poses a good question involving the future of the Canucks – who will be the next frontline forwards in Vancouver? The Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin are entering the later stages of their career and the team has Bo Horvat, Nicklas Jensen, Zack Kassian, Hunter Shinkaruk and Jordan Schroeder and others waiting for their chance to crack the first line.

Warning signs: Agent turnover for Canucks Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo will need to solid again on Saturday opposite a powerful Penguins team.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Alex McPhee details the relationship between player and agent, and what that means for the players employer. Roberto Luongo has axed the man who gave him the worst contract in the history of sports for what? An easy exit from Vancouver? Who knows at this point, but if he shows up for training, it will be a good sign. Maybe GM Mike Gillis and Luongo were all laughs for a reason?

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