A tale of two coaches: Looking at John Tortorella

John Tortorella

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Alex McPhee details the relationships that John Tortorella has had with past players and how that may play out in Vancouver. Its hard to know which coach Vancouver is getting with the hiring of Torts. Will he be the coach who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2004 or the one who didn’t achieve the desired effect on a contending roster for just over four years with the New York Rangers, or otherwise?

Sunny forecast for Sochi for your Vancouver Canucks

Dan Hamhuis will have a steady, productive season on Vancouver's blue line in 2013.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Alex McPhee breaks down the Olympic prospects for Team Canada, Team USA, Team Sweden and Team Denmark. McPhee says that in all likelihood, the Canucks will be represented by Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. All in all with a realistic 7-8 contenders to make their respective Olympic squads, the Vancouver Canucks will surely be represented well in the Sochi Games.

Prospect recap: A look at the 2013 Canucks draftees

Jordan Subban

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today with his analysis of the Canucks draft picks and prospects. Bo Horvat, Cole Cassels, Hunter Shinkaruk, Jordan Subban, Anton Celerholm, Mike Williamson, Miles Liberati are introduced to Vancouver hockey fans. Alex points out these Canucks rooks aren’t gunning for top line spots yet, so let’s all just calm down for a minute.

No mystic in Seattle: A look back at past drafts

Hopefully the top picks of recent years will pan out better than in year's past.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Alex McPhee talks about Seattle’s misfortunes in prior MLB drafts. Selecting players who were considered to have been sure things at the next level, for whatever reason, the Mariners have had a tough time developing their draft picks into players who could contribute significantly at the next level. Citing numerous picks after Seattle’s who have become MLB stars, Alex runs down the unfortunate selections Seattle has made in the past.

Three potential moves worth making for the Canucks

Kevin-Bieksa-Crooning

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today with a the knowledge of an armchair GM. Alex has brought us three potential moves that make sense for the Canucks at this moment in time. Trading Kevin Bieska would be priority number one for Alex. Jordan Schroeder gets the axe next, followed by a buy out of Roberto Luongo following this next season. Click to read all of his reasoning’s now.

GMMG Analysis: Inherent risks of playing the NHL waiting game

Gillis Canucks

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today on the offseason deal that sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils, and discusses the ramifications of keeping Roberto Luongo and his contract in Vancouver. Alex points out the Canucks gave up Schneider and his $4m per year for the next 2 seasons and kept a bitter Luongo, who is 33 years old with a cap hit of $5.33m.

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