Henrik & Daniel get equal contracts but Canucks get unequal returns

Vancouver needs to turn it around next game. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the contracts signed by twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin this week for Van City. Ben points out a lot of that rejoicing is probably due to the fact that Henrik and Daniel have been, by far, the team’s best two forwards so far this season. Henrik has singlehandedly turned Ryan Kesler into a beast on the wing and Daniel is averaging a point a game.

Canucks blame game: Wings win 2-1

The only Canucks that seemed to be awake for this later than usual game were the Sedins and Luongo.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Red Wings win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Ben understands Torts decision to play his top players a lot but its October and I don’t think this amount of playing time is sustainable. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are 33 not 23 and they need to save something for the playoffs (where they usually suck anyways). Ben says Roberto Luongo kept this game close.

Edmonton Eskimos vs. B.C. Lions: Week 17 game balls

Buck Pierce, Rennie Curran

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Edmonton Eskimos . Giving game balls to Buck Pierce, JR Larose and Stefan Logan. Lypka goes on to say not only did Logan have a good game on offense, he also was a beast on the return game. He averaged over 20 yards on kick returns and close to 10 yards on punt returns and those yards were sorely needed by the Lions – especially in the first half.

Vanalysis: Gill and Torts excellent adventure

Ryan Kessler

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the team’s longest road trip of the season — one that can be considered a resounding success. Ryan Kesler was the most noticeable he’s been in a while, and while playing alongside Henrik Sedin helps, so does six goals and three assists. Just like Kesler, Kevin Bieksa had a bit of a rough start, but he was flying for most of the road trip. Roberto Luongo was also a big difference maker.

Memo to the BC Lions…What the Buck?

The BC Lions have traded for former backup QB Buck Pierce. (Photo: Bill Keay, Vancouver Sun files)

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka asks why today. Why is Buck Pierce NOT playing in place of the injured Travis Lulay? Keep in mind that Pierce is less than two years removed from a solid season in which he helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win games playing pretty ugly football. The Bombers made it to the Grey Cup in 2011 and a lot of that was due to the impact Pierce had on that team.

Ryan Kesler: Wingman or Centre?

Ryan Kesler

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 Canucks and what John Tortorella should do with Winger, no center Ryan Kesler. The big issue is that putting Kesler on the wing takes away one of the Canucks better face off men and likely the team’s most defensively responsible forward. Here are a few pros and cons for #17 lining up on the wing. For as good as Kesler is defensively, he’s got great offensive sense too.

Six games in…Early season underachieving Vancouver Canucks

Higgins vs. Dallas

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 underachieving Canucks players thru 6 games. Roberto Luongo, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins all make Ben’s list. All the noise that Kesler was talking about before the season about how he’s healthy and ready for a big year has proven to be nothing but a whole lot of hot air so far. He’s also a team worst -5 and has taken some pretty stupid penalties.

BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders: Week 15 game balls

Nick Moore

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Calgary Stampeders. Giving game balls to Nick Moore, Cord Parks and Tim Brown. Honourable mentions to Adam Bighill, Dante Marsh and Korey Banks on defense. Next up for the Lions is another trip to Regina, but this time it could be with Travis Lulay at the helm.

Statement game: Schneider and Luongo set to explode

How long until one of these talented goaltenders is out of the picture?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the big Canucks game tonight between the Devils and Van City. Welcome back to town Cory Schneider. Also, welcome to town Jaromir Jagr. For years, Cory Schneider was an incredibly patient solider for the Vancouver Canucks. Tonight on the ice at Rogers arena he’ll face off against his friend Roberto Luongo.

Stars of the weekend: Canucks dominate Alberta teams (again)

It's all up to Eddie tonight at Rogers Arena.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his 5 players & reasons the Canucks swept the Flames & Oilers over the weekend. Ryan Stanton has done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid against Calgary & Edmonton. Jason Garrison. He’s done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid. John Tortorella’s coaching tactics. He got his first win. He’s off to a nice start.

Game 1 blame game: Canucks vs. Sharks

Don't get me wrong...there were some positives.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his CHUMPS for the game 1 loss by Van City to San Jose on Thursday night. The Canucks fell 4-1 behind some solid goaltending by Roberto Luongo. Who was bad? Jannik Hansen. Recently signed a four year contract extension worth $10 million and he certainly played like a man who just got paid. Also Ryan Kesler took a pair of penalties and was a -2 on the night.

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Week 14 game balls

Andrew Harris has entered "Superstar" status. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Giving game balls to Andrew Haris, Adam Bighill and Paul McCallum. Honourable mentions to Nick Moore and Courtney Taylor on offense, while Cody Parks and Solomon Elimimian made plays on defense. Bottom line, this was the most impressive defensive showing of the year from the Lions.

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