The five players that (probably) will give John Tortorella fits

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Check Torts’ blood pressure Errant cell phone press conference calls aside, John Tortorella has managed to maintain his temper so far in Vancouver. But I think we all know it’s only a matter of time before he goes off (I’m thinking sometime on the seven game road trip in the middle of October). Torts hasn’t even […]

B.C. Lions vs: Saskatchewan Roughriders Week 13 game balls

DeMarco was fine. Travis Lulay should sit back and take as long as he needs

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka recaps the Lions’ last contest against the Roughriders. Giving game balls to Dante Marsh, Paul McCallum, and Thomas Demarco. Ben loved the Lions’ latest victory. Other noteables on D. Adam Bighill was a presence as usual and Cord Parks was solid in the secondary. And on ST’s. Tim Brown was also strong for the entire game, averaging 20 yards per kickoff return and almost 10 yards per punt.

Make or break year for the Canucks Jordan Schroeder

2013-14 will be a make-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka details why the 2013-14 NHL season is a mak-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder. With Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler taking up the top two centre positions, the logical place to slot Schroeder in is as a third line centre, but even that seems a little up in the air. To top it all off, Schroeder is coming off of shoulder surgery. This year is basically Schroeder’s last chance…right?

Losing Travis Lulay could be a good thing

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down why sitting Travis Lulay could be a good thing for the team. Lulay is in the midst of a slump, and allowing him to pick the brain of Buck Pierce could do him some good. In limited action against Montreal, Thomas DeMarco played well, and getting him more reps could do him good before the playoffs.

BC Lions 2013 defensive mid-season grades

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions’ Blogger Ben Lypka hands out his mid-season grades for the BC Lions’ defence. While the team leads the league in interceptions, Ben would still like to see more output in this category from a certain few players. The defence has been good, but this team is still struggling in the aspects of what our fans expectations are.

Four undrafted under-the-radar Vancouver Canucks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka brings us 4 potential future Canucks. The Young Stars tourney has quite a bit to talent to choose from, but Ben likes Daniel Jonson, Jesse Mychan, Philippe Maillet and Zach Hall as possibilities to join the big club.

BC Lions 2013 offensive mid-season grades

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions’ Blogger Ben Lypka hands out his mid-season grades for the BC Lions’ offense. While their records stands at a respectable 6-3 on the year, the Lions have been fairly mediocre and really haven’t looked like a Grey Cup contender. Andrew Harris has been one of the most consistent players on offense but Lulay and the rest of the squad have been rather unimpressive.

Leaving the Grizzlies den for greener pastures

Greg Anthony went on to have a successful NBA career, as well as a solid broadcasting career.

NWSB Insider Ben Lypka looks at former Vancouver Grizzlies players and ranks which ones went on to have the most successful post-Vancouver days. Greg Anthony, Shareef Abdul-Rahim, Antonio Daniels, Mike Bibby and Bryant Reeves all make the list. We’re approaching 12 years since the Grizzlies moved to the bustling metropolis of Memphis.

Five 2013-14 survival tips for Roberto Luongo

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down how Roberto Luongo can stay happy entering the 2013-14 season. Everyone’s favourite backup goalie chatted with TSN’s James Duthie about his future. He made it clear he’s not thrilled to be back in Vancouver, but forgetting about his contracts (as well as social media) should help clear his mind. Also, working on shootouts and side-to-side movements will help. If he can get rid of the no-trade clause, that will help, too.

Arland Bruce making much ado about nothing

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Ben Lypka recaps the drama between the team, Arland Bruce and Wally Buono. Bruce is upset that he didn’t get a call from Buono, Mike Benevides or anyone involved with the BC Lions. But that’s the nature of the CFL. The Lions face Bruce and the Montreal Alouettes tonight. And, of course, everyone loves balloons.

Five UFA’s the Canucks could squeeze in for 2013

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down five UFAs that the Vancouver Canucks may be targeting this offseason. With names such as David Steckel, Steve Sullivan, Hal Gill, Akim Aliu and Colton Teubert on the list, the Canucks have options. The market has a mixture of veteran presence and moldable, youthful talent available, and these five options all would fit well.

Who will the Lions turn to in that must-win moment?

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NWSB Insider Ben Lypka focuses on the idea that Travis Lulay is a great quarterback and seems like a nice guy, but that could be the problem. He’s never had a receiver he’s really connected with. Who will step up? Emmanuel Arceneaux? Nick Moore? Courtney Taylor? Marco Iannuzzi and Shawn Gore? This team needs a No. 1 target.

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