Once again Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells us the Canucks already received three pretty great gifts this year. Here is the official 2013 Canucks Christmas Gift List. A lollipop for coach Torts for being such a respectful fella with the media to date. More of the type of deal-with-the-devil contracts that David Booth must have signed in order for him to return to the ranks of productive players.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in with another installment of NWSB’s fearless predictions. This time he predicts five glorious events upcoming for the 2013 Canucks. He says fear not Van City. Cory Schneider has actually provided a longer term benefit with the fruitful draft day prize of Bo Horvat, and his selection also gave the team the luxury of picking up scoring winger Hunter Shinkaruk. Factor in a healthy Ryan Kesler in 2013 and watch out.
C-Mac one of our northwest blogger who spent 8 years in Japan teaching English weighs in today with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time on Japanese import pitcher for the Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma. C-Mac points out Kuma is well conditioned, having grown up in a Japanese system focusing on great fundamentals day after day. Coupled with Iwakuma’s strong mental approach to the game, he and Felix Hernandez form a formidable 1-2 M’s pitching punch.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in with another installment of NWSB’s Moments in Time piece, this time we are looking back on the debut of the great Pavel Bure. The news came out this offseason that the Canucks will be raising Bure’s #10 jersey to the rafters. And this is a nice piece by C-Mac to take a look at where the magic all started; November 5th, 1991. Click here and take a journey down memory lane with the most explosive Canuck of all time.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the overachievers and underachievers in Van City for the end of the 2012/13 regular season. Jason Garrison was on the underachiever side of this list at the quarter season mark, but he made a superb turnaround. Alex Edler is the single most disappointing player that the Canucks have had to endure this season. David Booth could well be the victim of Vancouver’s buyout amnesty.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger C-Mac talks about Vancouver’s woes with officiating lately. After not appearing to deliver THAT illegal of a hit, Alex Edler was suspended in a shocking turn of events that made Canucks fans resent referees even further. This troubling inconsistency in what constitutes an offense and the ‘pick ‘em out of a hat suspension length’ is what drives coaches and players crazy.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the Canucks finally winning a game thanks to an iffy goal by Mason Raymond. He also ponders what to do with Coach Alain Vigneault. He says Vancouver in particular appears more anxious behind the bench. Watch Coach Vigneault these days as he spends more time frantically berating the officials over perceived injustices than concentrating on creative game planning.
Our man C-Mac has his finger firmly on the pulse of the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second season of MLS soccer. C-mac says despite the early loss of talismanic captain Jay DeMerit to injury, Vancouver is off to two hard earned wins and has injected hope into the Vancouver market for a potentially championship winning pro sports team. There is much to admire already in how this team has been assembled.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the overachievers and underachievers in Van City. Keith Ballard looked like he had it all sorted out at last, skating well and moving the puck crisply, then Chris Tanev moved up in the defence pairings and the familiar error prone Ballard was once again back in the Coach V doghouse. Kevin Bieksa is the one defenseman who has been steady on both ends of the ice.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac says for all the criticism thrown at him, the slick haired Roberto Luongo has been one of the better Canucks players in 2013 and after 6 games projects professionalism. He takes a look at the best and the worst of the Canucks line-up so far. Zack Kassian, Luongo, and Chris Tanev make the “good list”. Dan Hamhuis, Jason Garrison, and Manny Malhotra make the “naughty’ list.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac is back to blogging on his favorite Canucks team and their motivation for the 2013 Stanley Cup. He points out its a short season and Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will be needed more than ever to jumpstart this team in the looming campaign. He says a poor start can humble would be brutal, so coach Alain Vigneault has some urgent motivating to consider.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger C-Mac weighs in today with some fun New Years resolutions for the 2013 Seahawks. It’s the holidays and everyone’s in the mood to celebrate, especially in the wake of such a great ‘Hawks season to date. Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Russell Okung, Richard Sherman & Brandon Browner are mentioned. Well Seahawks fans, what are your thoughts for New Year’s resolutions?