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Ex-Canucks winger Vladimir Krutov passes away in Russia

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer C-Mac tells us the sad news today about former Canucks Russian winger Vladimir Krutov who passed away this week in Russia. Krutov appeared in his only season in the National Hockey League with the Canucks, becoming one of the first Soviet-born players to play in the NHL. He registered 34 points (11-23-34) in 61 games in the 1989-90 campaign.

MLS Matchup Report: Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Our man C-Mac has his finger firmly on the pulse of the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second season of MLS soccer. This time out, C-Mac gives us his match preview of the Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps. Martin Renne should have a rested squad after a few days off following the hellish month of may. Sebastien Le Toux looks to get back on the scoring sheet, as the Whitecaps look to move up the table in the Western Conference.

Watching the Wave: Vancouver Whitecaps May 31st

Our man C-Mac has his finger firmly on the pulse of the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second season of MLS soccer. What a month. Atiba Harris underwent successful surgery. The team did fairly well in the Voyageurs Cup play, blowing out Edmonton, before losing to Toronto FC in the last 8 minutes. There was an unexpected 2-1 win over San Jose, before a 4-1 thrashing by New England.

Mariners Japanese Player Review: Ichiro, Kawasaki and Iwakuma

NWSB Insider and part-time Seattle Mariners blogger C-Mac weighs in today with his 2012 analysis of the Mariners Japanese baseball stars. He spent five great years living in Tokyo, and offers his analysis from time to time. He looks at Ichiro, Munenori Kawasaki, and Hisashi Iwakuma in this post. How do the new Mariners 2012 stars compare with past Japanes stars?

Does Ryan Kesler make the five best Canucks centers of all time list?

NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Vancouver Canucks moments in time article today detailing the top Vancouver centers in the history of the team. C-Mac states Ryan Kesler is his second best Canucks center of all time, with the Swedish captain Henrik Sedin sitting at first. Kesler will turn 28 on Aug. 31st this year, and should have at least another four prime years.

Vancouver Whitecaps Player Profile: Sebastien Le Toux

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Blogger C-Mac is back with another Vancouver Whitecaps MLS player profile. This time he is taking a look at the ever dangerous Sebastien Le Toux. A native of France, Le Toux never really made an impact until he came stateside and landed with the Seattle Sounders FC. After years there he moved on to the Philadelphia Union, before finally becoming a mainstay in the Witecaps starting 11.

Canucks Northwest Coach Profiles: Marc Crawford

NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach and general manager Marc Crawford. A former Canucks draft pick and then a Coach. Cool story. Crow was selected 70th overall in the 4th round by the Vancouver Canucks, and promptly made it to the NHL the very next year in the 1981-82 season. After seven years, Crow was finished in 2006 coaching VanCity.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers game recap

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Blogger C-Mac is back with his matchday summary between your Whitecaps FC and the Portland Timbers. Great game on Saturday for Darren Mattocks. He had a difficult start to his season with the burn injury, but he is beginning to justify his high selection with another goal. Alain Rochat’s carelessness in possession on defence led to the Portland goal.

MLS Matchup Report: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Blogger C-Mac is back with his matchday preview between your Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers. Vancouver needs to pull together a much tighter display for this match. Davide Chiumiento will likely make a return to the starting lineup, as will Omar Salgado. Expect a 2-1 loss to a solid Portland team.

The Alain Vigneault Canucks contract extension makes perfect sense

NWSB Insider and Senior Vancouver Canucks writer C-Mac is back with a post this week recommending Vancouver rally behind Mike Gillis and Alain Vigneault. He says AV may not have the same resume with the Vancouver Canucks organization in comparison to the esteemed and knighted Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, but he has helped the team reach the playoffs 5 times in 6 years

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC (2nd leg) post-match review

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Blogger C-Mac is back with his matchday summary. This loss for the Camilo Sanvezzo and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC is quite disappointing. TFC was ripe for the picking but Coach Martin Rennie played the conservative card. How will Vancouver respond in upcoming MLS play?

Northwest MLS Athlete Profile: Vancouver Whitecaps Eric Hassli

NWSB insider and Vancouver Whitecaps blogger C-Mac tells us despite his size, Eric Hassli has a fine first touch and is capable of breathtaking skill at times, most notably with his dipping volley from the edge of the 18 yard box back across his body and into the top corner against rivals Seattle Sounders in 2012. Hassli was a bit of a vagabond in his European years. Onto his MLS athlete profile.

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