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Living in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. the majority of his life, father introduced him to hockey at an early age and made sure his team was the Canucks. Eventually found himself loving the Seahawks. Masochistic much? Loves beer, novels, music, writing, long walks on the beach & sushi. "Be more like J.D." Connect with him today!
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A Tale of Two Coaches

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on how the 2013-14 campaign has panned out for John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault, as they adapt to their new clubs. A fair critique of Tortorella is laid out, while an appreciation for the old bench boss is also prevalent.

Some more potential Seahawks cap casualties

Eli Manning saw a lot of Red Bryant and the ground on Sunday (Kenny Via/The News Tribune)

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the recent releases of Sidney Rice and Red Bryant, and muses on which Seattle Seahawks could be next. Oh, the cruelty of the salary cap. James Carpenter, Chris Clemons, and Zach Miller are probably next up for John Schneider and Pete Carroll. Miller is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL…right?

On Red Bryant’s Rumoured Release

Red Bryant

NWSB Insider & Seahawks blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the rumours surrounding the apparently imminent release of Seattle’s left defensive end, Red Bryant. Could Big Red come back to town?

The Balancing Act as Super Bowl Champions

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke previews some of the many tough decisions ahead for the Seattle Seahawks, and preaches balance in this piece. The future of Seattle’s free agents are looked at in depth. With the Zach Miller quandary, Pete Carroll finds himself in another ideological catch-22. Golden Tate, Michael Bennett and Breno Giacomini highlight the list of Seahawks set to hit unrestricted free agency.

The Seattle Seahawks should release Sidney Rice

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on whether or not the Seattle Seahawks should cut bait with Sidney Rice, as a means of getting under the cap. With Doug Balwin and Golden Tate set to hit free agency, can the Seahawks afford to keep Rice as well? Doubtful.

Was Malcolm Smith the right pick for Super Bowl MVP?

Malcolm Smith

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at Malcolm Smith’s body of work from Sunday’s Super Bowl victory and tries to determine whether he was the right pick for Super Bowl MVP. Burke does his best to raise an interesting case for one of either Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril or Percy Harvin as more viable options. Congratulations to Malcolm Smith. He had a great game

The Seahawks stats don’t lie; We are the Champions!

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the stats from Sunday’s Super Bowl, using both conventional and advanced statistics to paint a better picture of how the Seahawks won this game. J.D. argues that the real stars from this game are Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril, but sheds some light on Malcolm Smith’s MVP performance as well.

Vancouver Canucks Acquire Raphael Diaz – He’ll play tonight.

Raphael Diaz

NWSB Insider & Canucks blogger J.D. Burke breaks down today’s trade, that saw the Canucks sending Dale Weise to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Raphael Diaz. All in all this is a great move for the Canucks. They filled a position of need without giving up much of anything.

Know Your Enemy: Bucking the Broncos

Russell Wilson, Danny Trevathan

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the Denver Broncos, and shares some insight on their road to the Super Bowl. What makes their offensive juggernaut tick is also explored. Can the Seahawks come away with the Super Bowl? While the Denver Broncos defense doesn’t get an awful lot of credit, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Terrance Knighton is going to give Max Unger, JR Sweezy, James Carpenter, Paul McQuistan fits.

Canucks to Sign Vinny Prospal to a PTO

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the news that the Vancouver Canucks have signed Vinny Prospal to a PTO. The 16 year veteran is due to play with the Utica Comets at first, but could eventually join the Canucks later on. In Prospal’s last season with Columbus, he tallied 12 goals and 18 assists, for a total of 30 points.

The Canucks have interest in Ryan O’Reilly?

Ryan Oreilly

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the rumours surrounding the Vancouver Canucks interest in Ryan O’Reilly, and whether they can acquire him or not. The bidding war, contract, and viability of such a move are all looked at in-depth. The package would likely include one of the Canucks young prospects, like Gaunce or Nicklas Jensen, and maybe even a mid-round draft pick.

Stats Don’t Lie; Seahawks to play for NFC Championship

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the stats from Saturday’s divisional round match against the New Orleans Saints to see which Seahawks stood out the most. Marshawn Lynch, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett all had great games for the 12th man. Individual achievements aside, this defense as a whole can take a lot of pride in their performance Saturday.