NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us if hockey fans have to be exposed to this greed-driven lockout, consider him not impressed. The NHL’s recent decision to reject a meeting proposed by the NHLPA in an effort to negotiate in good faith only exacerbates a PR problem faced by league owners. He hopes we’ll have NHL hockey by December.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger the Flying V Kevin Vanstone tells us today from a hockey fan’s point of view, this fall has been especially difficult. NHL hockey hasn’t started on schedule, and no holiday will replace the joy a game can bring to so many fans. So what exactly do Canucks fans have to be thankful for while we all suffer through the lockout blues? Its Thanksgiving Day in Canada, here’s the list.
NWSB Insider and sports blogger Kevin Vanstone tells us today despite the gravity of Justin Tucker’s controversial game-winning field goal, Sunday’s final score was relegated irrelevant in the wake of what transpired over four quarters. Sunday morning Torrey Smith and his family received news of a tragic accident on Route 672 Chatham Lane in the Montross area of Virginia. 19-year-old Tevin Jones his brother had died.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger the Flying V remembers Rick Rypien one year after his tragic death. Depression is a deceptive issue, one that rarely manifests itself publicly, instead secluding the mind to the dark recesses found behind a fake smile. In the macho-man world of professional hockey, there seems to be little room for talk about depression, a disease still perceived by many to be a simple weakness.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone weighs in on the Ryan Kesler shoulder injury, will he or won’t he start the season? The trickle down effects and questions. If Maxim Lapierre is moved up to the second line, Chicago Wolves’ center Jordan Schroeder depth chart, what kind of minutes will Manny Malhotra get? In the meantime, it is up to Gillis to decide if his hockey team can afford to learn on the fly.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone weighs in on the 2012 NHL free Agency news on the Canucks signing Jason Garrison. A “late bloomer,” at first glance, Garrison took his time to craft his game from the blue line after playing forward up to the age of 18 when he joined the Nanaimo Clippers. He is expected to play alongside Alex Edler on Vancouver’s second defensive pairing.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone weighs in on the amazing news today for Nucks fans that The Russian Rocket Pavel Bure has been inducted into the 2012 Class of the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame. At 478 career points Bure only sits 7th all time among Canucks players, but boasts the best goal-per-game averages Vancouver has ever seen. Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, and Mats Sundin also go in.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks writer The Flying V – Kevin Vanstone chimes in with his off-season analysis. Despite the signs pointing towards the contrary (and the Luongo list of teams he’d potentially go to), Kevin would trade Cory Schneider and keep Roberto Luongo heading into next season. Luongo is a proven competitor and has won at the highest level.