Richardson, Santorelli and the Canucks’ lack of depth down the middle

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today heading into a fresh 82-game season the Vancouver Canucks once again face high expectations. After a brutal end to a lockout-shortened season the team was forced to take a step back to re-evaluate during the summer, and forward depth was one of the many concerns for General Manager Mike Gillis. What will Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh, Brad Richardson and Mike Santorelli bring to the table in 2013?

2013/14 Canucks predictions: Team leaders and player props

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us with a new coach, a new team philosophy, and a new starting goaltender, this year’s edition of the Vancouver Canucks may not resemble what fans have come accustomed to with Alain Vigneault behind the bench, but with change comes unbridled optimism. With that being said, below are my predictions for the 2013-14 season. News flash Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will lead Van City again.

Canucks make final 2013 opening night roster cuts

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to tell us the Vancouver Canucks have made another round of cuts following last night’s final pre-season game against the New York Rangers. Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk are in. Both Horvat and Shinkaruk can play up to nine regular season games with the Canucks before the team will have to decide whether they are sent back down to junior or remain with the team for the season.

Canucks backup to play large role behind Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to tell us Roberto Luongo will undoubtedly be the Vancouver Canucks’ starting goaltender this season, but the battle to hold his iPad has only just begun. Both Eddie Lack and Joacim Eriksson will get a good look at the backup role during training camp, and the winning candidate can expect a significant regular season workload according to John Tortorella.

2013-2014 Vancouver Canucks’ schedule: highlights and breakdown

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us to mark your calendars, the Vancouver Canucks will open their 2013-14 regular season on Thursday, October 3rd against the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks play six pre-season games this year against the Sharks (home and away), Oilers (home and away), Coyotes (home), and Rangers (home). Bonjour, Monsieur Vigneault.

Canucks ownership, management, and the team’s window to win

Mike Gillis

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us for several seasons the Vancouver Canucks have been operated by the same three key personnel. Owner Francesco Aquilini, general manager Mike Gillis, and head coach Alain Vigneault have been working together since Vigneault joined the team in 2007, and the goal has always been the same: to win a Stanley Cup. How will John Tortorella do?

How will Roberto Luongo play the cards the Canucks have dealt him?

Roberto Luongo

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us Roberto Luongo has yet to make any comment regarding his position with the Canucks next season, will he return to Vancouver to take back the crease? Kev says If Luongo the holdout emerges, the Canucks could enter the 2014 season with a number of question marks in the crease and only Eddie Lack to answer them.

Mike Gillis shocks NHL, trades Cory Schneider for Devils for 9th pick

Mike Gillis

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us the preamble to the 2013 NHL draft promised a day filled with bold moves and intrigue, and Mike Gillis wasted no time supplying the league with both by trading Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for their 9th overall pick on Sunday. The Canucks then drafted Bo Horvat 9th overall in the 2013 NHL entry draft.

Can John Tortorella turn the Vancouver Canucks around?

John Tortorella

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us the official hiring of John Tortorella today is good for Van City. Simply put, John Tortorella is a talented hockey coach with a very low tolerance for incompetence. Kevin says Alain Vigneault was notorious for employing a defensive style of play while rarely opening the game up with a healthy roster, and asks will Tortorella find balance between Safe Is Death and The Shot-Blocking Blues?

David Booth buyout update gives Canucks options

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us David Booth’s ankle rehab could throw the Canucks a curve ball as the buyout period approaches for NHL teams this offseason. The Canucks employ a number of integral players with no-movement clauses attached to their contracts, and with a new coach expected to take the team in a new direction minimal player movement over the summer could be a good thing

Canucks fire Alain Vigneault after second unsuccessful post-season

Gillis & Vigneault

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Nucks news of firing head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Brown on Wednesday afternoon just 15 days after the Canucks were swept by the San Jose Sharks, marking the end of an era for Vancouver Canucks hockey. It could be a long summer for Canucks fans.

Canucks personnel most likely to find new employers in 2013

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Nucks and says it has been a full thirteen days since VanCity were swept by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, and after an appropriate mourning period it is time to look towards next season and the changes needed. Roberto Luongo has been on his way out of Vancouver for some time. He’s surely gone. Alain Vigneault. Gone too.

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