NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges wonders aloud where the team can go from here. As the memories of that long road trip and the dominance of the Sedin/Kesler line fade, the Vancouver Canucks are stuck in a rut of playing well, but not good enough to win. It’s a familiar feeling over the past few years.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges gives us a look into the future, wondering if the team, specifically Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kessler and Daniel Sedin, can sustain as the 2013-14 NHL season progresses. Before we get ahead of ourselves and declare the decisions to bring in Tortorella and retain Roberto Luongo as the pinnacles of Mike Gillis’ career, let’s remember that dreaded phrase ‘sample size’.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the beginning of the season for the Vancouver Canucks. Through 10 games, the team is 5-4-1. It’s not a great start, but the team has shown potential. Mike Santorelli has started hot, Henrik Sedin is putting the team on his back and Jason Garrison is behind only PK Subban in the defensive scoring race. All that said, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler have been struggling offensively, while Dan Hamhuis has looked sluggish and possibly hurt.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the San Jose Sharks. He says that the Sharks continued their dominance of the Canucks, and turned what was a tight game into a gimme with two successive third period goals. New Nucks Coach John Tortorella is insisting that the team hasn’t fully adapted his system, and it showed last night . Roberto Luongo love ’em. Jason Garrison love ’em.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things reasons why this will…or won’t be a great and epic 2013 season for the Van City Nucks. Richard asks where will it all go wrong? He points out it could be all downhill IF Ryan Kesler is a shell of his former self; David Booth is a shell of his former self; and Zack Kassian is a shell of his current self. Can John Tortorella bring this team back? Can Roberto Luongo? Time will tell…
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things to love and some things to hate about the 2013 preseason for the Canucks. He points out Brendan Gaunce had a decent camp that hints he may well be ready in a year or two to don the Orca full-time. He goes on to say we can’t say the same for Nicklas Jensen’s camp. Roberto Luongo’s performance last Saturday in Edmonton not good. Last night vs. NYR however was great.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about David Booth and how he needs to prove himself to the organization and fans in 2013/14. Originally coming to Vancouver in a move that saw many fans applaud the front office, Booth has failed to live up to the hype and has been somewhat injury-riddled, leading many to cast him off as a bust. Will 2013/14 be the year he finally proves himself?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges discusses whether Frank Corrado should start the 2013-14 NHL season in Utica or in the big league. After being one of the final cuts at the World Junior camp last year, Corrado played three games for the Chicago Wolves after his junior season was over before making the jump to Vancouver and playing in three regular season games and four playoff games.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges gives you his own thoughts on Canucks d-man Dan Hamhuis’ chanes of making the Canadian Olympic team. Hamhuis along with Alex Burrows, are the representation of those Canadian talents that would find their way to Sochi with any other passport but instead find themselves buried by Canada’s amazing depth.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges gives you his own thoughts on the typical offseasons of fans of the Canucks and how they are usually spent looking back at what could’ve been while feeling disgruntled about the management at the same time. If Richard had any message for those fans who continue to wallow, it would be to stop, get outside, get some fresh air, and realize that the season isn’t that far away at all.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the top five matchups of the 2013-14 NHL season for the team. The San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators all make the cut. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider compete against each other at Rogers Arena. This should be a classic tilt shouldn’t it Nucks fans?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us a very sobering question: Do the Canucks actually make the playoffs next year? With the new re-alignment finally taking over the landscape in the NHL, the Canucks have some pretty fierce company in their division. All three California teams are a force to deal with, and then there’s the unknown of Arizona, Calgary and Edmonton. Torts AKA John Tortorella will do his best to make it happen.