NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us a very important article today. He’s asking the question nobody in Vancouver seems to want to answer. Why are there so many Italians walking into Rogers Arena these days and finding their names on the roster of the Vancouver Canucks? Frank Corrado, Ben Ferriero. Brandon DeFazio. Mike Santorelli. Even the retention of Roberto Luongo. Last year we had Steve Pinizzotto, and Aaron Volpatti as well. Viva Italia!
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us five burning questions about the 2014 Heritage Classic between the Canucks and the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. First question is the most obvious one, does this really constitute as an outdoor game? BC Place merely has a retractable roof it is not an outdoor stadium, and what if the weather doesn’t want to play nice, then what? But perhaps the biggest question asked by Richard is why the Sens?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges previews th Vancouver Canucks bottom six next year. The patchwork system of Jordan Schroeder, Derek Roy and even Mason Raymond at times is now down to Schroeder, newly signed Brad Richardson and a handful of promising prospects. It wouldn’t be a problem if a fourth line centre spot was all that was up for grabs, but the Canucks knew last year that Schroeder wasn’t the solution on the third line.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about the strange goalie situation in Vancouver after the trade of Cory Schneider to the Devils for the 8th overall pick. Creating a perplexing situation for Roberto Luongo in the past year, he still isn’t back in the fold. After being left for dead with his departure painfully strung out over 12 long months, it’s no small detail to get him to re-commit to the Vancouver Canucks.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the youth movement going on in Van City. He points 2013 NHL Entry draft picks Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk when added to a prospect pool that includes Niklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce, Frank Corrado, and Kellan Lain, not to mention Zack Kassian and Chris Tanev on the big club that things in Van don’t seem so bad. Nice job Mike Gillis.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the first day interview of Canucks new head coach John Tortorella. It was a relatively calm interview for the man who is known to drop f-bombs like it’s going out of style. Torts talked about the mission Mike Gillis has in plan for the Canucks, and the plan for the Sedins to kill some penalties. All in all it makes you wish opening night was here already.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges brings us a situation that has risen in the Vancouver Canucks clubhouse. With AV gone to New York, Gillis must find a suitable replacement for the first time in his tenure in Vancouver. Will John Tortorella or John Stevens be the next coach of the Canucks or will it be a darkhorse candidate? If Mike Gillis can’t reverse course, this stink is on him.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges today brings us an open email to former Nucks head coach Alain Vigneault. He points out AV is the winningest coach in Canucks history, bringing home the division banners, Presidents’ Trophies, and of course 2011. He says AV set the bar high and the only way to clear it is with a Stanley Cup. He was fun to watch, not fun to watch and he’ll be missed. Happy Trails AV.
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 in Game 3 of Round 1. He says that, on the positive side, that the series isn’t as bad as it looks, the weather is great, and the Canucks will move on. However, he does address the fact that the Canucks are once again failing to get anything going, lacking a dominant goalkeeper, and just struggling in the playoffs.
Richard Hodges previews the San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks May 3rd matchup. Richard says the goaltending saga continues as Roberto Luongo starts again and is preparing like he’ll start them all. There’s still no word on Cory Schneider’s condition in the most bizarre twist of this year-long soap opera. The Canucks meanwhile will load up Derek Roy and Ryan Kesler on the second line with Chris Higgins in an attempt to find some scoring punch.
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 in Game 1 of Round 1. He asks Is it puck luck that demands the Canucks need be perfect to score but opponents can score with any half chance? Multiple times in this game Daniel Sedin had a perfect opportunity to shoot the puck and either hesitated or passed off. Roberto Luongo was not the problem.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges takes a look at the form of the Vancouver Canucks as they head into their first round matchup with the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks have just as good a chance as every other team says Richard, but they will need the lucky bounces to go in their favor. A Cup run is unlikely, Richard thinks, but playoff hockey brings the unexpected right to our living rooms.