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Looking Back on the 2014 Vancouver Canucks NHL Draft

Jake Virtanen picked up at #6 overall by the Canucks in the 2014 NHL entry draft.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger J. Dylan Burke weighs in on the 2014 NHL draft weekend for the Canucks. Despite all the changes made in the front office and behind the bench, Ryan Kesler was not satisfied with the Vancouver Canucks’ path. He still wanted out. It seemed like the 2014 Canucks picks reflected this move. Hello Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann.

Willie Desjardins Becomes Canucks head coach

Willie Desjardins

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Andrew Deutschmann recaps the rumor that Willie Desjardins could become the new head coach of the Nucks. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the team could introduce him as the new lead man next week. Deutschmann explains why this looks like a great hire for Trevor Linden and Jim Benning.

Why the Canucks Should Have Kept David Booth

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Dylan Burke weighs in on the news this week out of Van City regarding much maligned winger David Booth. By using their final compliance buyout on David Booth, the Canucks will save $4.25M against this year’s salary cap and little over $1M in actual money. Hardly pocket change, but I can’t imagine that breaks the bank – all things being relative, of course.

Names to Watch in the 2014 Canucks Coaching Search

Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

NWSB insider & blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at some of the available coaches for the Canucks vacancy, and provides a list of the three most likely candidates as of this moment. There’s familiarity abound in this list, which includes, of all people, Marc Crawford.

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.

Eerie similarities between the Canucks and the LA Lakers

Vancouver Canucks Los Angeles Lakers

NWSB Insider Steve Lee takes a look at two franchises that are not living up to expectations: the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are in shambles after a move that was supposed to see Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard leading the way, while the ‘Nucks are in rebuilding mode after trading Robert Luongo.

Over The Last 10 – My Canucks 3 Stars

Can David Booth make it three-straight games with a goal tonight in Dallas?

First things first…. Good bye Roberto Luongo… Over the last 10 games (excuse me for being a game late and a dollar short), the Vancouver Canucks found themselves to be 2-7-1 (if you want to be picky we can throw in another L from Sunday afternoon and bring that middle column to a nice round […]

Gameday Skate: Canucks host Wild as trade deadline looms

Chris Tanev makes his return to the lineup tonight at Rogers Arena.

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. Eddie Lack will receive his second consecutive start tonight after a solid performance Wednesday in a 1-0 win over the Blues. After a mediocre start to the season the Minnesota Wild have been making hay in 2014, putting together a 12-4-2 record since the calendar flip. Chris Tanev is expected to return to the lineup.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Blues as teams begin playoff push

Vancouver needs to turn it around next game. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. After backing in to the Olympic break the Vancouver Canucks must begin to turn their season around tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Kesler is expected to miss tonight’s game, while Kevin Bieksa (bruised foot) and Henrik Sedin (ribs) are game time decisions.

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.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Oilers in second of back-to-backs

Van City did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the second of back-to-back games for both teams tonight at Rogers Arena. Dale Weise and David Booth are both expected to sit out of tonight’s game. Roberto Luongo will start against the Oilers for the fourth time this season after earning the win last night against the Coyotes.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Coyotes in Pacific Division showdown

Alex Edler was suspended for a hit yesterday. (Christian Peterson/Vancouver Sun)

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Phoenix Coyotes in a pivotal Pacific Division battle tonight at Rogers Arena. It is no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have struggled on the power play this season, but in the middle of a team-wide scoring slump the Canucks need to make the most of their opportunities 5-on-4.

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