Names to Watch in the 2014 Canucks Coaching Search

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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.

Ryan Kesler: Wingman or Centre?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the 2013 Canucks and what John Tortorella should do with Winger, no center Ryan Kesler. The big issue is that putting Kesler on the wing takes away one of the Canucks better face off men and likely the team’s most defensively responsible forward. Here are a few pros and cons for #17 lining up on the wing. For as good as Kesler is defensively, he’s got great offensive sense too.

Shot blocking and all it can do for the 2013 Canucks

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Vancouver Canucks insider and blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the early progress the Canucks are making, as they adjust to a new system and the physical commitment required from it. Blocked shots are looked at in depth, as statistics from this season and last are used to find out where the Canucks are at this season. With John Tortorella, shot blocking has been a hot topic of conversation in Van City. EH? Alex Burrows & Roberto Luongo.

Statement game: Schneider and Luongo set to explode

How long until one of these talented goaltenders is out of the picture?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his analysis on the big Canucks game tonight between the Devils and Van City. Welcome back to town Cory Schneider. Also, welcome to town Jaromir Jagr. For years, Cory Schneider was an incredibly patient solider for the Vancouver Canucks. Tonight on the ice at Rogers arena he’ll face off against his friend Roberto Luongo.

Stars of the weekend: Canucks dominate Alberta teams (again)

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with his 5 players & reasons the Canucks swept the Flames & Oilers over the weekend. Ryan Stanton has done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid against Calgary & Edmonton. Jason Garrison. He’s done everything the Canucks have asked of him and was rock solid. John Tortorella’s coaching tactics. He got his first win. He’s off to a nice start.

Predictions for an unpredictable 2013 Canucks season

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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…

The five players that (probably) will give John Tortorella fits

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Check Torts’ blood pressure Errant cell phone press conference calls aside, John Tortorella has managed to maintain his temper so far in Vancouver. But I think we all know it’s only a matter of time before he goes off (I’m thinking sometime on the seven game road trip in the middle of October). Torts hasn’t even […]

Which Canucks will exceed expectations in 2013?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Travis Erbacher gives us a look at which players will step up in 2013. Despite this year’s team being a bit of a mystery under John Tortorella, look out for Jordan Schroeder, Brad Richardson, Nicklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce and Zack Kassian to make a name for themselves.

Five 2013-14 survival tips for Roberto Luongo

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down how Roberto Luongo can stay happy entering the 2013-14 season. Everyone’s favourite backup goalie chatted with TSN’s James Duthie about his future. He made it clear he’s not thrilled to be back in Vancouver, but forgetting about his contracts (as well as social media) should help clear his mind. Also, working on shootouts and side-to-side movements will help. If he can get rid of the no-trade clause, that will help, too.

Why keeping David Booth might actually work out for Van City

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ Blogger J.D. Burke talks about David Booth and why the move by Mike Gillis — largely considered his last — could eventually work out for the Canucks. In his first two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Booth has struggled mightily to stay on the ice and has done his absolute best to annoy the fan-base off it. Could things change in the near future?

Will Vancouver’s Edler and Tortorella make ‘swede’ music?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka is back with a piece about the influence John Tortorella should have on Alex Edler. Throughout his career in Tampa, New York and now hopefully here in Vancouver, Torts has had the ability to get more offense out of his defensemen. Alex Edler is no spring chicken, but hopefully he’s still young enough to learn some new tricks from his new bench boss.

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