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.
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.
NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks visiting the Edmonton Oilers looking to turn the page on a ridiculous hockey game Saturday night against the Flames. Daniel Sedin will have to learn to play without his favourite set up man tonight with Henrik Sedin officially ruled out of tonight’s game. While John Tortorella experienced small episodes of success splitting up the Sedins earlier this season tonight begins Henrik’s first absence due to injury in several years.
Once again Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells us the Canucks already received three pretty great gifts this year. Here is the official 2013 Canucks Christmas Gift List. A lollipop for coach Torts for being such a respectful fella with the media to date. More of the type of deal-with-the-devil contracts that David Booth must have signed in order for him to return to the ranks of productive players.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Nashville Predators matchup. The Canucks are in Nashville looking to close out their four-game road trip with a win over the Predators after splitting a pair of afternoon games over the weekend. After an exciting start to the season Jason Garrison has settled in as one of Vancouver’s best offensive defenceman. Roberto Luongo will be back in net tonight.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down the Canucks after the 20 game mark in the 2013/14 season. The indifferent? Zack Kassian has been frustrating to watch all season. Flashes of brilliance coupled with prolonged periods of looking lost and like nothing more than a fourth liner. How much longer is Alex Burrows going to need to shake off the rust? $4.5 million dollars is a lot of money for a good work ethic and solid effort.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the LA Kings Monday night. The Canucks closed out their six-game home stand with one of their best games of the stretch but failed to take two points away from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Jason Garrison saw some time on the team’s top unit but needs to be used more effectively moving forward.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben calls out Dan Hamhuis, Zach Kassian, and Alex Burrows. As Ben put it, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were noticeable the entire game and had genuine scoring chances. Watching a guy like Duncan Keith play last night is proof of just how far away Hamhuis is from wearing the red and white.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Dallas Stars win over the Canucks on Sunday night. Ben calls out Coach Tortorella. The Sedins (Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin) and Ryan Kesler have dried up and there is literally no one there to pick up the slack. It’s not like a guy like Jeremy Welsh even got a chance…Alex Burrows has no goals in 10 games and a guy making $4.5 million. Chris Higgins is working out there but he’s just not producing.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in this AM with some possible Canucks trade acquisitions. The biggest problem facing the Canucks this season is the same issue that has shown up the last two years in the playoffs – not enough goals. He targets Wayne Simmonds, Steve Ott, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, and Marcel Goc. Assets to leave could be David Booth, Chris Tanev, Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh and Dale Weise.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Ryan Kesler, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Chris Higgins make the list. Over the last ten games the Vancouver Canucks have found themselves battling to climb the Western Conference ladder.