Mike Gillis’ best moves five years into his tenure

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the top five moves that Canucks GM Mike Gillis has made during his tenure in Van City. If you remember, Gillis was originally an agent who had the like of Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure under his thumb. So he was no stranger around these parts to begin with. But our Alex takes a closer look at some of the moves like Chris Tanev, Max Lapierre, Jordan Schroeder, and Nicklas Jensen, etc.

Is Dan Hamhuis going to make Team Canada?

Dan Hamhuis Canada

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.

Hey Vancouver Canucks fans…it’s time to believe in Torts!

John Tortorella

NWSB Canucks contributor Josh Hall is as optimistic as ever and at the same time cautious about the potential for new Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella. What effect will he have on the likes of Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin & Henrik Sedin? Does his presence effect the decision to move either Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider? These are all things Canucks will have to be patient for but the new era of Torts has dawned and fans need to practice as they preach and believe.

Trying to find positives from the Canucks’ 2013 season

Schneider was impressive for the Canucks this year (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI/Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger gives you his five positives from the Vancouver Canucks’ 2013-2014 season. Though it culminated with yet another disappointing first round exit that was all the more embarrassing this year, there was some impressive play throughout the season from a few key players. Corey Schneider played well in his first year as a starter, Tanev and Corrado really shaped up, and this may be the final season for Alain Vigneault.

Execution the key as Kesler and the Canucks attempt to rally in G2

Detroit Red Wings v Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to tell the fans about the lineup changes for the Vancouver Canucks tonight in game 2 versus the Sharks. Ryan Kesler is expected to slide across to the wing tonight after struggling on the draw Wednesday, playing alongside Chris Higgins and Derek Roy on Vancouver’s second line. “I expect more out of myself tonight,” Kesler told the media Friday morning.

The real 2012-13 NWSB Canucks Year-end awards

Burrows + Sedin

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Josh Hall breaks down the REAL Van City end of season award winners. His way. There’s probably no disagreeing that the Canucks team awards are a lot nazzyer, or snazzier, than the trophies Juno winners get. However, it’s almost certain the fan choices for these awards differ from one section of Rogers Arena to the next he says. Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen, Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin, Cory Schneider take a bow.

ICYMI…Possible Canucks first round opponent, the Blues?

Vancouver and St Louis engaged in an all-out bloodbath

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 St. Louis Blues. Richard points out Cory Schneider got the start on the second half of back to back nights. Roberto Luongo was the surprise starter on Monday. This was a playoff game, and by rights it should have been settled in 5-on-5 overtime. Quick fact. The Canucks need Derek Roy to anchor a third line.

ICYMI…Lu gets a turn, Canucks put out the Flames

Zack Kassian

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Calgary Flames. Richard points out Roberto Luongo was the surprise starter thanks to Cory Schneider’s flu, and his first game in a long while was pretty damn good. He also asks if Zack Kassian can flip the switch by the end of the month? The playoffs are right around the corner. He’ll be needed.

ICYMI…Fifth shutout for Schneider, Canucks defeat Coyotes

Kesler goal

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Richard points out where once a tag team of Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond centred the second line and Jordan Schroeder tried to tread water on the third, the Canucks now boast perhaps their most impressive centre depth in the Mike Gillis era. Enter Derek Roy.

ICYMI…Canucks get blown out, check that, lose close game to Sharks

Nucks Sharks Widescreen

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s tough loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Richard points out Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin collectively this season, are slumping. When’s the last time they’ve scored a goal that grabbed you from your seat? The only thing worse than the league’s worst powerplay is not having any chances at all for the second time in three games.

Canucks Gameday: What the Canucks need to do to beat the Blue Jackets

Mason Raymond

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Blue Jackets vs. Canucks game Tuesday night. Getting on Sergei Bobrovsky early and scoring a goal or two in the first period is key to winning this game for Van City tonight. Secondary scoring is huge as well. You can’t rely solely on Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin to carry the team through everything. Jannik Hansen step up!

Canucks Gameday: What the Canucks need to do to beat the Wild

Wild vs. Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines he’s watching for and delivers his winning gameday tips for the Wild vs. Canucks game Monday night. The Canucks just need to score a lot and often tonight and from here on out! The season is more than half done and the Canucks are dangerously close to being on the outside looking in. Roberto Luongo will start. YES. Even on Cory Schneider’s birthday.

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