Mining for cups – Pay dirt or fool’s gold?

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

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in on the concept of the NHL being a copycat league. The difference between a good and a bad management strategy can be what determins success. To assess the efficacy of the copycat strategy, we need to take a look at past Stanley cup winners. Can Van city build upon a young core like Chicago’s top draft picks Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews?

First impressions! Baptism by fire for the Canucks Frank Corrado

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines from last nights Canucks win over the Chicago Blackhawks. If there was ever a perfect example of baptism by fire, for Frank Corrado his first NHL game would be just that. What happens now is anyone’s guess. Mitch thinks Corrado’s play last night warrants another look in Thursday’s game against the Ducks. Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev take your time.

Canucks on the California swing. Part 2 vs. Sharks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on second game of the California swings vs. the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks will need the likes of Mason Raymond to stay hot tonight, especially if the game takes on a run and gun style. Zack Kassian continues to impress playing along side Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks: That’s More Like It!

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Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Friday night in a shutout over the Anaheim Ducks. A nice win by the boys. Hilarious thoughts tonight. It could have been 6-0? Chris Higgins was invisible again? Or maybe, that Jordan Schroeder guy seems short. We should fix that says Richard. Meanwhile Mason Raymond is having a shockingly productive start.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks prediction and NHL preview

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Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks Jan. 25 matchup. The key notes from Richard tonight. Manny Malhotra is celebrating the birth of a baby boy last night in Vancouver and will miss the game. Andrew Ebbett will replace him and Manny will back for Sunday’s tilt against the Sharks. Henrik Sedin ties Stan Smyl for second all-time on the Canucks’ games played list at 896.

Californication…California Love…Hotel California weekend for the Canucks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news that the VanCity Canucks are on the road for the first time this season. It’s the California swing. Three games in four night. Coming off his first win of the season against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, Cory Schneider will get his first consecutive starts of the season. Manny Malhotra is home with his new child, Andrew Ebbett slots in on the wing on the 4th line.

It’s a lock folks! Justin Schultz will pick the Vancouver Canucks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his ananlysis of the Justin Schultz NHL free agency situation. He’s 21, can’t make more than $925,000 on his entry level contract. The Canucks are simply his best shot to win the cup, all other factors aside. The rumoured favourites for Schultz’s services are the, the Oilers, the Blackhawks, the Rangers, and the Maple Leafs.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Paul Kariya

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Dave B. does another Northwest Athlete profile on one of the most prolific NHL’ers to ever come from these parts, Paul Kariya. Kariya played the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks where he once held all the franchise points records, but his career was cut short due to numerous injuries, namely concussions.

Wayne Gretzky has #99 problems and his daughter is one

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Richard must be eating some wacky froot loops this week because this one is way off the charts and yet the way he brings the hockey related scandals full circle is nothing short of genius. From the Vancouver Canucks wives being swapped…apparently…allegedly…to Paulina G. strutting around Las Vegas or Los Angeles…somewhere that starts with LOS/LAS, this one’s a doozy.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Canucks blog: love ’em & hate ‘em

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Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Tuesday night over the Anaheim Ducks. The Canucks are now tied for first in the league. Meanwhile, Henrik Sedin set up camp near the face-off dot on the powerplay and hung out with the puck for like two hours while he calculated the percentages of every possible play. Pure Sweetness.

Game 80 Ducks vs. Canucks: Home side looking for story book ending

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How big would it be for the Vancouver Canucks to win out and take a nine game winning streak into the playoffs? How do the players go about their game when their best offensive cog is out indefinitely? Are the Anaheim Ducks worth a second look? NWSB Canucks Insider Josh Hall answers these questions in his preview for the 3rd to last game. Maxim Lapierre is doing his best Daniel Sedin impression currently.

The newest Vancouver Canucks: a meet and greet

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us the 2012 NHL trade deadline day was slow to start and then a blockbuster deal that was easily the biggest of the day and sparked reaction not seen in a very long time in Vancouver happened. And Canucks nation was mad at Mike Gillis. If Zack Kassian becomes more Todd Bertuzzi than Taylor Pyatt this deal could be a whole lot easier to swallow.

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