Gameday skate: Canucks face Flyers as teams approach midway point

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who host the Philadelphia Flyers in their second and final meeting of the season tonight at Rogers Arena. Look for Eddie Lack to continue to prove himself in Roberto Luongo’s absence tonight against the Flyers.

Five Canucks Christmas present wishes

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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.

The Canucks after 20 games: Part 1 “The good!”

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down the Canucks after the 20 game mark in the 2013/14 season. The bad? But with injuries to Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen, Jordan Schroeder, Dale Weise, David Booth and Jordan Schroeder again, the Canucks have already lost 54 man-games due to injury. The good? Mike Santorelli. Yes Vancouver media. We know he’s from Vancouver…you never let us forget it.

David Booth headed to Utica

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

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down why David Booth is headed to the AHL to play for the Utica Comets. The Canucks made Booth a healthy scratch Oct. 22 against the New York Islanders. Canucks coach John Tortorella told the media that he felt like Booth wasn’t doing enough to play. In his absence, we’ve seen Darren Archibald, Andrew Alberts, Yanick Weber and Jeremy Welsh play; even Pascal Pelletier managed to get a game in with the Canucks.

Gameday skate: Canucks visit Blues to end their roadie

The series is all but over, Canuck fans. (AP/The Province)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Friday’s five things to look out for in the Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues matchup. The Nucks make the final stop of a seven-game road trip tonight, taking on a Blues team that has been waiting an entire week for the Canucks to come to town. The Canucks are 4-1-1 on the trip so far and would likely be pleased with any points tonight in St. Louis. Eddie Lack will be in net.

David Booth a healthy scratch. Insert…Andrew Alberts?

Booth had a completely clean sheet against the Stars

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck is back today to tell us just what the Nucks are doing with their frustrating to watch winger — the hunter David Booth. It’s a good thing hockey isn’t his passion, or else David Booth might be upset that he had to sit in the press box in Uniondale two nights ago. Mitch points out It might not be easy to move Booth without retaining some of his contract; even if the Canucks do retain a portion of it, there is no guarantee they can move him.

Gameday skate: Canucks visit Devils for early season rematch vs. Schneider

Cory Schneider, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Thursday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play vs. the New Jersey Devils. The Canucks will face a familiar foe in Cory Schneider again tonight as they visit the New Jersey Devils for an early season rematch. Alex Burrows participated in a full skate with the Canucks today and could make his return to the lineup tonight against his old teammate. David Booth is expected to start tonight’s game.

Gameday Skate: Things to watch for in Canucks season opener vs. Sharks

Garrison has been solid for the Canucks so far this season.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today the Vancouver Canucks open the 2013-14 season tonight against the San Jose Sharks, the same club that ended last year’s quest for the Cup. Kev says we all know that Roberto Luongo takes a while to get into the groove to start an NHL season, but could Vancouver’s undisputed #1 say goodbye and good riddance to bad luck to begin 2013?

Hey Vancouver! Are you ready for some hockey?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with with things to love and some things to hate about the 2013 preseason for the Canucks. He points out Brendan Gaunce had a decent camp that hints he may well be ready in a year or two to don the Orca full-time. He goes on to say we can’t say the same for Nicklas Jensen’s camp. Roberto Luongo’s performance last Saturday in Edmonton not good. Last night vs. NYR however was great.

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 […]

It doesn’t make sense for Frank Corrado to begin the year in Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges discusses whether Frank Corrado should start the 2013-14 NHL season in Utica or in the big league. After being one of the final cuts at the World Junior camp last year, Corrado played three games for the Chicago Wolves after his junior season was over before making the jump to Vancouver and playing in three regular season games and four playoff games.

Vancouver Canucks secure Tanev and Alberts today

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time with a piece about the two Nucks signings today. Andrew Alberts and Chris Tanev. This deal tells Alex a couple things: neither side wanted to or could figure out a long term deal in terms of fair price at this point in time, so they went with a one year reasonable $1.5m so neither would be locked in to a multi-year deal they didn’t like.