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.
Ben Lypka our Vancouver Canucks insider and NWSB Blogger weighs in today with an opinion piece on the Canucks 2013 Stanley Cup fortunes. He says just wait till next year! I’d say the writing was on the wall when Vancouver refused to keep any of their young talent even for a seven game test drive at the start of the season. One of Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk or even Brendan Gaunce should have been given at least a short look. Next year is promising.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Phoenix Coyotes win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Chris Tanev. He needs to make up his mind about blocking shots. The Coyotes first goal was entirely on him and he’s been screening Roberto Luongo. Is it just Ben or has Ryan Stanton been the best story for the Canucks so far this year? No more Sedins on the penalty shot please! Hell put Zac Dalpe in there.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee is back today to weigh in on HIS 5 worst Canucks trades of all time in another post in our Moments In Time series. Cam Neely and a 1st round pick to Boston for Barry Pederson. Cory Schneider to New Jersey for the 9th pick in the 2013 draft. Trevor Linden to the NY Islanders for Bryan McCabe, Todd Bertuzzi and a 3rd round draft pick.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today heading into a fresh 82-game season the Vancouver Canucks once again face high expectations. After a brutal end to a lockout-shortened season the team was forced to take a step back to re-evaluate during the summer, and forward depth was one of the many concerns for General Manager Mike Gillis. What will Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh, Brad Richardson and Mike Santorelli bring to the table in 2013?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to tell us the Vancouver Canucks have made another round of cuts following last night’s final pre-season game against the New York Rangers. Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk are in. Both Horvat and Shinkaruk can play up to nine regular season games with the Canucks before the team will have to decide whether they are sent back down to junior or remain with the team for the season.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka details why the 2013-14 NHL season is a mak-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder. With Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler taking up the top two centre positions, the logical place to slot Schroeder in is as a third line centre, but even that seems a little up in the air. To top it all off, Schroeder is coming off of shoulder surgery. This year is basically Schroeder’s last chance…right?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher brings us a good read about Mike Gillis and the art of the press conference. His brashness and honest ways have earned him notoriety en route to highlighting his biggest failure so far: the Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider situation. The place where Mike Gillis really fell apart will always take people back to this debacle.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger JD Burke takes a look at the reasons the Nucks hired new coach John Tortorella. Torts, whose style is somewhat of an unknown to this point may or may not work out in Vancouver. His first head coaching gig in Tampa Bay went famously, and culminated in the franchise winning it’s only Stanley Cup. More recently he worked wonders with the New York Rangers prospects. Nicklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce should be all smiles.