Why the Canucks Should Have Kept David Booth

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

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Dylan Burke weighs in on the news this week out of Van City regarding much maligned winger David Booth. By using their final compliance buyout on David Booth, the Canucks will save $4.25M against this year’s salary cap and little over $1M in actual money. Hardly pocket change, but I can’t imagine that breaks the bank – all things being relative, of course.

Gameday skate: Canucks searching for 3 straight W’s

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They going for three in a row tonight against the Nashville Predators after putting together a pair of wins against both Alberta teams earlier this week. Brad Richardson is expected to play in tonight’s game after missing yesterday’s practice resting a leg injury. Jordan Schroeder took Richardson’s spot on the third line during practice on Wednesday alongside David Booth and Zack Kassian.

Canucks blame game: Yotes win 3-2 in the post-game skills contest

Coyotes vs. Canucks

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.

Gameday Skate: Things to watch for in Canadiens vs. Canucks matchup on HNIC

Canadiens vs. Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks will look to get back into the win column tonight against Montreal Canadiens as they continue their early season road swing tonight on Hockey Night In Canada. Mike Santorelli has been one of the Canucks’ most consistent players to start the season, and has been rewarded with a starting spot alongside Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin tonight

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?

Richardson, Santorelli and the Canucks’ lack of depth down the middle

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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?

Canucks make final 2013 opening night roster cuts

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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.

Hey Vancouver! Are you ready for some hockey?

AV & Rangers

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.

Make or break year for the Canucks Jordan Schroeder

2013-14 will be a make-or-break year for Jordan Schroeder.

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?

Who will play on the Canucks third line?

Booth had a completely clean sheet against the Stars

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Travis Erbacher gives us a look at which players could be rolled out by Torts as third-liners in the 2013/14 NHL season. Travis brings you predictions for his scoring line, safe line and “beat-em-up line. You will have to read the piece to see if you either agree, or disagree with these choices.

Which Canucks will exceed expectations in 2013?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Travis Erbacher gives us a look at which players will step up in 2013. Despite this year’s team being a bit of a mystery under John Tortorella, look out for Jordan Schroeder, Brad Richardson, Nicklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce and Zack Kassian to make a name for themselves.

Let’s start the season in Vancouver already

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges gives you his own thoughts on the typical offseasons of fans of the Canucks and how they are usually spent looking back at what could’ve been while feeling disgruntled about the management at the same time. If Richard had any message for those fans who continue to wallow, it would be to stop, get outside, get some fresh air, and realize that the season isn’t that far away at all.

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