NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Alex McPhee details the relationships that John Tortorella has had with past players and how that may play out in Vancouver. Its hard to know which coach Vancouver is getting with the hiring of Torts. Will he be the coach who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2004 or the one who didn’t achieve the desired effect on a contending roster for just over four years with the New York Rangers, or otherwise?
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger J.D. Burke weighs in the status of the Canucks defense. J.D. is hoping to get some new pairing out of the d-men this season. Inside is all the information you will need to make your own judgment’s as to who belongs where. With any luck, Tort’s will have himself a read on some fan comments to get a feel for his new team. How will Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison, Chris Tanev, Dan Hamhuis and others do in 2013?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka weighs in with the latest Canucks news, the retirement of Pavel Bure’s #10. So Ben asks the question, of course, should the Canucks really hang the Russian Rocket’s jersey from the rafters at Rogers Arena? If it were up to Ben, the answer is a big fat no. Even with all of the flash and the flare, Pavel Bure left the Canucks in the wind on more than one occasion. That doesn’t sound like team loyalty…
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today with his analysis of the Canucks draft picks and prospects. Bo Horvat, Cole Cassels, Hunter Shinkaruk, Jordan Subban, Anton Celerholm, Mike Williamson, Miles Liberati are introduced to Vancouver hockey fans. Alex points out these Canucks rooks aren’t gunning for top line spots yet, so let’s all just calm down for a minute.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger J.D. Burke weighs in today with the news of the re-signing of David Weise by the Vancouver Canucks. At a whopping $750,000 a year, the Canucks got a bargain size deal on this signing. Sarcasm rules supreme in this piece as J.D. brings the heat on poor David’s skills, but lightens up at the end, just where Weise needs it the most.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka weighs in on the schedule for the 2013/14 Canucks. Key games include. October 8th. The return of Cory Schneider, will he get the start? Jan. 1 vs. Tampa Bay – Sami Salo returns to Vancouver. What type of injury will he suffer? Will the nurses at VGH remember him? March 2 vs. Ottawa in the Heritage Classic. Can’t wait to see Peter Sidorkiewicz and Doug Smail on the Sens alumni team. *Joking*
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us a very sobering question: Do the Canucks actually make the playoffs next year? With the new re-alignment finally taking over the landscape in the NHL, the Canucks have some pretty fierce company in their division. All three California teams are a force to deal with, and then there’s the unknown of Arizona, Calgary and Edmonton. Torts AKA John Tortorella will do his best to make it happen.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us a very important article today. He’s asking the question nobody in Vancouver seems to want to answer. Why are there so many Italians walking into Rogers Arena these days and finding their names on the roster of the Vancouver Canucks? Frank Corrado, Ben Ferriero. Brandon DeFazio. Mike Santorelli. Even the retention of Roberto Luongo. Last year we had Steve Pinizzotto, and Aaron Volpatti as well. Viva Italia!
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today with a the knowledge of an armchair GM. Alex has brought us three potential moves that make sense for the Canucks at this moment in time. Trading Kevin Bieska would be priority number one for Alex. Jordan Schroeder gets the axe next, followed by a buy out of Roberto Luongo following this next season. Click to read all of his reasoning’s now.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today on the offseason deal that sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils, and discusses the ramifications of keeping Roberto Luongo and his contract in Vancouver. Alex points out the Canucks gave up Schneider and his $4m per year for the next 2 seasons and kept a bitter Luongo, who is 33 years old with a cap hit of $5.33m.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us five burning questions about the 2014 Heritage Classic between the Canucks and the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. First question is the most obvious one, does this really constitute as an outdoor game? BC Place merely has a retractable roof it is not an outdoor stadium, and what if the weather doesn’t want to play nice, then what? But perhaps the biggest question asked by Richard is why the Sens?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us Roberto Luongo has yet to make any comment regarding his position with the Canucks next season, will he return to Vancouver to take back the crease? Kev says If Luongo the holdout emerges, the Canucks could enter the 2014 season with a number of question marks in the crease and only Eddie Lack to answer them.