Looking Back on the 2014 Vancouver Canucks NHL Draft

Jake Virtanen picked up at #6 overall by the Canucks in the 2014 NHL entry draft.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger J. Dylan Burke weighs in on the 2014 NHL draft weekend for the Canucks. Despite all the changes made in the front office and behind the bench, Ryan Kesler was not satisfied with the Vancouver Canucks’ path. He still wanted out. It seemed like the 2014 Canucks picks reflected this move. Hello Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann.

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 host Wild as trade deadline looms

Chris Tanev makes his return to the lineup tonight at Rogers Arena.

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. Eddie Lack will receive his second consecutive start tonight after a solid performance Wednesday in a 1-0 win over the Blues. After a mediocre start to the season the Minnesota Wild have been making hay in 2014, putting together a 12-4-2 record since the calendar flip. Chris Tanev is expected to return to the lineup.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Blues as teams begin playoff push

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

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. After backing in to the Olympic break the Vancouver Canucks must begin to turn their season around tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Kesler is expected to miss tonight’s game, while Kevin Bieksa (bruised foot) and Henrik Sedin (ribs) are game time decisions.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Oilers in second of back-to-backs

Van City did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the second of back-to-back games for both teams tonight at Rogers Arena. Dale Weise and David Booth are both expected to sit out of tonight’s game. Roberto Luongo will start against the Oilers for the fourth time this season after earning the win last night against the Coyotes.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Coyotes in Pacific Division showdown

Alex Edler was suspended for a hit yesterday. (Christian Peterson/Vancouver Sun)

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Phoenix Coyotes in a pivotal Pacific Division battle tonight at Rogers Arena. It is no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have struggled on the power play this season, but in the middle of a team-wide scoring slump the Canucks need to make the most of their opportunities 5-on-4.

Over the last 10… *My* Canucks 3 stars

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Robert Luongo, Eddie Lack and Daniel Sedin earned recognition last time out. This time its Kellen Lain, the Canucks fans, and Ryan Kesler. If the Canucks are truly trying to be a playoff contender, Kes is going to show up on a nightly basis.

Canucks to Sign Vinny Prospal to a PTO

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the news that the Vancouver Canucks have signed Vinny Prospal to a PTO. The 16 year veteran is due to play with the Utica Comets at first, but could eventually join the Canucks later on. In Prospal’s last season with Columbus, he tallied 12 goals and 18 assists, for a total of 30 points.

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.

The Canucks have interest in Ryan O’Reilly?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the rumours surrounding the Vancouver Canucks interest in Ryan O’Reilly, and whether they can acquire him or not. The bidding war, contract, and viability of such a move are all looked at in-depth. The package would likely include one of the Canucks young prospects, like Gaunce or Nicklas Jensen, and maybe even a mid-round draft pick.

Kassian, Luongo frustrate the Oilers in Edmonton

Van City did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night. The Canucks strolled into Edmonton, got excellent goaltending from Roberto Luongo and did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1. Edmonton’s only goal was a pretty questionable one, as Sam Gagner was basically shoved into Luongo. Nice win team. More please.

Gameday skate: Canucks visit Oilers in first game without Torts

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks visiting the Edmonton Oilers looking to turn the page on a ridiculous hockey game Saturday night against the Flames. Daniel Sedin will have to learn to play without his favourite set up man tonight with Henrik Sedin officially ruled out of tonight’s game. While John Tortorella experienced small episodes of success splitting up the Sedins earlier this season tonight begins Henrik’s first absence due to injury in several years.