2013 Fantasy hockey radar: Vancouver Canucks edition

Zack Kassian should be fresh in his first regular season action tonight against the Habs.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger is here to fill that void that has been empty for months: fantasy. You don’t even have to look outside of the Canucks roster to draft, either! Between Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler or Roberto Luongo, you can’t go wrong. Happy drafting and may the hockey gods favor you Vancouver Canucks fans. Remember, if in doubt grab Pavel Bure.

Mike Gillis’ best moves five years into his tenure

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the top five moves that Canucks GM Mike Gillis has made during his tenure in Van City. If you remember, Gillis was originally an agent who had the like of Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure under his thumb. So he was no stranger around these parts to begin with. But our Alex takes a closer look at some of the moves like Chris Tanev, Max Lapierre, Jordan Schroeder, and Nicklas Jensen, etc.

What can we take away from the Luongo interview with TSN?

Roberto Luongo finally speaks out - Photo: Jeff Vinnick

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the recent two-part candid interview goaltender Roberto Luongo had with TSN host James Duthie. Luongo goes into detail about the feelings of a divorce between him and the team that signed him to the 12-year, $64-million contract and how he was prepared to move on into the next chapter of his career. There’s a strong possibility this season is his last as a Canuck.

Finding a Fit: Remaining Free Agents and the Canucks

Off season possibilities for the Canucks - Photo: National Post

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at which free agent forwards may be a good fit for the Canucks. With names such as Mikhail Grabovski, Damien Brunner, Brendan Morrow and Brad Boyes available, there are definitely some intriguing options out there. Adding any of these pieces could prove to be valuable, or could also just as easily flop.

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.

What are the keys to having a successful 2013-14 season?

No more sitting on the bench for this talented goaltender.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time with a piece about the keys to success for the Canucks in the 2013/14 season. This offseason is sure full of uncertainties for the Canucks and their fans. A new coach, the wrong goalie traded, and now a game outdoors? Is this too much for the team to take? Alex says if they stick to his points of interest they will come away looking like a damn good hockey club.

The $93 Question – Will Canucks fans show up at BC Place?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka is here to plead with the fans of Vancouver. Stay at home when the Heritage Classic roles into BC Place stadium. $93 dollars for poor seating, cold weather and the Ottawa Senators? No thanks says Ben. Here’s a list of what else you can spend your $93 dollars on. Force them to slash prices in the weeks heading into the game and maybe families can see Henrik Sedin or Dale Weise.

Who are the next frontline forwards for the Canucks?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee poses a good question involving the future of the Canucks – who will be the next frontline forwards in Vancouver? The Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin are entering the later stages of their career and the team has Bo Horvat, Nicklas Jensen, Zack Kassian, Hunter Shinkaruk and Jordan Schroeder and others waiting for their chance to crack the first line.

Where do we go from here? Possible directions for the Canucks

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NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in on the future of the Vancouver Canucks. With three alternate endings straight out of a choose your own ending book, Travis gives us what could possibly happen in the very near future here in Van City. A what happens if look at the upcoming season, and the potential free agents around the league. Also what to expect from Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin?

Will Vancouver’s Edler and Tortorella make ‘swede’ music?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka is back with a piece about the influence John Tortorella should have on Alex Edler. Throughout his career in Tampa, New York and now hopefully here in Vancouver, Torts has had the ability to get more offense out of his defensemen. Alex Edler is no spring chicken, but hopefully he’s still young enough to learn some new tricks from his new bench boss.

Warning signs: Agent turnover for Canucks Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo will need to solid again on Saturday opposite a powerful Penguins team.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Alex McPhee details the relationship between player and agent, and what that means for the players employer. Roberto Luongo has axed the man who gave him the worst contract in the history of sports for what? An easy exit from Vancouver? Who knows at this point, but if he shows up for training, it will be a good sign. Maybe GM Mike Gillis and Luongo were all laughs for a reason?

A tale of two coaches: Looking at John Tortorella

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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?

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