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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.

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.

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.

Five UFA’s the Canucks could squeeze in for 2013

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down five UFAs that the Vancouver Canucks may be targeting this offseason. With names such as David Steckel, Steve Sullivan, Hal Gill, Akim Aliu and Colton Teubert on the list, the Canucks have options. The market has a mixture of veteran presence and moldable, youthful talent available, and these five options all would fit well.

Early Projections for Vancouver Canucks; 2013 Defense

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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?

Three potential moves worth making for the Canucks

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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.

New era? Or just a new wave of Vancouver Canucks?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the youth movement going on in Van City. He points 2013 NHL Entry draft picks Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk when added to a prospect pool that includes Niklas Jensen, Brendan Gaunce, Frank Corrado, and Kellan Lain, not to mention Zack Kassian and Chris Tanev on the big club that things in Van don’t seem so bad. Nice job Mike Gillis.

Trying to find positives from the Canucks’ 2013 season

Schneider was impressive for the Canucks this year (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI/Vancouver Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger gives you his five positives from the Vancouver Canucks’ 2013-2014 season. Though it culminated with yet another disappointing first round exit that was all the more embarrassing this year, there was some impressive play throughout the season from a few key players. Corey Schneider played well in his first year as a starter, Tanev and Corrado really shaped up, and this may be the final season for Alain Vigneault.

San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 2 notes, prediction & tweets!

Blues vs. Canucks

Richard Hodges previews the San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks May 3rd matchup. Richard says the goaltending saga continues as Roberto Luongo starts again and is preparing like he’ll start them all. There’s still no word on Cory Schneider’s condition in the most bizarre twist of this year-long soap opera. The Canucks meanwhile will load up Derek Roy and Ryan Kesler on the second line with Chris Higgins in an attempt to find some scoring punch.

Healthy blue line, effective forward corps key for Canucks

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to ask could the Canucks surprise the Western Conference and make another lengthy run towards the Stanley Cup? If so, the reigning Northwest Division Champions may need a few favours from the Hockey Gods this time around. Youngster Frank Corrado will need to learn playoff hockey on the fly after playing well in his first three games at the NHL level.

End of season Canucks 2013 overachievers and underachievers

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac weighs in on the overachievers and underachievers in Van City for the end of the 2012/13 regular season. Jason Garrison was on the underachiever side of this list at the quarter season mark, but he made a superb turnaround. Alex Edler is the single most disappointing player that the Canucks have had to endure this season. David Booth could well be the victim of Vancouver’s buyout amnesty.