Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. Chris Higgins’ return to the lineup on Wednesday woke up the Canucks. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin square off against #1 most easily intimidated player Phil Kessel in a battle of the bully victims Saturday at Rogers Arena. Toronto native Chris Tanev will play Saturday night.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer Josh Hall gives the win to Vancouver but it won’t come easy because these Toronto Maple Leafs have crunchulence. How will Chris Tanev assist the Canucks on D? Will it be Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul showing up for the Leafs? Or will it be Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin who bust the slump for Vancouver. Look for Roberto Luongo to get the start as well.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges goes in depth on relative Canucks newcomer Byron Bitz. He’s probably not going to win the Conn Smythe (probably, you never know), but Bitz is a very nice piece indeed to add to the team free of charge and possesses a lot of traits the Canucks may have been looking for at the deadline.
Richard Hodges puts future Vancouver Canucks hopeful defenseman Kevin Cannauton under the spotlight. In 2012 Connauton has shown signs of taking his game to the next level under the watchful eye of Craig MacTavish, an AHL coach with a luxury of NHL experience. It appears Kevin is a kid with that raw skill set, and a highly intelligent and determined player.
Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. The Canucks recently announced a partnership with The Fan Zoo, a Vancouver-based sports memorabilia company. With former teammate Rick Rypien in mind close friend Kevin Bieksa was particularly involved in the creation of Mindcheck.ca. Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler and Cody Hodgson are at the All star game.
Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks matchup preview. Tuesday 7:00 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Even the Canucks should be able to handle the lowly Oilers in this matchup. Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler and Cody Hodgson will need to make a difference in this one. With 13 goals, CoHo is tied for 3rd in team goal scoring with Kesler and Jannik Hansen.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Saturday over the San Jose Sharks. Keith Ballard apparently fancies himself a fighter, Ryan Kesler is being labelled as a NON-passer. It isn’t helping the powerplay that Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin have all but disappeared too as of late. Cody Hodgson is on FIRE.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out with the transaction this week to bring Chris Tanev back to the big club from the Chicago Wolves, this isn’t a panic call-up by the Canucks but rather a testament to their depth that they can afford to keep such a fine prospect in the minors and save him for when they really need him. Alain Vigneault called him an emotional flat-liner.
Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. Roberto Luongo is clearly capable of stealing points for his team here and there. David Booth returned to action Sunday against Anaheim but did little to inspire his team in a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Ducks. Sami Salo is progressing steadily under the NHL’s concussion protocol. Chris Tanev got called up this week.
Richard Hodges weighs in with an update on the Vancouver Canucks farm team in the AHL the Chicago Wolves. Canucks hired ex-Oilers coach Craig Mactavish to guide the prospects, we update you on Eddie Lack, Chris Tanev, Bill Sweatt, Mike Duco and more. The bubble boys, the two-ways, the guys fighting for their cup of coffee in the NHL.
NWSportsbeat Senior Editor Quincy Smith points out Cody Hodgson and Chris Tanev are both ready for breakout seasons for the Vancouver Canucks in 2011-2012. They play two totally different positions, had two very different paths to the big leagues, but Hodgson and Tanev are both ready to be major contributors to the Canucks this season.