C-Mac asks a tough question; one of many to come this off-season for the Vancouver Canucks. Has Alex Edler reached a tipping point in his career? How much time does he have to turn things around, if any at all? How does he fit into the Canucks D-Core going forward? C-Mac is not talking about landing millions of dollars in an unexpected lottery jackpot, or scoring a date with Sofia Vergara.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer “Q” tells us you didn’t expect Canucks GM Mike Gillis to tell you who they’ve got number 1 on their 2012 NHL draft board did you or will be traded first in the offseason did you? Gillis’ end of year presser was mostly lots of answers to read more into. He wants Coach Alain Vigneault back, Cody Hodgson wanted out, Ryan Kesler is hurt, Cory Schneider gives them a great problem.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks writer Josh Hall chimes in with his off-season analysis. Josh touches on what went wrong and why it went that way; who he would trade and keep if he were Mike Gillis and what is up with Ryan Kesler? Will he return? His character is in question. The Canucks may be out earlier than they would have hoped but Josh says there’s still something to be excited for.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges says It’s do or die time for your Canucks and this is the moment when heroes are born. With this mind, let’s look at five Canucks who need to step it up and leave it all on the ice. Sami Salo, David Booth, Alex Edler, Zack Kassian and Chris Higgins you are in our crosshairs. Don’t let us down. Go Canucks Go.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges has an opinion in his part 1 article earlier today on Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider for Game 4 of the Canucks vs. Kings Western Conference Quarter Finals game. He gave us the pro’s and the con’s. Now we know Schneider will start. Richard points out there are instant ramifications and repercussions now. Read Part 2 now to find out.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks writer C-Mac describes how Zack Kassian is learning on the job for the Vancouver Canucks in 2012, and that even his minor playoff minutes will affect him going forward; hopefully in a positive way. Would the Canucks be better off with Cody Hodgson? Did Mike Gillis make the move in the best interests of the team?
The Vancouver Canucks handed out their annual team awards before facing the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night, but Josh Hall, our Canucks Insider doesn’t seem to agree with any of them. Henrik Sedin didn’t deserve MVP? Wow, bold statement if I do say so myself. He votes to give Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider and Cody Hodgson more love…
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Monday night over the LA Kings. Daniel Sedin was a great piece on the powerplay until he got hurt. Now, the Canucks best offensive weapon has been neutered. (Henrik Sedin) Manny Malhotra’s goal stood up as the winner thanks to Roberto Luongo posting his fourth shutout of the season.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Wednesday night to the Phoenix Coyotes. Enough about the game. Kevin Bieksa was on the Team 1040 yesterday lamenting the lack of noise from the home crowds. I agree. Vancouver fans are brutal. Also, Roberto Luongo, the most consistent Canuck all year, is all of a sudden being blamed. Typical.
Canucks blogger Steve Lee brings us a good piece on the Vancouver Canucks today. Zack Kassian is under the spotlight for the Canucks. Many fans will argue that Cody Hodgson had nowhere to go in the Canucks current lineup as he would be playing behind Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler as a third line centre. Zack Kassian, the thirteenth overall pick in 2009, unfortunately takes over the role of a young fan favorite.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells Canucks nation to put down there emergency response kits and relax. The team has slumped yes, but playing just .500 hockey for the remaining games would most likely still guarantee the second seed in the Western Conference. The cast that reached the final is still largely intact. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows will turn it around.