NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us to mark your calendars, the Vancouver Canucks will open their 2013-14 regular season on Thursday, October 3rd against the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks play six pre-season games this year against the Sharks (home and away), Oilers (home and away), Coyotes (home), and Rangers (home). Bonjour, Monsieur Vigneault.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the top five matchups of the 2013-14 NHL season for the team. The San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators all make the cut. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider compete against each other at Rogers Arena. This should be a classic tilt shouldn’t it Nucks fans?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka weighs in on the schedule for the 2013/14 Canucks. Key games include. October 8th. The return of Cory Schneider, will he get the start? Jan. 1 vs. Tampa Bay – Sami Salo returns to Vancouver. What type of injury will he suffer? Will the nurses at VGH remember him? March 2 vs. Ottawa in the Heritage Classic. Can’t wait to see Peter Sidorkiewicz and Doug Smail on the Sens alumni team. *Joking*
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger J.D. Burke weighs in today on the goaltending situation in Vancouver in Part 1 of his offseason roster series. JD points out assuming Roberto Luongo reports to training camp, he will start. This much we know. Behind him though the situation is a lot less clear. Eddie Lack seems like the obvious choice. The other horse in the race, Joacim Eriksson, is a bit of a wildcard.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us for several seasons the Vancouver Canucks have been operated by the same three key personnel. Owner Francesco Aquilini, general manager Mike Gillis, and head coach Alain Vigneault have been working together since Vigneault joined the team in 2007, and the goal has always been the same: to win a Stanley Cup. How will John Tortorella do?
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today on the offseason deal that sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils, and discusses the ramifications of keeping Roberto Luongo and his contract in Vancouver. Alex points out the Canucks gave up Schneider and his $4m per year for the next 2 seasons and kept a bitter Luongo, who is 33 years old with a cap hit of $5.33m.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us Roberto Luongo has yet to make any comment regarding his position with the Canucks next season, will he return to Vancouver to take back the crease? Kev says If Luongo the holdout emerges, the Canucks could enter the 2014 season with a number of question marks in the crease and only Eddie Lack to answer them.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger J.D. Burke weighs in today on the offseason thus far for the Canucks and GM Mike Gillis. He asks Brad Richardson apparently projects as Vancouver’s third line center? Richardson will provide nowhere near the level of offensive production as Derek Roy. He says he should be the fourth line center. As for age, Richardson and Maxim Lapierre are both 28, so much for getting younger he says. Gillis reset time.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in today on the rocky relationship between Canucks nation and GM Mike Gillis. He says in order to salvage the relationship with Roberto Luongo, Gillis needs to tell the truth. Admit that you bungled the situation and you just might earn the respect of Roberto Luongo and even your most strident critic. Stay tuned for more relationship advice with (Fake) Dr. Travis B. Erbacher.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about the strange goalie situation in Vancouver after the trade of Cory Schneider to the Devils for the 8th overall pick. Creating a perplexing situation for Roberto Luongo in the past year, he still isn’t back in the fold. After being left for dead with his departure painfully strung out over 12 long months, it’s no small detail to get him to re-commit to the Vancouver Canucks.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Andrew Deutchmann welcomes the newest addition to the Canucks, Bo Horvat, center out of London in the OHL. Horvat is a 6 ft 211 lb 18 year old that will most likely spend at least the next season in the AHL before making his splash up in Vancouver. He played along side a couple other standout Knights, Max Domi (Phoenix 2013) and Alex Broadhurst (Chicago 2011) he finished 4th on the team in scoring. This should bring some much needed help to the Canucks.
NWSB Canucks blogger Josh Hall recaps the 2013 NHL draft for the Vancouver Canucks two first round picks. Josh points out it finally happened Sunday as the Canucks traded away goalie Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils.In return they got to pick Bo Horvat, then with their second 1st round pick they chose Hunter Shinkaruk. A good day for Van City. Mike Gillis certainly isn’t making it easy to form an opinion on him.