Why the Canucks Should Have Kept David Booth

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Dylan Burke weighs in on the news this week out of Van City regarding much maligned winger David Booth. By using their final compliance buyout on David Booth, the Canucks will save $4.25M against this year’s salary cap and little over $1M in actual money. Hardly pocket change, but I can’t imagine that breaks the bank – all things being relative, of course.

Eerie similarities between the Canucks and the LA Lakers

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee takes a look at two franchises that are not living up to expectations: the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are in shambles after a move that was supposed to see Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard leading the way, while the ‘Nucks are in rebuilding mode after trading Robert Luongo.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Oilers in second of back-to-backs

Van City did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the second of back-to-back games for both teams tonight at Rogers Arena. Dale Weise and David Booth are both expected to sit out of tonight’s game. Roberto Luongo will start against the Oilers for the fourth time this season after earning the win last night against the Coyotes.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Coyotes in Pacific Division showdown

Alex Edler was suspended for a hit yesterday. (Christian Peterson/Vancouver Sun)

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Phoenix Coyotes in a pivotal Pacific Division battle tonight at Rogers Arena. It is no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have struggled on the power play this season, but in the middle of a team-wide scoring slump the Canucks need to make the most of their opportunities 5-on-4.

Gameday skate: Canucks searching for 3 straight W’s

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They going for three in a row tonight against the Nashville Predators after putting together a pair of wins against both Alberta teams earlier this week. Brad Richardson is expected to play in tonight’s game after missing yesterday’s practice resting a leg injury. Jordan Schroeder took Richardson’s spot on the third line during practice on Wednesday alongside David Booth and Zack Kassian.

Gameday skate: Canucks look to break Ducks’ dominance

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks who will look to build on Monday’s loss to the Kings tonight as they take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. David Booth is expected to return to action tonight after sitting out Monday’s game against the Kings.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Penguins as Crosby and co. come to town

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the return of the golden boy to Rogers Arena. Kevin says both Henrik Sedin and Zack Kassian were banged-up in Sunday’s game against the Ducks it appears Dale Weise and David Booth will sit in lieu of Archibald tonight.

Five Canucks Christmas present wishes

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Once again Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells us the Canucks already received three pretty great gifts this year. Here is the official 2013 Canucks Christmas Gift List. A lollipop for coach Torts for being such a respectful fella with the media to date. More of the type of deal-with-the-devil contracts that David Booth must have signed in order for him to return to the ranks of productive players.

What did we learn during the Canucks’ dominant December

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks recent December form. They lost in regulation for the first time in 20 days last night ending the team’s most impressive winning streak of the year. Eddie Lack has been solid since joining the Canucks. Slowly but surely David Booth has begun to elevate his game. The trio of Ryan Kesler (5,3,8), Mike Santorelli (2,7, 9), and Chris Higgins (4,5,9) have been superb.

Gameday skate: Canucks visit Dallas for another dance with Stars

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars tonight in Texas in their first game back since having the team’s eight-game unbeaten streak snapped in Minnesota. He points out David Booth has elevated his play since returning from an AHL conditioning stint in Utica, and says the trio of Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins, and Mike Santorelli have spent plenty of time carrying the team.

Canucks Blame Game: Wild lull Van City (and everyone else) to sleep

Vancouver fell asleep in the third period and allowed Minnesota to hang around

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Minnesota Wild win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Roberto Luongo, Dale Weise, and John Tortorella. Vancouver still managed a point in this snoozer and that’s really all that matters. They played well enough to win and a timely save by Luongo and we’re talking about the winning streak extended another game.

Why next season should be on Canucks fans minds

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Ben Lypka our Vancouver Canucks insider and NWSB Blogger weighs in today with an opinion piece on the Canucks 2013 Stanley Cup fortunes. He says just wait till next year! I’d say the writing was on the wall when Vancouver refused to keep any of their young talent even for a seven game test drive at the start of the season. One of Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk or even Brendan Gaunce should have been given at least a short look. Next year is promising.

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