Vancouver Canucks Acquire Raphael Diaz – He’ll play tonight.

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NWSB Insider & Canucks blogger J.D. Burke breaks down today’s trade, that saw the Canucks sending Dale Weise to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Raphael Diaz. All in all this is a great move for the Canucks. They filled a position of need without giving up much of anything.

Does Dan Hamhuis Belong on Team Canada?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a lot at whether Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis has a shot at making the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Compelling arguments are raised, while an interesting case is presented; the problem being, Canada just has a lot of really darn good defenceman. Hamhuis is in tough.

Is Chris Tanev having a breakout season for Van City?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.

Shot blocking and all it can do for the 2013 Canucks

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Vancouver Canucks insider and blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the early progress the Canucks are making, as they adjust to a new system and the physical commitment required from it. Blocked shots are looked at in depth, as statistics from this season and last are used to find out where the Canucks are at this season. With John Tortorella, shot blocking has been a hot topic of conversation in Van City. EH? Alex Burrows & Roberto Luongo.

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?

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