NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Monday’s things to look out for in the Canucks vs. Carolina Hurricanes matchup.The Canucks will go for their fifth-straight win tonight as the Canes hit town for their lone visit of the season. Manny Malhotra is in town. Not to be outdone by Roberto Luongo Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner earned the NHL’s first star of the week
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the team’s longest road trip of the season — one that can be considered a resounding success. Ryan Kesler was the most noticeable he’s been in a while, and while playing alongside Henrik Sedin helps, so does six goals and three assists. Just like Kesler, Kevin Bieksa had a bit of a rough start, but he was flying for most of the road trip. Roberto Luongo was also a big difference maker.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Friday’s five things to look out for in the Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues matchup. The Nucks make the final stop of a seven-game road trip tonight, taking on a Blues team that has been waiting an entire week for the Canucks to come to town. The Canucks are 4-1-1 on the trip so far and would likely be pleased with any points tonight in St. Louis. Eddie Lack will be in net.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to tell us Roberto Luongo will undoubtedly be the Vancouver Canucks’ starting goaltender this season, but the battle to hold his iPad has only just begun. Both Eddie Lack and Joacim Eriksson will get a good look at the backup role during training camp, and the winning candidate can expect a significant regular season workload according to John Tortorella.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today the NHL’s April 3rd trade deadline fast approaches and the Vancouver Canucks have a number of spots on the roster worthy of attention heading into this year’s playoff push. Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen have played well during their time on Vancouver’s second line, but are better fit as checking forwards on a fully healthy roster.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today that the Canucks goalie in the wings, Eddie Lack, has had successful hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Will this effect a Luongo trade? Maybe, maybe not. If true, it could mean that the Canucks can send Lack back to the American Hockey League without losing him on waivers, and if Roberto Luongo isn’t traded, this could work well in their favor.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with an update on the Canucks farm team in the AHL the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves are benefitting from Chris Tanev being back in town thanks to the lockout. The cerebral blueliner has four points in his first 10 games. Also in the mix and looking good Kevin Connauton was last year’s breakout star under Craig MacTavish.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out today it’s nice to see the framework of a 50/50 deal finally floating around but because the two sides can’t agree on the dollar figure that will be split, we’ve now lost November and the Winter Classic is hanging in the balance. He looks at some Canucks who are benefiting from the lockout which today. Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Zack Kassian, Jason Garrison make the list.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges is back this week to create a buzz about the latest Canucks news about Dan Cloutier being hired by the organization to be a goaltender coach. Look, it’s giving us something to talk about he says, If you haven’t noticed we’re in a lockout right now where the two sides aren’t even talking to each other yet. Dan Cloutier is all we have for Canucks news right now.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Josh Hall goes one on one with Chicago Wolves netminder and Swedish sensation Eddie Lack. Eddie says he’s currently in Stockholm making last minute preparations to return to North America. From there, it’s on to Canucks NHL training camp, if there is one anyway.