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 and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens brings us his take on another Pete Carroll & John Schneider move this week. They signed Antoine Winfield. He gives the Seahawks a player who they can count on in the secondary. Eventually he will hit a wall where he is no longer effective, hopefully it is not this season. Between Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor the secondary looks set.
NWSB insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens brings us his take on free agency signing today that involved the Hawks losing DT/DE Jason Jones, and gaining LEO / DE Cliff Avril from Detroit. Avril will fit in the Seahawks system as their new Leo nicely. Over the last three seasons Cliff has amassed 29 sacks in 49 games, a rate of 0.59 sacks per game. With Chris Clemons injury, there has been a big question mark at the Leo position.
NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us an update after the first day of the CFL Free Agency Period. With 20 moves on the first day, the BC Lions did their part to try and stay as active as they could be. Bringing in DE Julius Williams from Edmonton, and losing LB James Yurichuk to Toronto. GM Wally Buono was busy re-signing two players who were not in the free agent class, Paris Jackson, and Korey Banks. With plenty of time still remaing, Phil thinks that there will still be more singings in Leos camp soon.
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some more thoughts on the Canucks non-roster sheet for Weber, As well as an in depth look at the top six Canucks defenseman currently on the Vancouver roster. Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Keith Ballard, Chris Tanev, and Jason Garrison. Kevin Connauton has made strides in the minors.
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some thoughts on the Canucks not putting an offer sheet or a trade offer in on Shea Weber. He asks was GM Mike Gillis a sleep at the wheel or was he that confident that Weber would play just one year in Nashville and become an unrestricted free agent after? Or if Vancouver was involved, was the price to high?
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some thoughts on the Canucks pending 2013 Free agent Maxim Lapierre. it’s part 5 of his 2012 offseason series Future Forecast. Mitch thinks that although he doesn’t make a lot of money, Lapierre doesn’t want to stay a 4th line center for the rest of his career. We’ll know more in July of 2013.
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some thoughts on the Canucks pending 2013 Free agent Chris Higgins. it’s part 4 of his 2012 offseason series Future Forecast. Mitch thinks Higgins is the most underrated of the Canucks forwards. Though he’s not sure there is any urgency for Vancouver to extend Higgins before his deal is up.
NWSB Rookie Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck puts pen to paper today with some thoughts on the Canucks asking price with regards to Roberto Luongo. The signing of Cory Schneider hasn’t really sped up the trade talks as one would have hoped. It’s been reported over the course of the off-season that the asking price for the all-star a goalie is too high.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger is back inside from laying out in the Victoria sunshine. Teachers and their summers off. He reports on the BIG news this week out of Vancouver that the Canucks have locked defenseman Jason Garrison via free agency from the Florida Panthers. Garrison has less than 3 full years of playing time leading to a fair inexperience factor, but he does bring size with a 6’ 2” frame that packs a solid 220 lbs.
NWSB insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he loves and hates the Blazers offer sheet to Nicolas Batum. Re-signing him now would be the perfect time in his career to do so. He’s already a fan favorite and will grab a starting spot with a deal like this. On the other hand, he will need to produce more and the Blazers are hoping to avoid a bidding war for Batum.