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.

Canucks blame game – Chicago outlasts Vancouver 2-1

For what Hamhuis is being paid he isn’t giving the Canucks enough on either end of the rink.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben calls out Dan Hamhuis, Zach Kassian, and Alex Burrows. As Ben put it, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were noticeable the entire game and had genuine scoring chances. Watching a guy like Duncan Keith play last night is proof of just how far away Hamhuis is from wearing the red and white.

Canucks Blame Game – Vancouver falls 2-1 to Dallas

Stars vs. Canucks Nov 17

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Dallas Stars win over the Canucks on Sunday night. Ben calls out Coach Tortorella. The Sedins (Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin) and Ryan Kesler have dried up and there is literally no one there to pick up the slack. It’s not like a guy like Jeremy Welsh even got a chance…Alex Burrows has no goals in 10 games and a guy making $4.5 million. Chris Higgins is working out there but he’s just not producing.

Make a deal Mike! Gillis needs to act now!

Chris Tanev

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in this AM with some possible Canucks trade acquisitions. The biggest problem facing the Canucks this season is the same issue that has shown up the last two years in the playoffs – not enough goals. He targets Wayne Simmonds, Steve Ott, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, and Marcel Goc. Assets to leave could be David Booth, Chris Tanev, Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh and Dale Weise.

Looking at the Canucks at the quarter-ish way mark

Daniel Sedin needs to get his game going after putting up points in Sochi.

NWSB insider and Canucks blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks, using advanced statistics to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly to this point in their season. The play of Ryan Stanton, Jason Garrison, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler and many more Canucks are looked at in depth to provide perspective on how each is performing.

ICYMI…Canucks vs. Sharks: Van finally grab a win in San Jose

Nice to see the Canucks' resiliency on display

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks played one of their best games of the season on Thursday, taking down the San Jose Sharks for the first time in ten games. Roberto Luongo got the win. Chris Higgins is playing like a man possessed.

Canucks blame game: Yotes win 3-2 in the post-game skills contest

Coyotes vs. Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Phoenix Coyotes win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Chris Tanev. He needs to make up his mind about blocking shots. The Coyotes first goal was entirely on him and he’s been screening Roberto Luongo. Is it just Ben or has Ryan Stanton been the best story for the Canucks so far this year? No more Sedins on the penalty shot please! Hell put Zac Dalpe in there.

David Booth headed to Utica

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

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down why David Booth is headed to the AHL to play for the Utica Comets. The Canucks made Booth a healthy scratch Oct. 22 against the New York Islanders. Canucks coach John Tortorella told the media that he felt like Booth wasn’t doing enough to play. In his absence, we’ve seen Darren Archibald, Andrew Alberts, Yanick Weber and Jeremy Welsh play; even Pascal Pelletier managed to get a game in with the Canucks.

Gameday skate: Canucks continue road trip opposite the Islanders

It's been a good week in Vancouver (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us Tuesday’s five things to look out for.The Vancouver Canucks play vs. the NY Islanders. Following a pair of weekend losses the Canucks continue their seven-game road trip tonight against the struggling Islanders. New York native Chris Higgins is expected to play in front of a gang of familiar fans tonight at Nassau Coliseum as the forward visits home. Roberto Luongo will be back in net.

Richardson, Santorelli and the Canucks’ lack of depth down the middle

Roberto Luongo

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us today heading into a fresh 82-game season the Vancouver Canucks once again face high expectations. After a brutal end to a lockout-shortened season the team was forced to take a step back to re-evaluate during the summer, and forward depth was one of the many concerns for General Manager Mike Gillis. What will Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh, Brad Richardson and Mike Santorelli bring to the table in 2013?

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