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?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka weighs in on the schedule for the 2013/14 Canucks. Key games include. October 8th. The return of Cory Schneider, will he get the start? Jan. 1 vs. Tampa Bay – Sami Salo returns to Vancouver. What type of injury will he suffer? Will the nurses at VGH remember him? March 2 vs. Ottawa in the Heritage Classic. Can’t wait to see Peter Sidorkiewicz and Doug Smail on the Sens alumni team. *Joking*
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today with a the knowledge of an armchair GM. Alex has brought us three potential moves that make sense for the Canucks at this moment in time. Trading Kevin Bieska would be priority number one for Alex. Jordan Schroeder gets the axe next, followed by a buy out of Roberto Luongo following this next season. Click to read all of his reasoning’s now.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka weighs in on which players are overrated and which players are underrated a we approach the 2013-14 NHL season. Lypka covers Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Ryan Kessler and Jannik Hansen. He goes on to say for the amount of ice time and power play time he gets, Sedin needs to put up bigger numbers.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us the official hiring of John Tortorella today is good for Van City. Simply put, John Tortorella is a talented hockey coach with a very low tolerance for incompetence. Kevin says Alain Vigneault was notorious for employing a defensive style of play while rarely opening the game up with a healthy roster, and asks will Tortorella find balance between Safe Is Death and The Shot-Blocking Blues?
NWSB Vancouver Canucks insider Josh Hall looks back on Wednesday’s Mike Gillis press conference and tells some tales of now fired Alain Vigneault. Josh points out the stars and planets may never align quite like that again for the Vancouver Canucks or Alain Vigneault but looking back on that moment 50 years from now and everyone will remember where they were vs. Chicago in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Thanks to AV and Alex Burrows.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of Round 1. He asks Is it puck luck that demands the Canucks need be perfect to score but opponents can score with any half chance? Multiple times in this game Daniel Sedin had a perfect opportunity to shoot the puck and either hesitated or passed off. Roberto Luongo was not the problem.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone is back today to ask could the Canucks surprise the Western Conference and make another lengthy run towards the Stanley Cup? If so, the reigning Northwest Division Champions may need a few favours from the Hockey Gods this time around. Youngster Frank Corrado will need to learn playoff hockey on the fly after playing well in his first three games at the NHL level.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s loss to the Dallas Stars. Richard points Derek Roy is good. He says he’s not being used exactly right, but so far he’s above Bryan Smolinski on the trade deadline bell curve. He also asks an interesting question. Is it hyperbole to say when Kevin Bieksa comes back the Canucks will never lose? (Probably.)
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Predators. Richard points out we’ve missed you Ryan Kesler. The pivot’s return has revitalized the team and the powerplay as the Canucks are really starting to look like the 2011 version. Need a negative? After a great start to the season, the inconsistency has been slipping back into Kevin Bieksa’s game.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges is back to give you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Vancouver’s win over the Edmonton Oilers. Richard points out that the power play is still a struggle for the Canucks. On the bright side, Cory Schneider is shutting teams out, making the battle for starting netminder an interesting one. Oh yeah, Zach Kassian finally scored – his first since January!
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.