NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall debuts a new column: Canucks Birthday Presents. It will be a running theme featuring the best birthday presents one can buy for each player’s birthday as they come along. First up: newly acquired D-man Marc-Andre Gragnani. What are you waiting for? This is just a synopsis…click the link!
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges takes the opportunity to introduce Canucks fans to Marc-Andre Gragnani. The defenseman acquired in the Cody Hodgson deal with Buffalo. His defensive game is rather limited but at 24, Gragnani only has 61 NHL regular season games under his belt, 46 of them this year where he has a respectable 16 points.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Saturday night to the Buffalo Sabres. After a weekend of crushing the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are apparently not over their slump one bit. CBC announcer Mark Lee, whose salary I pay, is a horrible commentator.
Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. The trade deadline has passed and what a shocking day it was. Though not as much if you really thought Mike Gillis could pull off the Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian trade. Marc-Andre Gragnani also comes Vancouver’s way from Buffalo and he’ll start tonight versus the St. Louis Blues, in for Chris Tanev.
After 60+ games the Vancouver Canucks GM Gillis has made his move and the team has the time and motivation to utilize the gifts he has given them. We are about to embark on another heck of a ride down the stretch run. Vancouver has begun to truly assert itself as a difficult team to break down. Roberto Luongo, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, David Booth, and Sami Salo are on top of their games.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac was ready to jump off the ledge today when he first heard the Zack Kassian for Cody Hodgson trade details. Then after researching the deal a little more he realized Kassian fills a need that no other player at any level of the organization can fill. He is going to be raw granted, but he can go to the net, finish off the rush, and when needed exact retribution on opponents.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us the 2012 NHL trade deadline day was slow to start and then a blockbuster deal that was easily the biggest of the day and sparked reaction not seen in a very long time in Vancouver happened. And Canucks nation was mad at Mike Gillis. If Zack Kassian becomes more Todd Bertuzzi than Taylor Pyatt this deal could be a whole lot easier to swallow.
NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall lays the smack down on the wheelings and dealings of the Canucks this Trade Deadline day. He’s pretty miffed about Cody Hodgson but agrees Zack Kassian is a good pickup…just not for CoHo. How will Sami Pahlsson help the bottom six forward mix? Why the heck wasn’t Mason Raymond traded instead? Check it.
Managing Editor at NWSB and Vancouver Canucks blogger “Q” tells us today the Canucks have acquired big hulking Candian junior team player Zack Kassian from the Buffalo Sabres and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. In exchange the Canucks give up Alex Sulzer a defenseman currently with the Chicago Wolves and third line center Cody Hodgson. Who won this trade folks?