Make a deal Mike! Gillis needs to act now!

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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.

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.

Vancouver Canucks: 5 must-see matchups for the 2013/14 season

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the top five matchups of the 2013-14 NHL season for the team. The San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators all make the cut. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider compete against each other at Rogers Arena. This should be a classic tilt shouldn’t it Nucks fans?

Early Projections for Vancouver Canucks; 2013 Goaltending

So when projecting the Canucks roster going into next season, what better position to start with?

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger J.D. Burke weighs in today on the goaltending situation in Vancouver in Part 1 of his offseason roster series. JD points out assuming Roberto Luongo reports to training camp, he will start. This much we know. Behind him though the situation is a lot less clear. Eddie Lack seems like the obvious choice. The other horse in the race, Joacim Eriksson, is a bit of a wildcard.

What happens if Luongo doesn’t want to make up with Vancouver?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about the strange goalie situation in Vancouver after the trade of Cory Schneider to the Devils for the 8th overall pick. Creating a perplexing situation for Roberto Luongo in the past year, he still isn’t back in the fold. After being left for dead with his departure painfully strung out over 12 long months, it’s no small detail to get him to re-commit to the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks: Grades and analysis for 2013 NHL draft

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NWSB Canucks blogger Josh Hall recaps the 2013 NHL draft for the Vancouver Canucks two first round picks. Josh points out it finally happened Sunday as the Canucks traded away goalie Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils.In return they got to pick Bo Horvat, then with their second 1st round pick they chose Hunter Shinkaruk. A good day for Van City. Mike Gillis certainly isn’t making it easy to form an opinion on him.

Could Nashville supply the northwest division with Suter & Weber?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Reggie Gill weighs in with his ananlysis of the current situation brewing in the NHL 2012 Free Agency headlines. Mainly the news surrounding the Minnesota Wild grabbing Ryan Suter and Zach Parise this week in a HUGE Transaction for them. The NHL’s northwest division just got tougher. Do the Canucks plan to go after Dan Hamhuis’ former teammate Shea Weber from Nashville now?

NWSB exclusive: Twitterview with Vancouver Giants centreman Anthony Ast

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Josh Hall sat down with Vancouver Giants centre Anthony Ast (from different computers of course) for this exclusive twitterview. Anthony, born in Richmond, dreams of being an NHL’er and by the sounds of it, will do just about anything to fulfill that dream. The 17 year old is on the right track. He says, “I want this to be my life because I can’t imagine doing anything else.” – Perfect answer!

Northwest Athlete Profile: Paul Kariya

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Dave B. does another Northwest Athlete profile on one of the most prolific NHL’ers to ever come from these parts, Paul Kariya. Kariya played the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks where he once held all the franchise points records, but his career was cut short due to numerous injuries, namely concussions.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Mel Bridgman

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NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile on Victoria BC boy Mel Bridgman. Bridgman started his junior career in Victoria where he played four games for his hometown Cougars during the 1971-72 season. Bridgman’s last season in the NHL was the 1988-1989.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Willie Mitchell

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NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Willie Mitchell was born April 1977 in Port McNeill, British Columbia. The stay at home d-man has been around the NHL, starting with the New Jersey Devils. Read on as Dave tells you about Willie’s journal all the way from Vancouver Island to Los Angeles, California.

Saturday Links: Canucks Morning Java

The Birthing Whale says, "Game, set and match...get out and play."

Josh weighs in with the daily Vancouver Canucks Java. NHL team news for the die hard Nucks fans. Gossip and articles captured on the web for Saturday. NWSportsBeat.com your source for all Vancouver Canucks hockey talk all the time, plus Canucks blog archive.

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