NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the news that the Vancouver Canucks have signed Vinny Prospal to a PTO. The 16 year veteran is due to play with the Utica Comets at first, but could eventually join the Canucks later on. In Prospal’s last season with Columbus, he tallied 12 goals and 18 assists, for a total of 30 points.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the contracts signed by twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin this week for Van City. Ben points out a lot of that rejoicing is probably due to the fact that Henrik and Daniel have been, by far, the team’s best two forwards so far this season. Henrik has singlehandedly turned Ryan Kesler into a beast on the wing and Daniel is averaging a point a game.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck is back today to tell us just what the Nucks are doing with their frustrating to watch winger — the hunter David Booth. It’s a good thing hockey isn’t his passion, or else David Booth might be upset that he had to sit in the press box in Uniondale two nights ago. Mitch points out It might not be easy to move Booth without retaining some of his contract; even if the Canucks do retain a portion of it, there is no guarantee they can move him.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us tonights five things to look out for. The Vancouver Canucks open a seven-game road trip tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers after jumping out to a .500 record over their first six starts. Tough guys Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill are expected to play in tonight’s contest. Calling all Vancouver enforcers. Dale Weise, Tom Sestito, and Zack Kassian.
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?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges discusses whether Frank Corrado should start the 2013-14 NHL season in Utica or in the big league. After being one of the final cuts at the World Junior camp last year, Corrado played three games for the Chicago Wolves after his junior season was over before making the jump to Vancouver and playing in three regular season games and four playoff games.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Andrew Deutchmann welcomes the newest addition to the Canucks, Bo Horvat, center out of London in the OHL. Horvat is a 6 ft 211 lb 18 year old that will most likely spend at least the next season in the AHL before making his splash up in Vancouver. He played along side a couple other standout Knights, Max Domi (Phoenix 2013) and Alex Broadhurst (Chicago 2011) he finished 4th on the team in scoring. This should bring some much needed help to the Canucks.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson brings you the latest news on the Phoenix Coyotes potentially relocating to Seattle. In what could be a pivotal move in getting the NBA to look at the possibility of expansion in Seattle further, the City of Glendale will vote today on a lease agreement that will decide whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes stay where they are. Should the two sides be unable to reach an agreement, it is highly likely, and some would say almost certain, that Phoenix gets relocated to Seattle.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Andrew Deutchmann gives you his perspective on the signing of new Cancuks head coach John Tortorella. At first when Andrew heard that Mike Gillis was going to interview Torts for the job he wasn’t too amused. But ever since then the idea has grown on him, and now he thinks it may even be a good thing. If not, Andrew thinks it will be a long five years in Van City.
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 Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V’ Vanstone tells us David Booth’s ankle rehab could throw the Canucks a curve ball as the buyout period approaches for NHL teams this offseason. The Canucks employ a number of integral players with no-movement clauses attached to their contracts, and with a new coach expected to take the team in a new direction minimal player movement over the summer could be a good thing
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges today brings us an open email to former Nucks head coach Alain Vigneault. He points out AV is the winningest coach in Canucks history, bringing home the division banners, Presidents’ Trophies, and of course 2011. He says AV set the bar high and the only way to clear it is with a Stanley Cup. He was fun to watch, not fun to watch and he’ll be missed. Happy Trails AV.