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A Tale of Two Coaches

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on how the 2013-14 campaign has panned out for John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault, as they adapt to their new clubs. A fair critique of Tortorella is laid out, while an appreciation for the old bench boss is also prevalent.

Vancouver Canucks Acquire Raphael Diaz – He’ll play tonight.

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NWSB Insider & Canucks blogger J.D. Burke breaks down today’s trade, that saw the Canucks sending Dale Weise to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Raphael Diaz. All in all this is a great move for the Canucks. They filled a position of need without giving up much of anything.

Over the last 10… *My* Canucks 3 stars

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Robert Luongo, Eddie Lack and Daniel Sedin earned recognition last time out. This time its Kellen Lain, the Canucks fans, and Ryan Kesler. If the Canucks are truly trying to be a playoff contender, Kes is going to show up on a nightly basis.

The Canucks have interest in Ryan O’Reilly?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the rumours surrounding the Vancouver Canucks interest in Ryan O’Reilly, and whether they can acquire him or not. The bidding war, contract, and viability of such a move are all looked at in-depth. The package would likely include one of the Canucks young prospects, like Gaunce or Nicklas Jensen, and maybe even a mid-round draft pick.

Kassian, Luongo frustrate the Oilers in Edmonton

Van City did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night. The Canucks strolled into Edmonton, got excellent goaltending from Roberto Luongo and did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1. Edmonton’s only goal was a pretty questionable one, as Sam Gagner was basically shoved into Luongo. Nice win team. More please.

The Canucks Fan Olympic Primer

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at both former and current Canucks to provide you with a comprehensive primer for the upcoming 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Players are listed by status within the organization and nation to provide the perfect Vancouverite’s guide to 2014 Games.

Over the last 12… *My* Canucks 3 stars

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 12 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Robert Luongo, Eddie Lack and Daniel Sedin earn recognition.

Canucks Blame Game: To Live and Die in LA

It’s never a good sign when the most noticeable forward on the ice is Tom Sestito.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the LA Kings win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben says It’s time to put Zack Kassian with the twins and see what happens. He also points out of course, John Tortorella is doing the Sedins no favours by continuing to pair them with Jannik Hansen.

Does Dan Hamhuis Belong on Team Canada?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a lot at whether Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis has a shot at making the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Compelling arguments are raised, while an interesting case is presented; the problem being, Canada just has a lot of really darn good defenceman. Hamhuis is in tough.

Canucks Blame Game: Wild lull Van City (and everyone else) to sleep

Vancouver fell asleep in the third period and allowed Minnesota to hang around

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Minnesota Wild win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Roberto Luongo, Dale Weise, and John Tortorella. Vancouver still managed a point in this snoozer and that’s really all that matters. They played well enough to win and a timely save by Luongo and we’re talking about the winning streak extended another game.

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.

Is Chris Tanev having a breakout season for Van City?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.

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