NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down five UFAs that the Vancouver Canucks may be targeting this offseason. With names such as David Steckel, Steve Sullivan, Hal Gill, Akim Aliu and Colton Teubert on the list, the Canucks have options. The market has a mixture of veteran presence and moldable, youthful talent available, and these five options all would fit well.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ Blogger J.D. Burke talks about David Booth and why the move by Mike Gillis — largely considered his last — could eventually work out for the Canucks. In his first two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Booth has struggled mightily to stay on the ice and has done his absolute best to annoy the fan-base off it. Could things change in the near future?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka is here to plead with the fans of Vancouver. Stay at home when the Heritage Classic roles into BC Place stadium. $93 dollars for poor seating, cold weather and the Ottawa Senators? No thanks says Ben. Here’s a list of what else you can spend your $93 dollars on. Force them to slash prices in the weeks heading into the game and maybe families can see Henrik Sedin or Dale Weise.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in on the future of the Vancouver Canucks. With three alternate endings straight out of a choose your own ending book, Travis gives us what could possibly happen in the very near future here in Van City. A what happens if look at the upcoming season, and the potential free agents around the league. Also what to expect from Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka is back with a piece about the influence John Tortorella should have on Alex Edler. Throughout his career in Tampa, New York and now hopefully here in Vancouver, Torts has had the ability to get more offense out of his defensemen. Alex Edler is no spring chicken, but hopefully he’s still young enough to learn some new tricks from his new bench boss.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Alex McPhee details the relationship between player and agent, and what that means for the players employer. Roberto Luongo has axed the man who gave him the worst contract in the history of sports for what? An easy exit from Vancouver? Who knows at this point, but if he shows up for training, it will be a good sign. Maybe GM Mike Gillis and Luongo were all laughs for a reason?
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges gives you his own thoughts on the typical offseasons of fans of the Canucks and how they are usually spent looking back at what could’ve been while feeling disgruntled about the management at the same time. If Richard had any message for those fans who continue to wallow, it would be to stop, get outside, get some fresh air, and realize that the season isn’t that far away at all.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Alex McPhee details the relationships that John Tortorella has had with past players and how that may play out in Vancouver. Its hard to know which coach Vancouver is getting with the hiring of Torts. Will he be the coach who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2004 or the one who didn’t achieve the desired effect on a contending roster for just over four years with the New York Rangers, or otherwise?
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in on the concept of the NHL being a copycat league. The difference between a good and a bad management strategy can be what determins success. To assess the efficacy of the copycat strategy, we need to take a look at past Stanley cup winners. Can Van city build upon a young core like Chicago’s top draft picks Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews?
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 with the latest Canucks news, the retirement of Pavel Bure’s #10. So Ben asks the question, of course, should the Canucks really hang the Russian Rocket’s jersey from the rafters at Rogers Arena? If it were up to Ben, the answer is a big fat no. Even with all of the flash and the flare, Pavel Bure left the Canucks in the wind on more than one occasion. That doesn’t sound like team loyalty…
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger J.D. Burke weighs in today with the news of the re-signing of David Weise by the Vancouver Canucks. At a whopping $750,000 a year, the Canucks got a bargain size deal on this signing. Sarcasm rules supreme in this piece as J.D. brings the heat on poor David’s skills, but lightens up at the end, just where Weise needs it the most.