NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with his thoughts on the 2012 Canucks off-season and possible trade scenarios in his Canucks tradewinds article Version 1.0. 2009 first-round pick Jordan Schroeder is going to get a heavy look in training camp. time to break up with Mason Raymond. Cory Schneider is worth more in a trade. Sign Jason Garrison as soon as possible.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks writer Richard Hodges chimes in with his off-season analysis. He says to make another cup run the Canucks brass need to probably take a good hard look at finding someone who can score a goal or two or at the least, AND set up Ryan Kesler and David Booth with some regularity. He says Mason Raymond is an easy answer to who should NOT be back in 2012/13.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges claims Mason Raymond may be the saving grace of the Canucks season. How ironic?! But looking forward, could the Canucks take out the Colorado Avalanche easily barring a first round matchup? Steve Downie is a name that will on everyone’s lips. Richard hates but loves a lot more about what happened in Saturday night’s game.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Wednesday night OT to the Chicago Blackhawks. Nevermind the elbow, or the suspension, or Duncan Keith acting like a choirboy, the lasting impact from this game will be the Daniel Sedin concussion effects.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Wednesday night to the Phoenix Coyotes. Enough about the game. Kevin Bieksa was on the Team 1040 yesterday lamenting the lack of noise from the home crowds. I agree. Vancouver fans are brutal. Also, Roberto Luongo, the most consistent Canuck all year, is all of a sudden being blamed. Typical.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Thursday night over the Winnipeg Jets. It really ruins the “Canucks will miss Cody Hodgson’s scoring” narrative when Sami Pahlsson steps up and scores the game winner. A win for Cory Schneider who has been content to learn from the best and compete for the cup with his team.
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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges begs the question do the Canucks really miss Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff? For Ehrhoff to be an offensive dynamo, he had to be played on the left side. This complicated things for Alex Edler who had no choice but to play the right side since Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa’s bromance is too strong to split apart.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the win on Thursday night over the St. Louis Blues. Was this hockey or soccer? nil-nil after 45 minutes? All of a sudden, the Canucks have 9 goals in 6 games which is about the pace they had during the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins finally scored to ice this game for Van City.