NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in today on the rocky relationship between GM Mike Gillis & on again off again Nucks backstop Roberto Luongo. He says Lu has to suck it up. Play great hockey. Win us a Stanley Cup. Win us a gold medal. He also says Lu should when asked if you’re going to show up to do your job, don’t reply “well, I guess I have to”. You signed a contract of your own free will Lu, now honour it.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka breaks down how Roberto Luongo can stay happy entering the 2013-14 season. Everyone’s favourite backup goalie chatted with TSN’s James Duthie about his future. He made it clear he’s not thrilled to be back in Vancouver, but forgetting about his contracts (as well as social media) should help clear his mind. Also, working on shootouts and side-to-side movements will help. If he can get rid of the no-trade clause, that will help, too.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a deeper look at the recent two-part candid interview goaltender Roberto Luongo had with TSN host James Duthie. Luongo goes into detail about the feelings of a divorce between him and the team that signed him to the 12-year, $64-million contract and how he was prepared to move on into the next chapter of his career. There’s a strong possibility this season is his last as a Canuck.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges takes a look at the form of the Vancouver Canucks as they head into their first round matchup with the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks have just as good a chance as every other team says Richard, but they will need the lucky bounces to go in their favor. A Cup run is unlikely, Richard thinks, but playoff hockey brings the unexpected right to our living rooms.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger points out that so far, no Canucks names have been included in Team Canada’s 2014 Olympic roster. Now, the Bartender thinks that is a travesty. We all know that Roberto Luongo deserves to be between the pipes in Russia, but Phil also thinks that Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis deserve to get at least a tryout for the team.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news that we’ve learned Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Alex Edler have reached an agreement and he has signed for 6 more years. Edler was in the last year of a deal that saw him making $3.75 million per season. His new deal is $30 million over six years, with an annual cap hit of $5million. Much less than what he could have gotten on the open market.
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach and general manager Marc Crawford. A former Canucks draft pick and then a Coach. Cool story. Crow was selected 70th overall in the 4th round by the Vancouver Canucks, and promptly made it to the NHL the very next year in the 1981-82 season. After seven years, Crow was finished in 2006 coaching VanCity.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in on the topic of being Canada’s team. When their teams are out of the playoffs other hockey markets want to talk about the series that involves the team from Vancouver that beats their teams on a regular basis. A team getting attention on Hockey Night in Canada and TSN. Plus a team with Ryan Kesler, and Alex Burrows could never be Canada’s hockey team.
Did you miss the Vancouver Canucks vs. LA Kings Sunday night? Great game for LA. Kings captain Dustin Brown scored his fourth goal of the series in the third period and Jonathan Quick made 41 saves for his second career playoff shutout as the Kings defeated Vancouver, 1-0, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Did you miss the LA Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks Friday night? Great game for LA. Jarret Stoll scored a third-period power-play goal, Trevor Lewis scored shortly after another power play late in the final period, and Jonathan Quick made 46 saves for the Kings. Samuel Pahlsson and Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo finished with 23 saves for the Canucks.
Did you miss the LA Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night? Great game for LA. Dustin Penner converted that bounce into the tie-breaking goal with 3:14 left to lift the Kings to a 4-2 victory and a 1-0 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler tied the game at 2-2. It could have been a lot worse if not for Roberto Luongo.