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.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile of none other than BC Lions football legend Sean Millington. During his career Millington was named CFL West Division All-Star – five times; CFL All-Star – three times; CFL Most Outstanding Canadian Player in the West Division – three times; CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award – two times.
Did you miss the Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Saturday night? Great game for Van-City. A 3-0 win at home to clinch the Presidents Cup trophy for the second year in a row. They now play the LA Kings in the first round on Wednesday. Henrik Sedin ended a 22-game goal drought by scoring with 4:13 left in the second period, Roberto Luongo made 17 saves for a shutout.
Did you miss the Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames Thursday night? The playoff-bound Vancouver Canucks are still fighting for first in the Western Conference, the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The loss cost the Canucks a chance to pass the New York Rangers for the lead in the overall standings. Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross scored. Cory Schneider lost, Miikka Kiprusoff got the win.