NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time with a piece about the two Nucks signings today. Andrew Alberts and Chris Tanev. This deal tells Alex a couple things: neither side wanted to or could figure out a long term deal in terms of fair price at this point in time, so they went with a one year reasonable $1.5m so neither would be locked in to a multi-year deal they didn’t like.
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 Travis Erbacher brings you a detailed analysis and comparison between success in the Olympics and success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though there are certain outliers in the group, Travis points out players who were outstanding in the Stanley Cup Chase and how they helped their national teams achieve glory as well. Canucks fans will surely see Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin in Sochi…right?
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 and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee poses a good question involving the future of the Canucks – who will be the next frontline forwards in Vancouver? The Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin are entering the later stages of their career and the team has Bo Horvat, Nicklas Jensen, Zack Kassian, Hunter Shinkaruk and Jordan Schroeder and others waiting for their chance to crack the first line.
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 and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Alex McPhee breaks down the Olympic prospects for Team Canada, Team USA, Team Sweden and Team Denmark. McPhee says that in all likelihood, the Canucks will be represented by Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. All in all with a realistic 7-8 contenders to make their respective Olympic squads, the Vancouver Canucks will surely be represented well in the Sochi Games.