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.
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks fresh new blogger Alex McPhee weighs in today with his analysis of the Canucks draft picks and prospects. Bo Horvat, Cole Cassels, Hunter Shinkaruk, Jordan Subban, Anton Celerholm, Mike Williamson, Miles Liberati are introduced to Vancouver hockey fans. Alex points out these Canucks rooks aren’t gunning for top line spots yet, so let’s all just calm down for a minute.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Ben Lypka weighs in on which players are overrated and which players are underrated a we approach the 2013-14 NHL season. Lypka covers Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Ryan Kessler and Jannik Hansen. He goes on to say for the amount of ice time and power play time he gets, Sedin needs to put up bigger numbers.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges brings us five burning questions about the 2014 Heritage Classic between the Canucks and the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. First question is the most obvious one, does this really constitute as an outdoor game? BC Place merely has a retractable roof it is not an outdoor stadium, and what if the weather doesn’t want to play nice, then what? But perhaps the biggest question asked by Richard is why the Sens?
NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in today on the rocky relationship between Canucks nation and GM Mike Gillis. He says in order to salvage the relationship with Roberto Luongo, Gillis needs to tell the truth. Admit that you bungled the situation and you just might earn the respect of Roberto Luongo and even your most strident critic. Stay tuned for more relationship advice with (Fake) Dr. Travis B. Erbacher.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges previews th Vancouver Canucks bottom six next year. The patchwork system of Jordan Schroeder, Derek Roy and even Mason Raymond at times is now down to Schroeder, newly signed Brad Richardson and a handful of promising prospects. It wouldn’t be a problem if a fourth line centre spot was all that was up for grabs, but the Canucks knew last year that Schroeder wasn’t the solution on the third line.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Richard Hodges talks about the strange goalie situation in Vancouver after the trade of Cory Schneider to the Devils for the 8th overall pick. Creating a perplexing situation for Roberto Luongo in the past year, he still isn’t back in the fold. After being left for dead with his departure painfully strung out over 12 long months, it’s no small detail to get him to re-commit to the Vancouver Canucks.