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.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Andrew Deutchmann welcomes the newest addition to the Canucks, Bo Horvat, center out of London in the OHL. Horvat is a 6 ft 211 lb 18 year old that will most likely spend at least the next season in the AHL before making his splash up in Vancouver. He played along side a couple other standout Knights, Max Domi (Phoenix 2013) and Alex Broadhurst (Chicago 2011) he finished 4th on the team in scoring. This should bring some much needed help to the Canucks.
NWSB Canucks blogger Josh Hall recaps the 2013 NHL draft for the Vancouver Canucks two first round picks. Josh points out it finally happened Sunday as the Canucks traded away goalie Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils.In return they got to pick Bo Horvat, then with their second 1st round pick they chose Hunter Shinkaruk. A good day for Van City. Mike Gillis certainly isn’t making it easy to form an opinion on him.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges breaks down the first day interview of Canucks new head coach John Tortorella. It was a relatively calm interview for the man who is known to drop f-bombs like it’s going out of style. Torts talked about the mission Mike Gillis has in plan for the Canucks, and the plan for the Sedins to kill some penalties. All in all it makes you wish opening night was here already.