Why next season should be on Canucks fans minds

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Ben Lypka our Vancouver Canucks insider and NWSB Blogger weighs in today with an opinion piece on the Canucks 2013 Stanley Cup fortunes. He says just wait till next year! I’d say the writing was on the wall when Vancouver refused to keep any of their young talent even for a seven game test drive at the start of the season. One of Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk or even Brendan Gaunce should have been given at least a short look. Next year is promising.

Is Chris Tanev having a breakout season for Van City?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.

Nucks Ryan Kesler plays all the right notes in Music City

Kesler was outstanding against Nashville

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Canucks win on Tuesday night vs. the Nashville Predators. Jason Garrison picked up a pair of assists but had nearly six minutes of time on the power play and used his cannon to fire out six shots. Ryan Kesler was outstanding against Nashville and he wasn’t even playing a regular shift with Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin. Now, the Canucks return home, which could be a good or a bad thing,

Where do the Vancouver Canucks go from here?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Richard Hodges wonders aloud where the team can go from here. As the memories of that long road trip and the dominance of the Sedin/Kesler line fade, the Vancouver Canucks are stuck in a rut of playing well, but not good enough to win. It’s a familiar feeling over the past few years.

Canucks have mild interest in Martin Erat?

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in with his thoughts on Mike Gillis possibly going after Martin Erat. You probably cringed as you read that. If you didn’t you’re one of the few who assumes that the Washington Capitals are shipping the disgruntled forward out-of-town and taking back a terrible contract, perhaps David Booth? Is this a player that the Canucks want in their locker room?

Should the Vancouver Canucks Trade for Martin Erat?

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Vancouver Canucks blogger & insider J.D. Burke examines whether it would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Canucks to try and trade for Martin Erat of the Washington Capitals. Under the right circumstances, such a deal could work, but the question of whether it is worth while or not is explored in depth. His Corsi Rel. (which is his Corsi relative to the team without him on the ice) is 2.4%, which suggests he’s not a possession liability to his club.

Canucks blame game – Chicago outlasts Vancouver 2-1

For what Hamhuis is being paid he isn’t giving the Canucks enough on either end of the rink.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks win over the Canucks on Saturday night. Ben calls out Dan Hamhuis, Zach Kassian, and Alex Burrows. As Ben put it, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were noticeable the entire game and had genuine scoring chances. Watching a guy like Duncan Keith play last night is proof of just how far away Hamhuis is from wearing the red and white.

Canucks blame game – Panthers win the skills contest

Edler looked shaky all night

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Florida Panthers win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. Ben calls out Alex Edler, Ryan Kesler, Zach Kassian, and the brothers Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. As Ben put it, Roberto Luongo was really the only player on Vancouver that brought his working boots on a night when the Canucks played one period it’s easy to lay the blame.

Canucks Blame Game – Vancouver falls 2-1 to Dallas

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka breaks down the Dallas Stars win over the Canucks on Sunday night. Ben calls out Coach Tortorella. The Sedins (Henrik Sedin & Daniel Sedin) and Ryan Kesler have dried up and there is literally no one there to pick up the slack. It’s not like a guy like Jeremy Welsh even got a chance…Alex Burrows has no goals in 10 games and a guy making $4.5 million. Chris Higgins is working out there but he’s just not producing.

Make a deal Mike! Gillis needs to act now!

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Ben Lypka weighs in this AM with some possible Canucks trade acquisitions. The biggest problem facing the Canucks this season is the same issue that has shown up the last two years in the playoffs – not enough goals. He targets Wayne Simmonds, Steve Ott, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, and Marcel Goc. Assets to leave could be David Booth, Chris Tanev, Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh and Dale Weise.

Over the last 10… *My* Canucks 3 Stars

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from the last 10 games during the Canucks’ 2013/14 campaign. Ryan Kesler, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Chris Higgins make the list. Over the last ten games the Vancouver Canucks have found themselves battling to climb the Western Conference ladder.

The Canucks after 20 games: Part 1 “The good!”

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Mitch Dyck breaks down the Canucks after the 20 game mark in the 2013/14 season. The bad? But with injuries to Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen, Jordan Schroeder, Dale Weise, David Booth and Jordan Schroeder again, the Canucks have already lost 54 man-games due to injury. The good? Mike Santorelli. Yes Vancouver media. We know he’s from Vancouver…you never let us forget it.

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