5 Prospects that have a chance to crack the lineup

Bo Horvat

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Steve Lee takes a look at five prospects who stand a chance after Vancouver potentials recently took to the ice against the Edmonton Oilers hopefuls as part of the Young Stars Classic in Penticton BC. Featured are: Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, Jake Virtanen, Curtis Valk and Dane Fox.

Let’s talk controversy… Not like it isn’t going to happen

Eddie Lack

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger talks about the possibility of a controversy for the team at goalkeeper. As Lee states, “it’s only a matter of time before Thatcher Demko arrives and gives us another reason to part with our No. 1 goaltender. Whoever it may be.” Featured are Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo, as well as Eddie Lack, Ryan Miller, Jacob Markstrom and Bobby Lu.

Willie Desjardins Becomes Canucks head coach

Willie Desjardins

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks Blogger Andrew Deutschmann recaps the rumor that Willie Desjardins could become the new head coach of the Nucks. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the team could introduce him as the new lead man next week. Deutschmann explains why this looks like a great hire for Trevor Linden and Jim Benning.

Why the Canucks Should Have Kept David Booth

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Dylan Burke weighs in on the news this week out of Van City regarding much maligned winger David Booth. By using their final compliance buyout on David Booth, the Canucks will save $4.25M against this year’s salary cap and little over $1M in actual money. Hardly pocket change, but I can’t imagine that breaks the bank – all things being relative, of course.

Gameday Skate: Canucks host Wild as trade deadline looms

Chris Tanev makes his return to the lineup tonight at Rogers Arena.

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. Eddie Lack will receive his second consecutive start tonight after a solid performance Wednesday in a 1-0 win over the Blues. After a mediocre start to the season the Minnesota Wild have been making hay in 2014, putting together a 12-4-2 record since the calendar flip. Chris Tanev is expected to return to the lineup.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Blues as teams begin playoff push

Vancouver needs to turn it around next game. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. After backing in to the Olympic break the Vancouver Canucks must begin to turn their season around tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Kesler is expected to miss tonight’s game, while Kevin Bieksa (bruised foot) and Henrik Sedin (ribs) are game time decisions.

Honoring Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee remembers the accomplishments of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the one-time face of the Vancouver Grizzlies franchise. Lee recaps the forward’s time across the NBA, including stints with the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers, and would love to see commissioner Adam Silver bring the Sacramento Kings, L.A. Lakers and Steve Nash to a game in BC for a chance to retire the Abdur-Rahim’s No. 3 jersey.

Vancouver Canucks Acquire Raphael Diaz – He’ll play tonight.

Raphael Diaz

NWSB Insider & Canucks blogger J.D. Burke breaks down today’s trade, that saw the Canucks sending Dale Weise to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Raphael Diaz. All in all this is a great move for the Canucks. They filled a position of need without giving up much of anything.

Gameday skate: Canucks host Oilers in second of back-to-backs

Van City did just enough to edge the Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday

NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They host the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the second of back-to-back games for both teams tonight at Rogers Arena. Dale Weise and David Booth are both expected to sit out of tonight’s game. Roberto Luongo will start against the Oilers for the fourth time this season after earning the win last night against the Coyotes.

Over the last 10… *My* Canucks 3 stars

Lain wide

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. Robert Luongo, Eddie Lack and Daniel Sedin earned recognition last time out. This time its Kellen Lain, the Canucks fans, and Ryan Kesler. If the Canucks are truly trying to be a playoff contender, Kes is going to show up on a nightly basis.

Canucks to Sign Vinny Prospal to a PTO

Prospal

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke breaks down the news that the Vancouver Canucks have signed Vinny Prospal to a PTO. The 16 year veteran is due to play with the Utica Comets at first, but could eventually join the Canucks later on. In Prospal’s last season with Columbus, he tallied 12 goals and 18 assists, for a total of 30 points.

Gameday skate: Canucks searching for 3 straight W’s

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NWSB Insider and Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Vancouver Canucks. They going for three in a row tonight against the Nashville Predators after putting together a pair of wins against both Alberta teams earlier this week. Brad Richardson is expected to play in tonight’s game after missing yesterday’s practice resting a leg injury. Jordan Schroeder took Richardson’s spot on the third line during practice on Wednesday alongside David Booth and Zack Kassian.

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