Stick in Link: Pat Quinn remembered; Canucks trade Alex Mallet for Andrey Pedan

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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The Pass it to Bulis Podcast, Episode 11: Praising Hansen and Remembering Quinn

Jannik Hansen just had the best week of his career, scoring five goals in three games, capping it all off with a hat trick against the Canucks’ bitter rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. That kind of performance can change people’s opinions in a hurry and Hansen has gone from being dispensable to utterly indispensable in the minds of Canucks fans.

But it’s not just Hansen: with Bo Horvat stepping up as NHL-ready, the fourth line of Hansen, Horvat, and the underrated Derek Dorsett has been very impressive of late. It seems unlikely now that Horvat will get sent back to junior and far more likely that he’ll supplant Brad Richardson as the third line centre.

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Jannik Hansen named the NHL’s first star of the week

What a week it’s been for Jannik Hansen (and his biggest booster, Thomas Drance, who’s been arguing with Jason Botchford and his Botcholytes about Hansen’s skill, utility, and effectiveness as Radim Vrbata’s understudy for weeks now).

Suffice it to say, this is pretty vindicating: Hansen is the NHL’s first star of the week.

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Pat Quinn, Canucks president, coach, GM, architect, defender, icon, legend dies at 71

The hockey world, and Vancouver hockey especially, has lost one of the greats, as former Canuck defender, coach, president, and General Manager Pat Quinn died Monday at the age of 71.

He will be missed, especially in Vancouver. He was on hand for so many of this franchise’s greatest moments, in large part because he had a hand in orchestrating so many of them.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 4, Blackhawks 1

It was Daniel Sedin’s big night, the occasion of his 1000th NHL game. He was honoured prior to puck drop in a pregame ceremony, given a painting by Tony Harris (but, sadly, not Tony Harrison), and sent on a Disney cruise (which delighted his young daughter beyond measure). And then Jannik Hansen went ahead and stole the damn show.

We probably shouldn’t be surprised. He’s not named the honey badger because he lives alone in a self-dug hole. It’s because he doesn’t give a [hoot], and there’s really nothing more honey badger than choosing to score the first Canucks hat trick since Daniel Sedin did it in 2011, on the night set aside for honouring Daniel Sedin. Screw your big day, Daniel. Sunday, November 23, 2014, will henceforth be known as Jannik Hansen day to all those who watched this game, and I watched this game.

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Could Dan Hamhuis’s injury mean the return of Sami Salo?

According to reports from the Canadian Press’s Dhiren Mahiban, Dan Hamhuis has a “significant” lower body injury that is expected to keep him out of the Canucks lineup for months, though it is not a season-ending injury. This news is simultaneously devastating and a relief. It’s crushing to know that Hamhuis will be out for months, but it’s good to know that it’s not so serious that he won’t return this season.

This leaves the Canucks in a bit of a predicament. Replacing a top-four defenceman, especially one as good as Hamhuis, isn’t easy. The Canucks have several options available to them, however, and one of those options could see the return of an old fan favourite, with an emphasis on “old”: Sami Salo.

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The Paper Feature: After 20 games, can we say the Canucks are good yet?

The Vancouver Canucks hit the 20-game mark on Thursday night versus the Ducks, and it was only fitting that they’d reach the quarter-mark with hockey’s most confusing outcome: a shootout loss.

Consider: the Ducks left that game with just four wins in their last ten. But because they’ve been to the shootout in five of their last ten, they’ve got points in nine of their last ten. It’s entirely possible the Ducks are coming back to earth after a hot start. But you wouldn’t know it. Not when they keep coming away with points.

Similarly, one-fourth of the way into the season, it remains difficult to have a strong opinion on the quality of this year’s Canucks. Which is problematic, since it’s sort of our job to have one, and the 20-game mark may as well be the deadline. Five games? Small sample size. Ten games? Small sample size. 20 games? Time to make doody, as they say, or get off the pot.

But it’s tough to get off the pot in Vancouver.

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Real Good Tweets, starring @alixiswright37 as the overprotective team mom

You folks made some good tweets last week. Some real good tweets.

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Canucks of the Week, starring Bo Horvat, and those sweet, sweet Oilers

Canucks of the Week, written by Kevin Vanstone, examines who and what is keeping hockey in Vancouver interesting these days. That’s right: who and what. It need not only be players. After all, we are all Canucks. All people, places, things, abstract concepts, ideas, emotions — if it’s a noun, proper or common, it’s a Canuck, and it’s eligible to be a Canuck of the week.

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Brian Elliott appears to be trapped in Sportsnet’s Canucks broadcasts

Brian Elliott took a brief nap Wednesday afternoon, as he often does. But as he slept, he met a small goblin named Mr. Teeth, who showed him a portal. “Pass through this portal,” said Mr. Teeth, with a wide, mischievous smile that wordlessly explained his name, “And you will be a star… forever.”

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