Real Good Tweets, starring @INCH_Gladdy and Radim Vrbata’s lesser linemates

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

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Big Numbers: Sedins struggle, Matthias is a penalty-killing boss

Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in [...]

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Canucks trade young prospect for older player on an expiring contract

Just last week, Jim Benning made it clear that he had no intention of trading draft picks or prospects and Trevor Linden reiterated that sentiment on the weekend. Though the Canucks certainly hope to make the playoffs this season, they’re still quietly in the first year of a rebuild, attempting to build up the team’s prospect pool. Dipping into that pool to improve the current team just doesn’t make sense.

The shallowest area of the prospect pool is on the defensive end, with no blue chip prospects to speak of, though there are certainly some intriguing names. One of those names is Gustav Forsling, the Canucks’ 2014 5th round pick who led all defencemen in scoring during the World Junior Championship as an 18-year-old.

So why, you might ask, would Benning not only trade a prospect, but also trade from their weakest position and one of their most promising prospects at that position? Because he brought back a defenceman prospect back in return, one who has a similar skillset, but is much further along in his development. So yes, the headline of this article is intentionally inflammatory.

Benning sent Gustav Forsling to the Chicago Blackhawks for the 22-year-old Adam Clendening, a talented offensive defenceman who was playing with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL, but seems ready to make the jump to the NHL and may do so as early as this weekend with the Canucks.

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Canucks recall Ronalds Kenins, who is only one guy

Derek Dorsett missed Canucks practice on Thursday with a reported neck injury, which may be a euphemism for “concussion,” though I’m not a euphemism doctor. Meanwhile, Ryan Kesler didn’t even have a phone hearing for elbow Dorsett in the head, which is infuriating.

With Dorsett out for who knows how long and Brad Richardson still yet to return from his foot injury, that leaves the Canucks short a bottom-six forward, so the Canucks made the call to the Utica Comets and came up with Ronalds Kenins, who is certainly not the player that most expected.

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Luca Sbisa thinks the Canucks’ mascot is named ‘Whale’

Luca Sbisa has played 40 games as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. Admittedly, that hardly makes him a lifer, but there are a few things you’d think he would know by now, like, say, the name of the Canucks’ mascot.

Among the discoveries from Wednesday night’s Dice and Ice charity event, however: Sbisa has no earthly idea.

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Stick in Link: Canucks are too small, have no answers, must make a trade, obviously lost a game recently

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 passittobulis@gmail.com, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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The Prospector: McCann and Cassels go streaking, Markstrom compared to Bishop

The Prospector is a semi-regular feature on Pass it to Bulis where we pan the Canucks prospects pool in search of gold.

In this edition, Jared McCann rips with Nick Ritchie, Cole Cassels stays consistent, Jake Virtanen loves back-to-back-to-back games, and Jacob Markstrom draws a comparison to Ben Bishop.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks 0, Ducks 4

I’m just writing this post so I don’t get fined.

I watched this game.

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Stick in Link: Trevor Linden on scouting, Frank Corrado on second pairing

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 passittobulis@gmail.com, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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Chris Higgins just cares about defence too much

Chris Higgins is a genius.

The Canuck winger hasn’t scored since December 22nd, and you have to go all the way back to November to find another goal after that. Higgins is on pace for just 11 goals, and for a guy that’s supposed to be a mainstay on the second line, not to mention one who finished second in goals for this team a year ago with 17, that isn’t nearly good enough.

But, as mentioned, Higgins is a genius. Which is why, when asked to explain the massive dip in his production, he’s got this brilliant answer in his back pocket. From The Province:

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