Tomas Kaberle and Keith Ballard have a lot in common. Both players spent the post-lockout years playing for non-playoff teams. Both have represented their countries in International play. Both were traded to their current teams for a package including a top prospect and a first round pick. Both have failed to meet expectations with their new teams. And both are in the Stanley Cup Final.

Of course, one of the main differences between the two is that Kaberle will definitely play at least one game against the Canucks, while Ballard might watch all of the games from the press box with the Black Aces. Since no one has come out on record saying he hasn’t wagered away his spot on the Stanley Cup in a rigged game of poker with Eddie Lack, we’re forced to assume he has.

So which of the two has been more disappointing? Who has come shortest of meeting expectations?

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The moment the Boston Bruins punched their ticket for the Stanley Cup Final, many Vancouver fans pointed out that PITB’s exclusive, very real photos of Tanner Glass fighting bears — released sporadically throughout the season — suddenly seemed downright prescient. As previously reported, Glass has been sneaking into the forest on weekends since January, picking fights with up to eight bears a day, no doubt in preparation for the series that begins Wednesday. The logical assumption, at this point, is that Tanner Glass is some sort of prophet of pugilism, and has known all along that a skilled bearfighter could tip the Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver’s favour. With this in mind, PITB has gently improved a couple Boston Bruins print ads to reflect the impact a bearproof Glass may have on this series.

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When the Vancouver Whitecaps announced that coach Teitur Thordason would be leaving his role with immediate effect on Monday morning there was more than an element of surprise from the fans of the team. True the club hadn’t won in MLS since opening day, but there was never the sense of impending panic, or even discontent, [...]

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You may remember Vienna-based artist and Canuck fan Peter Diamond from The Twins, his wonderfully dark, original image that portrayed Daniel and Henrik Sedin as damnable warlocks that mount their victims’ heads on bare trees in a heinous forest. Diamond created the work as a good-luck charm for the Sedin twins’ scoring production way back in Round 2, and it appears to have worked, especially on Henrik Sedin: the Canucks’ captain went off in Round 3, collecting 12 points in 5 games. Recognizing the power he wields, Diamond has created another image as a similar kind of talisman for Roberto Luongo. Check out “The Playoff Beard.”

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