At some point in time the Blue Jays are going to have to stop feeding us the intricacies of the developmental process and actually go for it.  They can’t possibly wait until they are only one veteran short of contention—no team is that perfect—and if they do their window will close beforehand.  They have to [...]

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Like a disputed goal, hockey movies need to be reviewed. More accurate than the War Room in Toronto, more exciting than a referee’s microphone malfunction, it’s PITB’s Under Review. First up: 1986′s Youngblood, starring Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Cynthia Gibb. Fair warning: there will be spoilers.

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The Whitecaps 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire was laced with irony. Ironic that a team that has been the victim of individual errors all season benefited from two of them on Sunday, and ironic that the starting eleven and formation was startlingly similar to one that could have been put out by former coach [...]

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Manny Malhotra was not signed by the Canucks to provide offense, instead taking over the defensive duties of Ryan Kesler, enabling Kesler to stop doing Selke-related activities and focus on offense. This, of course, led to Kesler winning the Selke award as he scored 41 goals. Observations pointing out that this makes no sense whatsoever and that the Selke award is nearly nonsensical at this point are welcomed, but will change nothing.

Even though Malhotra started an incredible 75% of his shifts in the defensive zone, leading the NHL, he managed to finish fifth on the Canucks in fewest goals against per 60 minutes while facing the toughest competition of all Canucks forwards. Oh yeah, and he managed to score 11 goals while doing all of this. In his five previous seasons, Manny averaged 11 goals, 19 assists, and 30 points. This season, he hit those averages dead on, while playing in a far more defensive role. It was an incredibly impressive season that ended in an agonizing what-if, as the Canucks playoff run could have been a completely different story if Malhotra wasn’t struck down by an errant puck in March.

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