Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few topics that deserve mention.
Dale Weise seems pretty excited
I know I tweeted this photo the other day, but I can’t get enough of it: that’s Dale Weise, watching the replay of his first career goal on the Jumbotron immediately after scoring it. He’s making pretty much the same face I would be.
I’m just going off what I’ve seen so far, but Weise seems to love it in Vancouver. When he removes that cobalt blue mouthguard of his, it’s impossible not to notice that he’s smiling from ear to ear (see above). He seemed positively giddy to be carving pumpkins with the kids at Canuck Place yesterday.
And why wouldn’t he love it? Weise spent four years in the Rangers organization, most of it with their AHL affiliate, just waiting for an opportunity to be a part of an NHL club. Now he’s with a winning organization, he’s contributing, he’s getting icetime, and best of all, he’s scoring. Here’s hoping we see more of this face.
Kevin Bieksa dressed as an elf
If you’ve ever wondered what Kevin Bieksa would look like as Buddy the Elf (and who hasn’t?), the man tweeted his Halloween costume last night. Here it is again, in case you missed it.
Twitter and Juice are about as perfect a match as we expected they’d be; Bieksa really seems to have figured it out in a hurry. He’s sharing odd pics, like the one above, he’s quipping (Great day for an outdoor event! Wondering how my naked Kesler costume is going to do in the cold rain…) and he’s tell the world when he’s eating lunch with friends (although who the Hell is Herb Bagel?).
We look forward to plenty more amusement from @kbieksa3.
Ryan Kesler as Sylvester (the cat, not the cross-dressing pop star)
Not to be outdone, Ryan Kesler tweeted his costume as well last night (and accidentally sent out a “Words With Friends” invite to everyone). Looks like Kesler either went as Sylvester the cat, or the guy from the room at the end of the hall in The Shining.
Kesler as Sylvester makes a lot of sense. He’s proud, persistent, only after one thing, and he plays through a ton of injuries. According to our old friend Wikipedia, “Sylvester has ‘died’ the most of any Looney Tunes characters.”
He and Kesler are kindred spirits.
Sami Salo is playing out of his mind
I talked earlier about how the Canucks were eager to limit Sami Salo’s minutes and therefore hesitant to pair him with Alex Edler, but it would appear they’ve abandoned this goal. They really had no choice, what with the way Salo’s been playing. He’s been dynamite.
Prior to Salo’s Achilles injury two summers ago, Rick Bowness talked him up as the Canucks’ best defenseman. This year, it hasn’t seemed that far-fetched at all: the guy has 3 goals and 5 assists in 11 games, good for ninth in the NHL among defensemen, but he’s not just getting his. Versus Washington, he made Alex Edler look fantastic, setting him up for a beautiful goal and finally providing a trustworthy stay-at-home presence, so that Edler could safely jump into rushes.
David Booth on After Hours
And lastly, because we didn’t manage to get to it over the weekend (particularly because the expected Keslurk happened elsewhere), here’s David Booth on After Hours. He’s a fairly vanilla interview (it would appear he’ll be taking over for Mason Raymond in more ways than one), but we do learn a few things about him.
First, he’s a very strong Christian. It’s impossible to miss that. Second, he’s either ridiculously humble or ridiculously unaware when it comes to his ravishing good looks. He claims his siblings look nothing like them, and that they’re lucky in this regard. Laughable; the man’s a still-chaste Dorian Gray.
And finally, it would appear that Booth will also be replacing Tanner Glass as the Canucks’ resident bear-hunter. Booth hunts bears with a crossbow (edit: because they eat all the blueberries noooooo) . Granted, it’s not nearly as impressive as bare-knuckle bear boxing, but still.Tags: After Hours, david booth, featured, Halloween, Salo, spitballin, spotlight