Spitballin’ (or Super Pass ITBulis: 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.

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David Booth finally fights bears

Elliott Pap tweeted this afternoon that David Booth reminds him of former Canuck Matt Pettinger, I assume because of his great hockey hair and lack of scoring. As for me, Booth seems to have more in common with Tanner Glass, what with his penchant for taking down bears.

The moment I heard Booth hunts bears (in defense of precious blueberries), I immediately went through multiple photo galleries in search of a fight photo into which I could photoshop a bear or two. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one. It’s not surprising: prior to Friday night, Booth had only ever picked up one fighting major in his career, and alas, it seemed there was no photo evidence of it.

Needless to say, while Booth has been unlucky so far this year, with 0 goals through 12 games, his misfortune was my gain, as his frustration got the better of him and he decided to take it out on Steve Nichol. Or try to, at least — Nichol won the fight. But I was a winner too, because the incident finally provided me a bearifiable photo. And it looks like the bears are winning as well.

Seriously, the Canucks really miss Christian Ehrhoff

Have you checked out Christian Ehrhoff’s stats in Buffalo lately? He’s got the worst plus/minus on the team, but he’s also their highest scoring defenseman. In other words, he’s still Christian Ehrhoff.

That said, as much as he maintains the same flaws, it’s been pretty apparent through 12 games that the Canucks are missing his his strengths — most notably his offense and his top-four-ness – a little more than we (and they) thought they would. The Canucks are struggling to score five-on-five, and they remain a top four defenseman and a regular Alex Edler partner short.

Sure, we’ve seen that Salo and Edler are a perfect match, but Salo’s fine china, not the everyday dishes. And Keith Ballard may have the durability (and the cap hit), but he doesn’t have the reliability or flexibility to be Edler’s right-side partner.

All of this is a major concern. Expect the Canucks to bring in another defenseman before the season is through.

Dan Hamhuis just wants to help

Great work by Miss21Lover on this animated gif, taken from that bizarre sequence during Vancouver’s visit to Minnesota where Maxim Lapierre tried to throw Cal Clutterbuck into the Canucks’ bench and Clutterbuck punched a linesman in self-defense.

While Lapierre and Clutterbuck were at the heart of this fiasco, there were actually three 10-minute misconducts handed out on the play, as Dan Hamhuis picked one up from the bench as well, what for trying to assist Lapierre in getting Clutterbuck over the boards. The gif above features the arm of Kevin Bieksa pulling Hamhuis away.

It’s a seemingly out of character moment for the generally peaceful Hamhuis — that is, until you stop and consider that he was doing what he always does: just trying to lend a hand. Only Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis would find a way to get a penalty for helping.

What was Lapierre thinking, anyway?

Maybe some of you were a little quicker on the uptake than I was on this one, but it just occurred to me that Lapierre probably wasn’t trying to throw Clutterbuck into the bench on a whim. If I learned anything from the finger-waving incident during the Stanley Cup Final, it’s that Lapierre isn’t simply satisfied to taunt; he also likes to make reference to past incidents. In this case, his efforts to dump Clutterbuck were likely an attempt to recreate this classic moment from last season.

More of Luongo and Burrows, please

It’s a shame that Alex Burrows is hurt now and the Canucks keep losing, because I love that bizarre little dance that they do whenever the Canucks win a game. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a sketch by frequent collaborator Chloe Ezra.

I want to see it more often, because it’s hilarious.

Forum Fun! It might be too early to start thinking about playoffs

From sami-salo.tumblr.com (which is in the running for our second favourite Canucks tumblr account) comes this solid exchange from the hive of scum and villainy that is the Canucks.com message boards. In a thread titled “will we make the playoffs?”, kanestaxidriver requests a “simple yes or no with a few sentence explanation”, eliciting the following response from David Booth:

I think if we fall to 9th or worse in the conference, we wont make it, however, if we finish in the top 8, I firmly believe we’ll make it. 

Smartass. I am dubious that this is the real David Booth.

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2 comments

  1. Becanucks
    November 5, 2011

    The thing we miss more about Errorhoff is not so much his top-fouresque play that his left-shooter-playing-on-the-right-esque play. Edler on the right is lost, Ballard can’t hipcheck on the right and can’t seem to adapt either. That’s why Salo’s minutes were too high. That’s how Burr end up manning the point on PP1. I think Tanev could be an answer, but who knows?

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  2. The Bookie
    November 5, 2011

    -that .gif is hypnotizing and oddly sexual

    -a player going into the benches is the absolute pinnacle of hockey awesomeness

    -there’s a photo on that Salo tumblr that makes a great case for Edler getting a beaver animal nickname

    -I don’t see how we can avoid adding an NHL-caliber Dman. I think the Canucks could (maybe) make the playoffs with the current crowd, but we would not make it past the 1st or 2nd rnd.

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