Alex Edler will not be in the Hardest Shot contest, let’s all be outraged

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” While I have no proof of it, it seems like Alex Edler has taken Roosevelt’s philosophy on foreign policy as his own personal philosophy. Alex Edler is quiet, humble, and reserved, but also has a massive slap shot from the point.

Edler is a three-time winner of the hardest shot competition at Canucks Superskills, and topped out the radar gun at 103 mph in 2009. Which makes Daniel Alredsson’s decision not to use Edler in the Hardest Shot competition at this year’s All-Star Game absolutely baffling.

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Drance Numbers: Does Mike Gillis think Travis Moen can suppress shooting percentage?

Since the Canucks’ defeat in the Stanley Cup Finals at the hands of the rough and tumble Boston Bruins, the acquisition of size and grit has become an obsession within the Canucks fanbase. (Obsession might even be under-selling it; the word “fetish” may well be more accurate). According to many, the team needs more of both, especially in the bottom six.

To this end, Travis Moen, who made up one third of the best checking line in recent memory alongside Rob Niedermayer and Sami Pahlsson on the 2007 Cup-winning Anaheim Ducks, has become a favoured object of desire for fans of the team.

Yesterday morning on the team 1040, TSN’s Pierre Lebrun indicated that the Canucks were likely to take a long, hard look at the winger, now with the Montreal Canadiens. “When I look at the Canucks,” Lebrun said, “I think they’d like to add some grit in their bottom-six forward group. I look at a guy like Travis Moen… that’s the kind of guy they have their eye on. He’s a UFA July 1, so he’s your typical rental. A lot of teams like him. But I think Vancouver will be in that mix.”

Canuck fans got excited. As I’ve taken to saying, the Vancouver fanbase at the moment has a raging collective Moener.

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Midseason report card: PITB grades the Canucks

With the Canucks’ 2011-12 season more than half over, it’s time for some midseason report cards. Who passes? Who fails? (Hint: nobody fails. We have a strict “no player left behind” policy.)

Full disclosure: We don’t really like giving the players grades. It’s not that We’re hippy liberals that subscribe to a no-grades, let-the-students-teach-the-teachers model of education. We just think it’s silly to grade the players when they all have such different roles and skillsets. How can you possibly judge Dale Weise and Daniel Sedin on the same curve? You can’t.

But this post was requested by superiors, and we at PITB are acquiescent to a fault.

These grades are therefore based on our observations both of what players are capable of overall and of how close they’ve come to that this year. There are, therefore, a lot of subjective assumptions, so please bear that in mind when spewing your rage-filled disagreement in the comments.

Finally, just as in school, grades range from A to F (with E conspicuously absent from a system that rates a students’ knowledge of the alphabet). But, unlike grade school (and perhaps in homage to advanced statisticians), there are no pluses or minuses in our system. You simply get an A if you were excellent, a B if you were good, a C if you were average, a D if you were poor, and an F if you fail.

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