Anti-Fantasy League: Week 18

Look out, holidayblues: invisibleairwaves is coming for you.

If you’ve been following the Anti-Fantasy League posts each week, you will have noticed holidayblues consistently atop the leader board. She has had sole possession of first place since Week 4, excepting Week 9 when Joeducklow managed to tie her briefly before falling back 9 points the following week.

Invisibleairwaves, however, has been gradually gaining ground. A few weeks ago, he was 11 points back. Last week, he was just 5 points behind holidayblues. This week, he’s just one point away from first place.

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Mike Duco has earned a job with the Canucks; here’s hoping he gets to keep it

Dale Weise’s rookie campaign has to be considered a minor success. Sure, we could dwell on the things that he’s failed to do, such as provide much in the way of energy or offense (apart from a spiffy end-to-end rush versus the Ottawa Senators). And, despite dropping the gloves a handful of times, Weise has been far from the intimidating rat poison the Canucks have needed.

Still, the former Ranger has been quietly effective in his first full season. Despite his inexperience, Weise has done a great job keeping the puck out of his own net and moving it out from the defensive zone, where he starts most of his shifts. As fourth line wingers go, he’s been one of the most competent and defensively sound the Canucks have iced since the lockout. Frankly, his ability to not suck has been a breath of fresh air.

Of course, quiet effectiveness isn’t exactly what you want from your energy guy, and after seeing what Mike Duco has managed to do in that same role, it’s hard to argue that Duco shouldn’t be the new Dale Weise.

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Spitballin’ on Bieksa throwing a glove, Burrows and O’Brien’s odd relationship, and stuff Canucks fans say

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.

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