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.
Cory Schneider, big asset
I was one of many saying that Mike Gillis should look to trade Cory Schneider at the deadline for some help on the blueline’s right side (and I remain convinced that Schneider was available if a team was willing to pay big), but Gillis instead chose to place his trust in Chris Tanev and hold on to Schneider for the playoff run as goaltending insurance.
This is, of course, not without its risks. (Personally, I’m more annoyed Gillis didn’t bring in a veteran D-man than I am that he traded Hodgson.) But the payoff could be immense.
In the last month, the goaltending landscape in the NHL has changed drastically. Many teams are having goaltending issues down the stretch, and they likely won’t have these issues sorted out by the draft. There may not have been many suitors early in the year when a lot of teams liked their guys, but as the season’s worn on, the list of teams that could use Cory Schneider’s services continues to grow. Now it’s nearly half the league.
Unlike last year, when the goalie market was so slim Tomas Vokoun had to settle for a cheap, one-year deal, Schneider will be highly coveted this summer. He’ll likely have two years of strong playoff experience, he won’t cost a boatload to re-sign, and he would be a welcome upgrade in New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay, Washington, Winnipeg, Chicago, Columbus, Colorado and Edmonton. Talk about a bidding war. If Schneider is traded, he should bring a bounty in return.
Cory Schneider, big ass
Here’s a video in which Kevin Bieksa discusses how much Schneider means to the Canucks, then intentionally mishears an Iain MacIntyre question to comedic effect.
The best part is the “Why I oughta” afterward. More threatening the media, please.
Cody Hodgson: still a nerd
In case it wasn’t clear that trading hypernerd Cody Hodgson for monstrous Zack Kassian upgrades the Canucks’ toughness, consider the following images, taken from their first games with their new clubs:
Oh, what’s that you say? The cameraman just happened to catch Hodgson at an angle where he looked extra dorky and fragile and you selectively contrasted it with a photo of Kassian snarling and looking tough? You’re telling me this is highly manipulative and doesn’t speak to skill level in the slightest?
All valid points. You’re adorable. Go play outside.
S*** Canucks fans don’t say
And finally, Legion of Blog’s “S*** Canucks Fans Say” did so well that they were unable to resist the temptation to make a sequel. Did they ruin the franchise, George Lucas-style? No. “S*** Canucks Fans Don’t Say,” is pretty darn good, as sequels go. It’s no The Empire Strikes Back, but neither is it Attack of the Clones, so I’d call it a success:
Ryan Kesler’s photo? Not at all sexually confusing, says the guy who claims women look “Trevor Linden good.”Tags: cory schneider is a big ass, one day gillis actually will trade schneider, spitballin