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 quick topics.
Canucks no longer morally reprehensible?
The Canucks’ reputation took a hit last night, and I’m not simply referring to their renown as a team that flawlessly converts third-period leads into points. I’m taking about their reputation as the most arrogant and classless pack of cheating dirtbags in the league.
First, they entered Thursday’s action the only team with no supplemental discipline this season, belying their alleged dirtiness. By the end of the evening, they had lost even their paramount arrogance. According to John Tortorella, a respected authority on the subject after years of sociological field work, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the league’s most arrogant organization.
And, after watching Ryane Clowe’s poke of ill repute (which is, as an aside, is also what my biological grandparents called the act by which I was conceived), the Sharks are the latest, greatest cheaters.
A word on the Clowe job: I especially liked Darren Dreger’s praise of the Sharks’ winger’s admittedly impressive game, which included a pass on the illegal stickcheck:
Still on Clowe’s night.Love his compete. Fought Greene in 1st. Scored 3-3 goal.Asst on 5th and got away with bench trickery. Anything to win
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 6, 2012
I have very little moral outrage for what Clowe did. Sure, it was completely unsportsmanlike on the surface, but what’s more sportsmanlike than cheating? Everybody cheats in sports. The Canucks’ entire gameplan is based on capitalizing on teams being punished for cheating. (Hilariously and ironically, this gameplan was deemed unsportsmanlike last season.)
But, more than anything, I think this is evidence of how subjective morality is when it comes to sports. Clowe is the paragon of the tough, Canadian kid, so of course anything he does is evidence of the superior compete level in his DNA, but can you imagine if he was European or played for a team people would rather vilify? We’d have him cornered in a castle by now.
Playoff Pump-up Video
Any time Bhavin Solanki puts up a new clip, we’re going to give it some love on the blog. The kid’s got a great feel for editing and music and his latest, a short playoff pump-up video, attests to that.
Canucks Rule guys back with more Canucky parodies
Speaking of playoff videos, here’s the latest from RKB Productions, the guys that brought you that Rebecca Black parody “Game Day” last postseason. They’ve clearly improved musically, with Canuck-themed takes on Rihanna, LMFAO, and Maroon 5 songs all mashed into a surprisingly cogent and relatively on-key whole.
Extra points for filming at Dublin Crossing in Cloverdale. My band performed there a couple times. One night a woman flashed us, and I remember thinking, Man, if you flash us, you must flash everybody.
Jensen, Corrado to Chicago Wolves
Good news on the prospects front, as prospects Nicklas Jensen and Frank Corrado have joined the Chicago Wolves for the AHL playoffs. Both Jensen and Corrado are standouts on their OHL teams — the Oshawa Generals and the Sudbury Wolves, respectively — and both will gain some valuable pro experience from the playoff push.
Jensen you probably remember from training camp, but Corrado was there too, and he impressed everyone. Drafted four rounds after Jensen, Corrado stuck around nearly as long, getting some extra time with the Canucks’ coaching staff who saw a little more Kevin Bieksa in Corrado than they had expected.
Both have the opportunity to get a ton of icetime on the Wolves. With Chris Tanev and Byron Bitz up with the Canucks, the Wolves are down a puck-mover and a forward with some size. They’ve been using Brad Hunt, a first-year pro out of Bemidji State, to spearhead their attack when the pairing of Nolan Baumgartner and Kevin Connauton aren’t on the ice, but he’s a little shaky yet. If Corrado can prove to be a steadier breakout starter — a distinct possibility considering his plus-26 rating on a Sudbury team with a +2 goal differential — he could see top-four minutes down the stretch.
As for Jensen, Byron Bitz was playing center on a second line between Anton Rodin and Mark Mancari before his callup. Jordan Schroeder will likely move up to that spot, but if Craig MacTavish feels the second line is lacking in size and Jensen shows something, the big, swift, Danish winger could see a big, swift, Danish promotion.
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