Spitballin’ on Hansen to Denmark, Luongo to Toronto, and Higgins to Utah

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 quick topics.


Jannik Hansen might head back to Denmark, where he apparently goes by “Mister Smith”

So far, no one on the Vancouver Canucks has signed a contract to play in Europe during the lockout, other than prospects Alexandre Grenier and Nicklas Jensen who committed to doing so during the summer. On Monday, however, reports from Denmark indicated that Jannik Hansen was in discussions with his old team, the Rødovre Mighty Bulls, to play for them during the lockout.

Thanks to the lockout, I’m likely going to be very dependent on Google Translate for the next few months, and the translation made the Danish report very entertaining.

“Yes, it is not entirely impossible that I come to Denmark during the lockout, and if I do, it is of course only Rødovre, there may be a possibility.”

Certainly an interesting opinion but with reference to the previously described subject, is that despite this probably many stones to be overcome before we see “Mister Smith” could wear bulls-shirt.

So yes, it’s not “entirely impossible” that Hansen could head to Denmark, where he apparently has the nickname “Mister Smith.” If you check the original, it actually says “Mister Hansen,” which is far less entertaining. Apparently “Hansen” is the generic Danish last name. In the Danish dub of the Matrix, Hugo Weaving’s character is known as Agent Hansen.

In a better-translated quote, Hansen makes it clear that he’s in no hurry to sign in Denmark and it might not happen at all:

“I’m a little reluctant to go home to play for a month or three weeks,” he told Danish media. “I will wait a little and hopefully soon get a little clarity. Because if this is short, then there is no reason to go home and play. But if it is a whole season, I will of course play.”

Toronto Maple Leafs still have the hots for Roberto Luongo

The one connection Roberto Luongo had to the Maple Leafs that made it plausible he would waive his no-trade clause to head to Toronto was Francois Allaire. Luongo started training with Allaire when he was 14-years-old and the goaltending guru had a major influence on his style. He had even begun training with Allaire again last off-season.

So when Allaire parted ways with the Leafs in a somewhat less-than-pleasant manner, it could be speculated that the Leafs were out on a potential Luongo trade. Not so, according to reports from the Toronto Sun that the Leafs are still interested and that Burke has talked to Gillis about Luongo as recently as last weekend.

Whether Luongo would waive his no trade clause now that Allaire is no longer there is a bit of a moot point at the moment: trades cannot be made during the lockout as, technically, the players are no longer employed by their respective clubs.

John Shorthouse reads a book

It’s not just the players who are making alternate plans with the lockout looming. Canucks play-by-play man, John Shorthouse, needs to find some way to fill his time since it looks like he won’t have any games to call. It looks like he’ll be catching up on his reading.

Our thanks to SealCat for finding this and putting it up on Tumblr. Listen carefully once the season starts, as Shorty may have picked up a few…interesting new metaphors to use.

Chris Higgins joins the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL

In a surprise move, the Utah Grizzlies acquired Chris Higgins this morning.

Okay, so it’s not the same Chris Higgins, but the two players do have a bit in common other than their names. They’re both American, both were stars in the NCAA, and…okay, that’s where the similarities end.

The Sedins, Gangnam Style

It’s possible that you might have seen the music video for Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” Maybe. If you haven’t, you probably don’t have internet access, in which case I’m not sure how you’re reading this right now.

In any case, our pal Wyatt (aka. The Stanchion) made this marvelous gif from the video. You will like it.

NASA is working on a warp drive

This has nothing to do with the Canucks, but it’s still pretty mind-blowing.

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  1. jenny wren
    September 19, 2012

    I like it!

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  2. Aimee
    September 19, 2012

    If Shorty utters the words,”Inner goddess” during a game, that would be pretty priceless.

    PS – The first book is nothing, it’s the second and third books that are really jaw-dropping! ;-)

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  3. DrDa5id
    September 20, 2012

    If you want to learn more about warp drives some other physicists and I did a podcast explaining them to Zach Weinersmith from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal here: http://titaniumphysicists.brachiolopemedia.com/2012/02/20/episode-9-warp-drives-with-zach-weinersmith/

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  4. BakerGeorgeT
    September 20, 2012

    Mr Sedin, warp speed

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