Kevin Bieksa chats with the Jeff O’Neil show about the lockout, Rick Rypien, and Tweepers

With the NHL lockout in just-short-of-full-swing (bunt?), Canucks players are left with a lot of time on their hands. Some fill that time with hunting wildlife, angering animal lovers, and discussing the merits of sneezing, but Kevin Bieksa is apparently filling that time with silly interviews.

Bieksa once again appeared on 99.3 The Fox’s Jeff O’Neil Show and, knowing Bieksa and his tendency towards quotability, we knew it would be worth a listen. His last appearance on the show yielded such gems as Mason Raymond’s irritability when his face is damaged, tips on manscaping your chest (“It’s 2011, not 1973. You gotta keep things tight.”), and Bieksa flat out calling one of the host’s questions “stupid.”

What gifts did Bieksa have for us in Tuesday’s interview? Take a listen.

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Henrik Sedin, the best player born September 26th, and other Canucks that rule their birthdays

September 26th was a special day for Henrik Sedin. It’s the day on which his brother, Daniel, whom he loves very much, was born 32 years ago. (I guess he was too, since they’re twins.)

But the Sedins’ 33rd birthday will mean even more to Henrik. As Joe Pelletier points out, the eldest Sedin’s 747 career points mean he is very close to becoming the highest-scoring player in NHL history… born on September 26.

Okay, it’s not that impressive. But it’s more impressive than you think.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov demonstrates the best way to pass it to Bulis (VIDEO)

We don’t normally feature the exploits of Jan Bulis on this site — just his likeness and name, thank you very much — but occasionally something happens that a blog named “Pass it to Bulis” can’t ignore. Last week, it was when a Russian reporter made Bulis aware that we existed during an interview.

This week, it’s the best pass to Bulis you’re probably ever going to see.

Monday night, Traktor Chelyabinsk winger Evgeny Kuznetsov set Bulis by deking Salavat Yulaev defender Vitaly Atyushov with an inside-outside dangle, then circling around behind the net and feeding Bulis in the crease for a tap-in. It was amazing. This, my friends, is how you pass it to Bulis.

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Separating Dan Cloutier the player from Dan Cloutier the coach

When the news came out that Dan Cloutier had been hired by the Canucks as a goaltending coach, fans were quick with the jeers, jabs, and jokes. For most Canucks fans, the main memory they have of Cloutier comes from the first round of the 2002 playoffs, when Nicklas Lidstrom scored from centre ice.

That goal broke the 1-1 tie in game three with the Canucks up 2-0 in the series. Detroit would go on to win the game 3-1, the series 4-2, and the Stanley Cup.

In the 2003 playoffs, Cloutier lost his composure in the second round against the Minnesota Wild, going after Dwayne Roloson in a melee at the end of the second period of game five after giving up 6 goals already. The Canucks were up 3-1 in the series at that point; the Wild won that game and the next two to comeback and win the series, scoring 9 goals on Cloutier in the final two games.

In 2004, after the best season of his career, Cloutier was robbed of the chance to make amends for his previous playoff collapses with an ankle injury that took him out of the playoffs. The subsequent NHL lockout took away another opportunity for redemption and injuries ended his 2005-06 season. After that, the Canucks acquired Roberto Luongo and Cloutier was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, leaving his only legacy as a Canuck one of bitter disappointment.

None of that matters one bit when it comes to the Canucks hiring him as a goaltending coach.

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