Spitballin’ on Brendan Gaunce, intro songs, and Kassian’s MMA training

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 topics that deserve mention.

Brendan Gaunce has been killing it lately

The Canucks first round pick in 2012 didn’t get off to the best start this season, partly due to a second degree shoulder separation he suffered back in October. He had 18 points through his first 26 games – solid production, but not what the Canucks had hoped after he scored 68 points in 68 games last season. Since then, however, Gaunce has been ripping up the OHL, scoring 17 points in 10 games, including a run of 6 goals and 11 points in 6 games.

Considering the lack of depth at center right now for the Canucks, it’s heartening to see Gaunce turn his season around. It may not be long before Gaunce is skating in a Canucks jersey.

The Canucks are looking for a new intro song or two

The Canucks have skated onto the ice to U2′s “Where the Streets Have No Name” for ages, but the song has its detractors, mainly based off the opening lyrics: “I want to run, I want to hide.”

Now the Canucks are looking for a new intro song, but they’re not getting rid of the old one. They apparently just want to mix things up a bit and are asking for help from the fans.

The video is worth watching if only to see Laurence Gilman pretend to take the Canucks’ intro song super, super seriously. Also, to see Bruce Allen suggest that the Canucks should get in touch with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback to write a custom intro song, which immediately invalidates every single opinion he previously expressed.

We here at PITB have a strong pro “Where the Streets Have No Name” stance, but we’re open to change. That is, we’re open to change if it means that “Bieksa Real Good” becomes the new Canucks intro song.

Things sure turned around quickly in Toronto

After the Leafs’ first two games of the season, in which Ben Scrivens only allowed 3 goals total, Leafs fans had essentially decided that they didn’t need Roberto Luongo. Scrivens was the answer in net, apparently. Now, just two games later, the panic is back, after the Leafs lost 7-4 to the Islanders, with Scrivens giving up 5 goals on 25 shots, with some of them being truly terrible.

At least, Steve Simmons would have you believe that the Leafs are desperate for Luongo again. I say, if teams gave up on a goalie every time they gave up 5 goals, the Canucks couldn’t trade Luongo away because they would have already gotten rid of Cory Schneider after the first game of the season.

Kassian trained in MMA, gave Ben Eager a concussion

I can’t help but think that these two things are connected in some way. Mike Gillis revealed on the Team 1040 that Zack Kassian did some MMA training during the off-season. To quote Gillis, “I really like the outcome.”

One of those outcomes: a concussion for Ben Eager. Kassian nailed Eager with a couple good punches in their fight during the Canucks’ game against the Oilers. Gillis said that he wanted Kassian to be ready for when he is challenged on the ice, and he clearly was.

Gillis also said, “I’d prefer that he didn’t fight guys that are were limited players,” suggesting that an Eager/Kassian tradeoff wasn’t a great deal for the Canucks. As Gillis said, he “shouldn’t bother with those guys.” I agree. Kassian was arguably the best player on the ice in that game. Losing him for five minutes took away the possibility of him scoring another goal.

Speaking of Kassian, he cannot believe that he’s getting a penalty

These two photos by Ian Lindsay (PNG) and Darryl Dyck (CP) from the game against the Flames are absolutely hilarious, especially when viewed together.

Yes, Kassian, planking on a goaltender is a penalty. It’s in the new CBA.

It’s early in the season, so maybe don’t panic

It’s absolutely true that the Canucks have struggled to start the season. They’ve given up 2-goal leads twice in a row and have only picked up 3 of a possible 6 points. It’s also only three games in. To highlight exactly how ridiculous it would be to panic right now, with a Canucks win against the Ducks and a Wild loss to the Red Wings, the Canucks would finish the night first in the Northwest Division.

So, y’know, don’t flip the pool. I know it’s winter and you’re not swimming in it right now, but you’ll regret it when summer comes around again.

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22 comments

  1. Mack
    January 25, 2013

    Helter Skelter for intro song.

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  2. Chinstrap Joe
    January 25, 2013

    Has anyone made the Zack Kassian/Tiger Williams comparison? They may be cut from the same cloth. Entertaining for sure…

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    • Rituro
      January 25, 2013

      I’d take that comparison. Really, I’d accept almost anything just so long as people stop comparing Kassian to Bertuzzi.

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    • Pinch
      January 25, 2013

      Same haircut too.

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    • Snepsts
      January 25, 2013

      I love Tiger Williams, my childhood hero, but he did not have hands like that.

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  3. BoldeRevolution
    January 25, 2013

    Du Hast is a hockey psyche-up song waiting to happen.

    As for possible goalie trades, the Caps are in the same boat as the Leafs, except they’re an elite goalie away from contending for the Cup and not just 8th-place mediocrity.

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    • Frank N
      January 25, 2013

      Perhaps true for the Caps but what do they have in return for the Canucks? Not that much.

      Too bad Hartnell got injured and Briere hasn’t returned for the Flyers. Luongo for Couturier would be a great deal for us!

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      • BoldeRevolution
        January 25, 2013

        Yeah, you’re right. I wouldn’t even want Ovechkin these days, regardless of cap space. Being a Caps fan would be like being a Canucks fan without the modest highs we’ve had.

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      • C4NUCK
        January 25, 2013

        I totally agree with the Couturier idea, I was just suggesting it to a buddy after Philly’s last loss. Of course, it would only happen if Holmgren lost his mind but I’d be totally in favour of it. I’d also be in favour of a trade with Wahsington if it netted us Evgeny Kuznetsov but that will never happen either.

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  4. Nee
    January 25, 2013

    Re: Gaunce.

    “Considering the lack of depth at center right now for the Canucks, it’s heartening to see Gaunce turn his season around.”

    If I’m not mistaken, he’s been tearing it up because he was switched to wing, awhile ago. At least, according to a tweet from Tyson Giuriato, who keeps tabs on Canucks prospects.

    https://twitter.com/TysonGiuriato/status/293127875715018752

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  5. Mallick
    January 25, 2013

    After that penalty, Zack Kassian looked up at the ref, saw that there was a penalty and yelled “No!”

    I’m serious. That picture is evidence, and you could hear him yell it on the broadcast. I just wish it had been in slow motion.

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  6. K9
    January 25, 2013

    Vox Populi by 30 Seconds to Mars?

    Not a particularly well known number, but it’s got a good arrangement of musical elements that would suit an intro song. The lyrics are suitable too, mostly. Although, I could see how some people might say that it wouldn’t pump the crowd up enough…

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  7. Lenny
    January 25, 2013

    Trent Reznor’s version of Immigrant Song for the intro song. It’s a war song.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      January 25, 2013

      Or hell, why not the original. Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” would be killer.

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      • Zach Morris
        January 25, 2013

        set to a video of the Sedins, themselves Vikings?
        yes please!

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  8. Michael
    January 25, 2013

    New World Order by Ministry would be sweet. Or, if you wish to keep it closer to home Supercoolwagon by Sons Of Freedom.
    Aaand just to throw it out there, Slave To My Dick by the Subhumans because of the Roxy.

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  9. Daniel Wagner
    January 25, 2013

    Personally, I’d love to see the Canucks use something Swedish to pay tribute to the many Swedish stars in their history. You could probably do something cool with “New Noise” by Refused, “Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones” by The Hives, “By the Grace of God” by The Hellacopters, “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake” by The Sounds, or any number of Opeth, In Flames, or At The Gates songs.

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  10. Sean
    January 25, 2013

    Why not use U2′s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” instead? Because, you know, they still haven’t found the Stanley Cup, which is what they’ve been looking for since 1970.

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  11. the Cunning Linguist
    January 25, 2013

    “To highlight exactly how ridiculous it would be to panic right now, with a Canucks win against the Ducks and a Wild loss to the Red Wings, the Canucks would finish the night first in the Northwest Division.”

    Good call.

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  12. TheOldFirm
    January 25, 2013

    It’s not in English, but I’d vote for Zerstören by Rammstein

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  13. Cathylu
    January 26, 2013

    That photo of Zack needs to become an Internet meme (with someone else supplying the witty captions because I can’t thing of any right now).

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  14. Adam Nowek
    January 26, 2013

    I’m so glad that the people commenting here don’t get to choose what the intro song is. Yikes.

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