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.
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.Tags: Brendan Gaunce, Flip the pool, intro song, spitballin, Zack Kassian