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.
Twins answer questions about fish
If you haven’t been following the Canucks’ Behind the Ice series, you should be, because it’s excellent, and episode six is no exception. The short, titled, “Twins answer questions about fish”, features Daniel and Henrik Sedin at the aquarium for a low-budget trivia contest centred around, yes, fish. It’s full of bad comedy, such as the opening bit, where host Kathy Anderson shows up in full diving gear and says, “Are you guys ready to scuba?”
Henrik: “No, we said shoot a…”
Daniel: “Few pictures of the aquarium.”
Terrible. And amazing.
On top of being very funny, the bit is also incredibly informative. We learn that Daniel’s favourite sushi dish is tuna tataki, we learn there ain’t no party like a Stefan (or Peter) Sedin crayfish party, we learn that Swedish fish are called “fish” in Sweden, and we learn that the twins find Finding Nemo terrifying.
But we aren’t just given answers. Henrik also leaves us pondering a brilliant question: What’s the name of the shark in Jaws?
Help wanted in the faceoff circle
It goes without saying that the Canucks are going to miss Kesler, just like they missed him the last time and the time before that, but one area where his absence will be felt even more than usual is in the faceoff circle. In his brief, seven-game stint, Kesler won 53.8% of his draws, tops among active Canuck centremen. With Malhotra gone, Kesler’s the team’s best faceoff man.
You probably knew that. But you may not know how bad Vancouver’s been in the circle this year compared to years past. For the past four seasons, they’ve been one of the top 10 faceoff teams in hockey. Since acquiring Malhotra two years ago, they’ve been top three. This year, they’re 20th.
The next time somebody suggests the Canucks put Manny Malhotra out of the lineup for any kind of roster or cap shenanigans, consider how much they miss him in this area. If they were comfortable playing him, they’d be playing him.
More like Stromburn, amirite?
Roberto Luongo is a fount of zingers, but you may have missed one of his best ones on Thursday. The victim? Ben Kuzma of The Province, who passed along a quote regarding Ryan Kesler’s broken foot from Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.
@benkuzma how are u tweeting this while giving him a back rub?
—Strombone (@strombone1) February 28, 2013
If you’ve been paying any attention to the Canucks’ beat writers on Twitter, you know that Kuzma and Overhardt are quite tight, and this unmistakable bond has led to a number of mini-conflicts between the Canucks and Overhardt, as the organization says one thing, only to have Overhardt tell Kuzma something else. Ryan Kesler’s ever-shifting injury status has been the topic du jour over the past few months.
And if you didn’t make that connection, Roberto Luongo clearly did.
Ryan Kesler? In denial about his injury status? You don’t say.
Speaking of Kesler’s status, here’s what Overhardt had to say about how someone could miss a broken foot for three days. From the Province:
“He didn’t want to know and it’s typical Kes — he’s living in denial about his injuries,” Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, told the TEAM 1040 on Thursday. “They (Canucks) were aware there was an incident in the first game and they tried to get through it. But we don’t know what he was going through with the pain and the swelling. But he’ll be back.”
Typical Kes indeed. Heck, we basically joked about this exact scenario from the game prior to the Stars game, when Kesler took a shot off the ankle two games prior to the foot injury in Dallas in a game versus the Blues:
Early in the first period, Ryan Kesler was hit in the ankle with a puck. He left the ice in visible pain. For a moment, I thought maybe the Canucks had been dealt the worst luck imaginable. Could Kesler really miss more time with another injury after only one game back in the lineup? But then I remembered that it’s Ryan Kesler, who once played an entire Stanley Cup Final series even though his lower-body had become detached from his upper-body like a Ken doll in the hands of a brat. No way he was going out again. I guarantee you, if there was a camera fixed on him as he waited for his next shift, it would have caught him barking “NO. YOU SHUT UP.” at his throbbing ankle.
Do we know this guy or what?
Aaron Rome to the Capitals?
The Canucks placed Aaron Volpatti on waivers Wednesday, only to see him claimed by the Washington Capitals on Thursday. It’s unfortunate, but it’s not the massive loss some are making it out to be. There are a great many fans that probably didn’t even know what Volpatti looks like. TV networks too:
Wrong Aaron, fellas.
The NHLPA Goals and Dreams Cup
And finally, free up seven minutes and watch this neat little mini-doc the NHLPA released Thursday on the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Cup, a celebrity event held in Crowsnestpass, Alberta. On August 16, former teammates of Rypien’s like Kevin Bieksa, Tanner Glass, and Darcy Hordichuk headed out to the late Rick Rypien’s hometown to hand out hockey gear to children and participate in a charity game. This is the story of that.Tags: Aaron Rome, Faceoffs, Kesler takes drastic action when it comes to injuries, Rick Rypien, spitballin, strombone1, The Twitters