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 quick topics.
Dear Vancouver, Dustin Brown once loved you
With the Kings and Sharks set to play a Game 7 Tuesday night, Los Angeles Kings’ captain Dustin Brown was asked about any Game 7 memories he had from growing up. His answer was a surprising one. The 1994 Stanley Cup Final, which you’ll recall featured a certain local team:
“One memory I have was the ’94 finals,” Brown said, via Mayor’s Manor. ”I was a Vancouver fan then, everyone else in my hometown was a Ranger fan. We all know how that turned out.”
Brown was then asked why he was a Canucks fan, a reasonable inquiry since a) he grew up in New York, and b) we always assumed being a Canucks fan isn’t a choice, it’s something you’re born with, because who would actively choose a life at odds with a society that doesn’t understand?
Snot-nosed hockey fans like Li’l Dustin Brown, that’s who. His answer: ”By default of everyone else being Ranger fans.”
Considering how that 1994′s Game 7 ended, we’ll assume Brown learned a valuable lesson about cheering for the Canucks to upset others: when all is said and done, the only one that will be upset is you.
Relive the Canucks’ season with all the depressing parts taken out
Late next month, we’ll be starting in on our annual every goal series, where we take a look at each and every tally the Canucks scored, player by player, but if you want to see them all in order now, you can. Youtuber VanCanucksForLife (who we’ll assume, from that handle, is a Canucks fan), has cut them all together in three separate videos, sorted by month.
We’ll assume he’s hard at work on April, and that, like many Canucks fans, he’s going to pretend May never happened.
Alex Burrows joins Twitter, which means he also joins the line
Alex Burrows signed up for Twitter last week, perhaps after watching his teammates make fun of him all season without the ability to jump in and make things worse. While his arrival probably won’t start to yield much comedy gold until next season, Roberto Luongo likely won’t be here next season, so he had to start in right away. Funny Bob welcomed Burrows to the club appropriately:
—Strombone (@strombone1) May 23, 2013
Awesome. But it occurs to me that this line is woefully incomplete. If being on Twitter gets you a place in line, there are several Canucks that need to be added to this naked conga, post-haste. Someone get on that.
On Mike “The Inheritor” Gillis
We’ve all heard the criticism: Mike Gillis didn’t build this team. He just inherited it.
But as Rob the Hockey Guy points out in a quality blog post, it’s an empty criticism, since basically every successful GM since the dawn of time inherited critical components. Recommended reading.
Alain Vigneault will probably have a new job soon
The Dallas Stars, like the Vancouver Canucks, are in search of a new coach. They have a leg up, too, since Alain Vigneault, arguably the best guy on the market, is allowed to be on their list of candidates. Are they interested? Yeah, probably, especially since Vigneault and new Stars’ GM Jim Nill go way back. From Mike Heika at the Dallas News:
Nill played with Vigneault while both were in the Blues organization back in the early ‘80s, and the two also were a part of the Ottawa Senators in the early ‘90s, when Nill was a scout and Vigneault was an assistant coach.
[...] “I think that’s always going to play a role in any hiring you do,’’ said Nill. “You’re always going to be more comfortable with someone you know.’’
Of course, Nill isn’t the only member of the Stars Vigneault knows well. Between the beloved Aaron Rome and his favourite comedian Vernon Fiddler, if Dallas comes a-courting, Vigneault will likely go a-coaching.
Jannik Hansen as Ric Flair? Jannik Hansen as Ric Flair.
Finally, thanks to Canucks Army for tipping us to this great post we missed at Smug Nation in which several members of the Vancouver Canucks are photoshopped onto the bodies of professional wrestlers. Jannik Hansen as Ric Flair is downright incredible:
Be sure to check out the rest. Daniel and Henrik Sedin as Owen and Bret Hart, respectively, is pretty fantastic.Tags: Alain Vigneault, dustin brown, spitballin