The Dreaded Two-Goal Lead: Bowness and Salo together again, YoungStars, and the great Alain purge

Canucks news comes fast and furious, and sometimes we find ourselves playing catchup. Thankfully, the Dreaded Two Goal Lead – often called “the worst lead in hockey” – is super easy to come back from. Everybody knows it’s a guaranteed death sentence for those that hold it. Well, much like an ice hockey team coming from two goals down, PITB will now effortlessly catch up.

Rick Bowness joins the Tampa Bay Lightning

While the Canucks continue their search for new suits behind the bencjh, one of their recently-dismissed coaches has already found new employment. On Monday, Rick Bowness made himself the envy of Roberto Luongo, effortlessly transitioning from Vancouver to Florida. He’s the newest assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It’s a good hire for the Lightning, who made the mistake a few years back of hiring rookie head coach Guy Boucher and then surrounding him with similarly inexperienced coaches. This time around, they’ve opted to make sure that, while another young face is running the show in Jon Cooper, he’s got a veteran of the coaching game alongside him in Bowness.

Steve Yzerman wasted no time in getting Bowness.

“Two days after I got fired in Vancouver, I got two calls,” Bowness told Ben Kuzma at the Province. “I looked at management. I looked at (general manager) Stevie Yzerman. I’ve always been a fan of him as a player and a person. He stayed in the game and paid his dues. I believe he’s going to build a winner.”

But let’s be honest. We all know the real reason Bowness went with Tampa. Like most of us, he misses Sami Salo. Be careful when you hug him, Rick. He’s the same.

Dallas Eakins gets interview number two

Moving on to the Canucks’ coaching search, on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that Dallas Eakins was likely to get a second interview with Vancouver, and on Thursday, Darren Dreger upped the ante: Eakins was spotted at the airport.


If you’re wondering why somebody might not want the Canucks’ coaching job, this is it right here. Eakins is just a candidate for the gig, and it’s got him being followed through the airport like a friggin’ drug mule. Our problem is we care too much.

Canucks still a bunch of fitness freaks

Alex Edler headed back to Sweden Wednesday, but before he did, he met with Canucks’ conditioning guru Roger Takahashi to establish his summer workout routine and brought along for the session. They took some video and Derek Jory wrote a story on what turned out to be a little mini-reunion, with Chris Higgins, Daniel Sedin, and Kevin Bieksa all happening by with the cameras rolling.

The whole thing worth a read, if only for Daniel Sedin walking in on the scene and apparently assuming that he had just wandered onto the set of a porno.

Edler was mid-plank when, out of the blue, Daniel Sedin walked in. He saw the cameras and asked if he should take his shirt off.


YoungStars returning to Penticton

Good news if you’re a fan of white helmets with blue jerseys: the YoungStars tournament is coming back to Penticton next year!

The 2012 tournament, which would have been the third annual event, was cancelled due to the lockout. But on Thursday, the Canucks announced that they would simply puck up where they left off this fall.

“We’re pleased to host the Young Stars Classic in Penticton once again,” said Canucks President and General Manager, Michael D. Gillis. “Our fans, partners and the city of Penticton have made Young Stars a tremendous event over the past two tournaments and we look forward to continuing the tradition this year. This is a great opportunity to assess prospects and their development in a competitive environment with the support of passionate fans.”

[...] ”It is amazing the amount of energy and excitement having five NHL teams coming into our community brings to fans who might otherwise never be able to see an NHL caliber hockey game. These Young Stars are a pleasure to watch as the hockey is fast, hard hitting and intense,” commented Event Chair and City Councillor Andrew Jakubeit. “The Young Stars Classic will be more of a hockey festival theme this year, which will make it a ‘must attend’ event for any hockey fan while also providing significant economic impact and exposure for our community and facilities.”

I like the idea of Penticton trying to turn the tournament into more of a hockey festival. The last time I was there, the event was under-attended and far too quiet. With the top prospects from five NHL teams in town, it should be a much larger-scale event.

The Great Alain Purge of 2013

Meanwhile, in other Vancouver sports news, the Whitecaps announced on Thursday that they had traded defender Alain Rochat to DC United for picks. I don’t know much about soccer, but apparently, Rochat’s was the club’s best defender, and the move left many scratching their heads.

I know what’s going on here: with Vigneault gone and now this, it’s clear that the city is ridding itself of any and all Alains in an effort to start anew. If you know an Alain, hide him. They’re coming.



  1. Blueliner
    June 6, 2013

    “If you know an Alain, hide him. They’re coming.”

    LOOOL. This is why I love PITB.

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    • Tom
      June 7, 2013

      For the easy humor?
      Sorry guys, that comment has been on my mind for a long time.

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      • Blueliner
        June 7, 2013

        Not only the easy humor but also for the hidden references too!
        You need a balance between them or else you’d be scratching your brain trying to get all these references throughout an article. PITB found the right balance for my taste!

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  2. rvtBC
    June 6, 2013

    Although Rochat would be all “aw shucks” at being called the best Caps’ defender, that’s bit of a stretch. Rochat is good though, top 3 likely, but a large part of his value is that he’s very versatile and can play a few positions. Plus, a lot of the ladies like him.

    That said, it’s good to see the inter-breeding of Canucks’ and Caps’ talk on PITB. Yet another reason why I habitually check PITB for the latest and greatest Canucks’ musings.

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  3. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    June 6, 2013

    Wait, why did they trade Rochat?! This is like last year. :(

    (Jay DeMerit is likely the club’s best defender, but he’s out for the season. Andy O’Brien probably takes that title this year).

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  4. Amor de Cosmos
    June 6, 2013

    Y.P. Lee is also a better two-way defender than Rochat, and Jonny Leveron already looks more comfortable back there. It’s a good deal for the Caps — provided they use the draft picks well. Rochat is moderately OK at number of things, but not really good at anything. He’s also expensive (as non-DPs go) moving him will free up cap space.

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    • Neil B
      June 7, 2013

      Amor, you seriously need to update your Wikipedia page. They think that you’re dead.

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      • Amor de Cosmos
        June 7, 2013

        Most days I am.

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  5. the real bob
    June 6, 2013

    Can Bowness take Ballard with him too?

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  6. KB
    June 6, 2013

    Rochat’s been a disappointment this year. I think it’s a reasonable move. He makes 190K and he doesn’t play a build up game, still reverts to the long ball; not as stellar on D as he was in previous years. rumor was too he showed up in camp out of shape. I’ve found him to be not that impressive in many games this year…opens up space, roster and cap, for others.

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  7. Dani
    June 6, 2013

    I didn’t get to read anything after “Sami Salo,” because the tears were blurring my vision.

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  8. Nee
    June 6, 2013

    I always knew Daniel Sedin was a perv. #notedperv #noted #perv

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