Spitballin’ on Dale Weise’s arbitration, David Booth’s wisdom, and Mason Raymond’s future

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 quick topics.

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Dale Weise files for arbitration, guarantees himself employment

As far as we know, Mike Gillis is still in Florida, sleeping on Roberto Luongo’s doorstep in the hopes that Funny Bob eventually pities him enough to let him in. But Gillis will have to be back in town by July 27th, because that’s the date of Dale Weise’s salary arbitration hearing.

Yes, Weise filed for arbitration last week, in news so earth-shattering Jim Jamieson tacked it onto the end of a tweet about his follower count:

 

Why would Weise do this? Probably because he doesn’t know you aren’t allowed to use Dutch League stats. But while Weise doesn’t have the NHL numbers to walk away from the ruling with a big contract, the Canucks aren’t able to walk away at all. You can’t say no to a decision under $3.5 million, and replacement-level Weise will likely be hard-pressed to hit seven figures at all.

In other words, Weise didn’t file to make the big bucks. He filed to guarantee himself a market-value contract. So he’s already won.

Granted, his victory comes at a cost, and that cost is a day of being berated, belittled and made to look worthless. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks presented this photo as part of their argument:

“Your honour, I would like to submit this photo of our ‘enforcer’ getting his tongue punched right out of his mouth by Kyle Chipchura.” 

Deadspin loves David Booth

What do Patrick Kane and David Booth have in common? In terms of their after-hours activities, pretty much nothing, but the activities of both have become popular topics at Deadspin.

While Booth is no doubt working out and preparing for next season (because, contrary to popular opinion, he’s obsessive about that stuff), he’s also spending some time brushing up on his theology with Christian apologist and evangelist Ravi Zacharias.  Deadspin finds this amusing, and I agree that this exchange is indeed funny:

 

Ah yes, empirical verifiability, a phrase that’s right here in my notes from Dismissing Hume 101. 

David Booth and I disagree about a lot of things. Clearly, how to best spend your summer is one of them. What an interesting guy.

Does anybody love Raymond?

Mason Raymond’s first foray into unrestricted free agency has gone a lot like his play in the offensive zone: he did a great job getting there, but as soon as he arrived, he fell flat on his face. (Okay, that was mean.) Raymond still hasn’t found a new team, and while his agent says he’s fielding offers, nothing appears to be imminent. That’s too bad, because Raymond’s defensive awareness and bursts of skill and speed would make him a serviceable third-liner on many clubs.

There’s no doubt where he wants to go, and that’s Calgary, and on the first day of free agency, it looked like that’s where he was headed. Unfortunately, it turned out Raymond’s agent floated that stuff in the hopes of drumming up interest, and Calgary doesn’t appear to have much.

Raymond will find a new home, but the longer this goes on, the less likely it is to be a very good deal. I wouldn’t be surprised if Raymond wound up playing for under two million on a one or two-year deal. That in mind, I put this question to you: would you take Raymond on a deal like that? I absolutely would. His biggest issue in Vancouver was that, while he had a lot of good attributes, he was playing above his head and making more than he ultimately turned out to be worth. We’ll call it Taylor Pyatt syndrome.

Roberto Luongo talks more poker

If you still can’t get enough of Roberto Luongo’s poker exploits, the goaltender was the guest on the most recent Two Plus Two Pokercast. It’s mainly poker talk, as most pokercasts are, but there is a little bit of hockey slipped in there. My favourite part is when he talks about which of his Canuck teammates is the worst at poker: “They’re all the worst in their own way,” he says, sounding like a true Canucks fan.

Your Luongo poker update, by the way: he’s done. He busted on Day two.

But don’t cry for Luongo. He beat his brother, which, as we all know, was his primary objective. So consider his second World Series of Poker a roaring success.

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12 comments

  1. Sean
    July 12, 2013

    I’m not religious and I don’t wish to ever hunt, but something tells me hanging out with Booth for a day during the off-season would be a good time lol. He’s kind of a character just by being exactly who he is.

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  2. Keith
    July 12, 2013

    Much like Homer’s boxing career, it’s clear that Dale’s gameplan to win fights in the NHL is to use his exceptional chin to absorb punches until the other skater tires himself out.

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  3. PB
    July 12, 2013

    David Booth’s best moment still remains his “root beer summit” with those two tiny kids who got into the hockey fight in Florida. Weird, awkward, slightly creepy, hilarious and strangely jovial. Booth is the Spicoli of the NHL and we are better for it.

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  4. Kelvin Yu
    July 12, 2013

    So since Manny’s probably heading off to another team will the spitballin’ banner get changed? Or are pictures of Canuck players spitting a rare commodity?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 12, 2013

      Yeah, we’ll have to redo it once he signs somewhere else. Sad. It’s my favourite banner.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        July 12, 2013

        I’d be fine with keeping it, but if we can find a suitable picture of a current Canuck, I guess we can change it.

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        • Rituro
          July 12, 2013

          To be fair, you didn’t change the name of the blog when its patron saint left the team, so there is a precedent for keeping the Manny banner.

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          • Tom
            July 12, 2013

            I see what you are saying Rituro. It always makes me double-take when I see it though. He had… was it one really really good season here wasn’t it? Of course he contributed in the second, but come on… the first season he was so good. But the reasons that he’s no longer on the team make it sad when I see him dressed up.

            Like, bummer man…

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            • Tom
              July 12, 2013

              Ah, and decent column by the way Mr. Mooney.

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  5. Matt
    July 13, 2013

    Mason Raymond on a $1.5m/2yr deal? I’d take that in a heartbeat. He’s never been quite the same since his injury, but he definitely looked better this past season than in 2011/2012, he still has the potential to score 20 goals in a season, and he’s got more speed and skill than your average 3rd/4th line winger. A line with Booth and Raymond on the wings and either Schroeder or Gaunce in the middle would be a great two-way threat and would make the fourth line something like Weise/Richardson/Hansen, which is nothing to sneeze at either.

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    • Brent
      July 13, 2013

      I agree. And it keeps alive the Mason Raymond drinking game.

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  6. Dan novak
    July 14, 2013

    I think Pittsburgh is the obvious choice as soon as the Niskanen deal goes down !

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