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.
Still no movement on Chris Tanev negotiations
Last month, we took at look at the Chris Tanev negotiations, which were going nowhere fast. A month later, they continue to idle, although on Monday, Tanev’s agent did his best to make something happen. Knowing full well that the Canucks were content to make Tanev sweat because he has no leverage, agent Ross Gurney made the media rounds Monday to, hopefully, create a little leverage and expedite the process. From the Vancouver Sun:
“We are waiting to hear from them,” Gurney said of the Canucks. “We did have some momentum for a period of time a couple of weeks back, but we haven’t heard back from them since our last conversation. The only variable that has changed is that for whatever reason there seems to be an uptick in the amount of interest from the KHL.
“It’s interesting how many people are monitoring it (the negotiations). But Chris’s full intentions are to sign with Vancouver and we felt we had some momentum so that is a bit discouraging. Vancouver controls the timeline.”
In other words: We don’t want to sign in Russia, please don’t make us sign in Russia, but if you don’t pick up the bloody phone and call us, we might sort of think about possibly considering the idea of perhaps signing in Russia. Maybe.
With the Canucks kicking their feet up and waiting for the phone to ring, Gurney had to do something, and threatening to go overseas is about all he’s got. That in mind, unless the Canucks really drop the ball here, this is much ado about nothing.
Shinkaruk, Horvat, sign entry-level deals because that’s what first-round draft picks do
Meanwhile, speaking of players the Canucks did sign, both of the club’s first-round picks from this year’s draft, Hunter Shinkaruk and Bo Horvat, inked their entry-level contracts last week. It’s good news, as it brings the pair of prospects one step closer to being the next Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (except better!) that our blind hope tells us they’re certain to be!
I met both of these guys at the Draft and the one thing that stood out to me was Shinkaruk’s giddy, childish enthusiasm. While most of the prospects in Newark seemed excited to be selected, few of them seemed overly surprised by it. (And why should they be? They’re the best teenage hockey players in the world.) But Shinkaruk couldn’t stop gushing with shock and excitement. Even now, over a month later, he’s still acting like he just woke up with elite hockey talent yesterday, like he was bitten by a radioactive hockey spider or something and he’s completely blown away by his new powers.
“My hand was shaking a little bit when I signed the contract,” he told Elliott Pap.
He even talks about mundane paperwork like a day at the laserdome. “They faxed the contract to the hotel and then I had to get them to print it out. I signed it, they scanned it and sent it back. It was pretty exciting.”
Yeah, sounds exciting. Printing, signing, faxing — it’s a wonder you didn’t faint.
The Sedins have a French hot dog, I think
From reader Petter Carnbro comes the hot dog Rogers Arena absolutely has to bring to their concession stands: the Zedinare.
Spotted at a truck stop in Sweden, it’s a twin hot dog called a “Zedinare”. And it’s on a powerplay.
Yeah, I have a hard time believing this was an accident, just like I have a hard time believing the Moolatte, a combination of ice cream and coffee, isn’t racially inspired. We all know what that’s about, and we all know what the Zedinare is about, too.
Jason Garrison is working on his skating
If you’ve got a moment, be sure to read this nice story from the Richmond Review about Jason Garrison and the work he’s putting in this offseason to improve his skating.
The major takeaway: Garrison works his tail off, and his lack of ego, likely borne of having to work his tail off to get to where he is, means he stops to ask where he can improve when most other players don’t.
Clearly, Garrison appreciates and values the input he gets from Popke who he says “has a good mindset and knows his drills.” During a workout with a group of fellow pros earlier this week in Richmond, Garrison frequently stops to ask what he can do better.
“Ninety-nine per cent of players wait for feedback from you, whereas Jay will go through a drill and then explain what it felt like for him,” says Popke, who for three years worked with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospects (brought in by Leafs’ general manager Dave Nonis whose son formerly attended the Vancouver Hockey School) and also provided skating instruction to a trio of Stanley Cup winners—Willie Mitchell, Milan Lucic and Brent Seabrook.
That’s some decent company.
David Booth is not working on his skating, because there’s still a screw in his foot
While Garrison is improving his stride, we regret to inform you that we cannot say the same for David Booth. It’s hard to skate when you’ve still got a screw in your ankle, you see.
Booth’s agent, Mike Liut, says his client is still likely to be ready for September. But there are 30 days in September, and one suspects Liut means the September days after training camp begins.
The last thing Booth needs is to be a step behind everyone else when the season begins. Unfortunately, that appears to be what we’re looking at. On the bright side, he’s clearly used his time recuperating to get better at Twitter:
Quit lying fruit cups. you are melon cups
— David Booth (@D_Booth7) August 1, 2013
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