Spitballin’ on Alberts re-signing, snarky Whitecaps, and prospects scoring beautiful goals

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.

Other than the re-signing of Chris Tanev, there isn’t a whole lot happening in Canuck-land. I feel like an existential Chandler Bing: could there be any more nothing? August just isn’t a good month for hockey. That said, there are still a few things to talk about…


Andrew Alberts re-signs for a pittance

I touched on this when writing about Chris Tanev’s new contract, but it’s worth discussing Alberts on his own as well. The physical defenceman signed a one-year deal worth just $600,000, a hefty pay cut from his $1.25 million contract last season and just $50,000 more than the league minimum for 2013-14.

Alberts is the kind of player that’s nice to have as a seventh defenceman, as he can step in and play a simple game and be a physical presence against bigger teams, but he isn’t someone you want in the lineup for every game, as his limitations are many. Re-signing him at near league minimum is ideal, as he won’t take up much in the way of capspace while sitting in the pressbox.

As Cam Charron pointed out on Twitter, there isn’t much separating Alberts from Douglas Murray, a player with more name recognition but similar underlying statistics. Well, not much separating them except $900,000, since Murray is getting paid $1.5 million next season.

Player TOI/60 Corsi Rel Corsi Rel QoC Corsi Rel QoT OffZone% Pens Taken/60 13-14 Salary
Douglas Murray 14.29 -14.3 -0.034 -1.279 46.5 0.6 $1,500,000
Andrew Alberts 13.69 -10.1 -0.033 -3.006 42.3 0.7 $600,000


Whitecaps get snarky with Canucks on Twitter

You may recall some minor controversy last season when the Whitecaps’ most ardent supporters, the Southsiders, invaded Rogers Arena for a February 12th tilt against the Minnesota Wild. As per usual, they were boisterous in their support for the home team, but were also standing throughout the entire game, prompting a response from Rogers Arena staff and resulting in a couple of them being removed from the arena.

The Canucks invited the Southsiders back for another game against the Wild later in the season, but the incident seemed to cement the no-fun reputation of Rogers Arena, whether fairly or unfairly.

It’s possible that the Whitecaps had this in mind when they  got a little snarky with the Canucks on Twitter:

Ouch! Somebody get the aloe vera, because that’s a harsh burn! Fortunately, the Canucks are pros at Twitter and responded quickly to this slight to their fans and everyone became friends again:



Well, that was sickeningly sweet.

Hunter Shinkaruk and Bo Horvat have scored some beauties and by beauties I mean goals

We’ve done a little bit of YouTube scouting of the Canucks’ first round draft picks from this year, highlighting their ability to put the puck in the net, but YouTube user CanucksProspects has done Canucks fans a great service by putting together a top ten list for both Shinkaruk and Horvat of their best goals from Junior hockey.

There are some incredible goals on display here. I’m particularly fond of the behind-the-leg kick up to the stick from number 9, the powerful skating and quick hands from number 6, and the crazy toe-drag from number 5, but these are all worth watching.

Goodness gracious can this guy shoot the puck. You can see his go-to move on the breakaway is backhand shelf, similar to Alex Burrows’ go-to move, but it’s not his only trick. The backhand on number 9 is tasty, the dangle on number 4 is simply unfair to the goaltender, and the turn-around backhand on number 2 is reminiscent of, no joke, Sidney Crosby. To be fair, though, the goaltender gave him half the net to shoot at on that one, but still…

As I’ve pointed out before, YouTube highlight videos are always a little misleading, as they show the best of the best out of context, but these are still some pretty goals that should give Canucks fans plenty of reasons to get excited.

Frank Corrado can, more or less, play “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

Kathy Anderson is awesome. Since joining the Canucks’ media team, she’s been making all sorts of weird and silly videos that go behind the scenes and get a different perspective on the players. During the off-season, she’s been touring around visiting various Canucks prospects at home. The other day, she stopped in with Frank Corrado and asked him to play something on guitar.

That was…close to being how that song goes.

As a guitar player, I sympathize with Corrado. When people find out that you play guitar, many will ask “How good are you?” to which I normally respond “7″ as it’s about as meaningful an answer as I could possibly give. The alternative to that question is “What can you play?” to which I never really have a good answer. I mostly write my own songs and don’t have a large back catalogue of cover songs at my disposal. The ones that I do know aren’t all that impressive. I can play “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer at a moment’s notice, but when people ask that question, they generally want to hear something “cool,” which generally means something like Metallica or Coheed & Cambria. I never learned how to play anything like that.

Corrado was likely asked to play something cool or impressive. It’s entirely likely that he doesn’t really know how to play anything cool or impressive, so he went with “Thunderstruck.” It doesn’t mean he’s bad at guitar; it just means he may not have a library of awesome guitar riffs at his beck and call for when someone asks him to play something for them.

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  1. Nee
    August 23, 2013

    “Kathy Anderson is awesome.”

    True. The Canucks media team was pretty stiff/boring before she arrived. She has injected a much needed sense of fun.

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  2. Chris the Curmudgeon
    August 23, 2013

    Nice highlight packages, but I gotta say I never understood why people make those videos set to music. The normal sounds of the game, like the ice noises, the crowd and the call are a big part of the enjoyment of it.

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  3. akidd
    August 23, 2013

    a pretty meaty august post, i’d say.

    nice highlights of the nu kidz. in particular, i’d have to say that horvat kid takes the breath away. those bursts of effortless acceleration, those deft little touches at full speed….very exciting!

    and ya, tough gig for corrado. helpful tip: when playing fast music feel a slow pulse, when playing slow music feel a quick pulse. playing in time is a lifelong pursuit but that little tip will go a long ways. but the sheepish look, followed by the classic powerchord riff…gold, fubar gold!:)seems like a good kid though. am expecting a comeback vid soon.

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  4. Doop
    August 28, 2013

    October best month

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