Stick in Link: The return of the return of Booth’s return; Canucks’ special, not special teams

It’s time for “Stick in Link”, the feature where we just plug in a bunch of stuff written by others! Featuring a smattering of links from around the Smylosphere and beyond every Tuesday and Thursday. Warning: our links are so hyper, they change colour when exposed to heat. (Have something for us to share in the next edition? E-mail us at, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)


• David Booth is back from his conditioning stint in Utica, and Darren Archibald has been returned to the farm in his stead. I know, I know, everyone hates Booth, but as Cam Charron says here, he remains a much better bet to be a game-breaker on the Canucks’ third line than anyone else in their system. [Canucks Army]

• I love this lede from Brad Ziemer on Booth’s return: “David Booth is a believer, in God and himself.” Kudos, Brad. [Vancouver Sun]

• I also love how positive Booth is. Talking to Jason Botchford about the conditioning stint, which most professionals would balked at, Booth beams, “Honestly, I thought it was a great idea.” I feel like if you told Booth you hated his guts, he’d be like, That’s a shame, but your honesty is refreshing! [The Province]

• Ryan Kesler on what makes the Canucks’ penalty kill successful: “It’s a willingness to do whatever it takes to kill the penalty. It’s about will.” David Ebner on the same thing: “After the faceoff, the Canucks went to their main system, one that is called “wedge + 1” by some hockey people. The system is considered aggressive and the wedge is a triangle of three players, near the net, with one rover attacking. As the puck moves, the rover retreats to the wedge, and a new rover attacks.” Ebner was more helpful, in my opinion. [The Globe & Mail]

• The Canucks are the first team to reach 20 games. They did it! Unfortunately, while they’re really good at showing up for games, their powerplay isn’t. Does it matter? [Nucks Misconduct]

• Two things to observe in this Hunter Shinkaruk profile: first, how young he looks in all the old photos. Second, how young he still looks.

• The good, the bad, the surprises, and the disappointments from the Canucks first 20 games. [Canucks Hockey Blog]

• Jeff Vinnick talks about his experiences photographing Pavel Bure, and shares this anecdote: the first time he took Bure’s photo, the Russian rocket gave him the finger. [Jeff Vinnick]

• Henrik Sedin missed practice Wednesday due to “Family Matters”. More information is needed. What season? Before or after Judy went upstairs? Or maybe the later seasons, with the introduction of Stefan Urquelle? Either way, we’ll assume he was so engrossed that he just lost track of what time it was. [24 Hours]

• Some upcoming Canucks milestones. Did you know Jeremy Welsh is only 999 points away from 1000? [Reddit Canucks]

• Rob the Hockey Guy takes a look at the Canucks’ record in the Mike Gillis era. [Rob The Hockey Guy]

• Finally, if you were in a coma during the Canucks’ four-game road trip, here’s a brief review. Warning: you may wish to return to the coma. [The Hockey Writers]


  1. Handy hands
    November 14, 2013

    Don’t forget Hunter Shrinkwrap is in town tomorrow, playing against the Giants.

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  2. Handy Hands
    November 14, 2013

    Shrinkwrap wil be in Vancouver Friday, playing against the Giants.

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