The Canucks have ‘The Belt’; visit from the Bruins could be a title match

The Vancouver Canucks accomplished a lot with their victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night. They pushed their win streak to five. They gave Eddie Lack his first shutout in his first home start. And they put themselves back on an 100-point pace, which bodes well for their playoffs hopes, as does their move into first place in the Western Conference wild card race.

They also won The Championship Belt.

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Stick in Link: extra coaching for David Booth; new contract for Mike Santorelli?

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.)

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I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Carolina Hurricanes, December 9, 2013

Mike Gillis has been somewhat justifiably criticized for his drafting record as the Canucks’ GM, with not a single one of his draft picks currently in the lineup. Sure Jordan Schroeder is on the Injured Reserve list, Zack Kassian was acquired for a Gillis pick, and there are numerous promising prospects or more recent mintage on the way, but the fact remains: there are no Gillis draft picks in the current lineup.

Where Gillis has done well, however, is filling in gaps in the prospect pool with free agent signings and two of them made Gillis look good in this game, as Chris Tanev scored early in the first period and Eddie Lack made it stand up as the gamewinner by pitching his first career shutout. I saw a youth movement, of sorts, when I watched this game.

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