Stick in Link: Chris Tanev, stone cold killer; Zack Kassian welcomes vengeful Oilers

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 passittobulis@gmail.com, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)

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• Thomas Drance lists three players who have benefited from John Tortorella’s arrival, with Chris Tanev chief among them. This is incredible: “Chris Tanev has spent nearly 79 mintes on the ice in 4-on-5 situations this season. In those roughly 79 minutes Vancouver’s goal differential, in 4-on-5 situations I’d remind you, is even.” [Canucks Army]

• Zack Kassian on the Oilers possibly looking for revenge Friday night: “Obviously I’m not too worried about someone coming after me. I have no problem standing up for myself. If they want to get some type of revenge, the door is open. Go ahead.” [Vancouver Sun]

• Dale Weise on the last game versus the Bruins: “It was an afternoon game, so there wasn’t much time to think. You could feel the intensity in the warm-up. There were a lot of words being said and on the red line, there was a little bit of jostling. A lot of people said that our season never really picked up from there because it was such an emotional game for us. Personally, for me that’s one of the best games I’ve played so far.” [The Province]

• Thing you probably knew: the Sedins are quality community men. But now there’s a University of Victoria study to prove it! [The Globe & Mail]

• Why his numbers this season don’t really tell the whole story for Roberto Luongo. [24 Hours]

• Here are the four Canuck rookies singing with Sarah McLachlan at last night’s Dice & Ice. Sidenote: the Canucks have four rookies this year. For all the talk of how they didn’t get younger, they actually sort of did.

• And here’s more video from the Dice & Ice event. [Vancouver Sun]

• Brendan Gaunce is settling in with the Erie Otters. [Buzzing the Net]

• Be sure to play along with December’s “Canucket List”. [Legion of Blog]

• Next year’s salary cap is projected to be just a hair over $71 million. Mike Gillis says the Canucks will spend to it. [The Canuck Way]

• The Canucks could use another top-six forward. How to get one? [Mother Canucker]

• Should Canucks fans already be looking to next year? [NW Sportsbeat]

• Mike Santorelli tops the list of NHL free agency bargains, which isn’t surprising. [Eye on Hockey]

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8 comments

  1. ikillchicken
    December 12, 2013

    “Next year’s salary cap is projected to be just a hair over $71 million. Mike Gillis says the Canucks will spend to it.”

    Just saying, Thomas Vanek is a decently big, skilled right handed shooter with a great shot and a good hand for tipping pucks in front of the net who has multiple 40 goal seasons and has consistently been at least in the high 20s on a terrible Buffalo team. I know chasing the big name FA isn’t usually Gillis’ style but this might be one to look at. I can’t think of a better fit with the Sedins.

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  2. steveB
    December 12, 2013

    • Zack Kassian on the Oilers possibly looking for revenge Friday night: “Obviously I’m not too worried about someone coming after me. I have no problem standing up for myself. If they want to get some type of revenge, the door is open. Go ahead.” [Vancouver Sun]

    does this link work for anyone?
    All I get is a page not found. :-\

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    • Naturalmystic
      December 12, 2013

      I clicked on the link, what’s the proble….oh God, I can see forever.

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    • steveB
      December 13, 2013

      OK, it’s working today.
      maybe it was just some random funkiness at the vansunsportsblogs.com

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  3. sox/canucks fan
    December 12, 2013

    Torts talking about the Sarah McLachlan song and its use in the ad about abused dogs…Canucks fans, and I suspect Canucks players, will get behind that guy.

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  4. bluemoonjones
    December 13, 2013

    While I like the optimism expressed in the NW Sportsbeat blurb about next year, I just can’t yet get myself to fully buy into the “this year’s a lost cause” sentiment. Call me stupid?

    The race for a playoff spot should keep us glued to our seats for the rest of the year for certain, and then if the ‘nucks can creep into a 7 seed or higher spot (really don’t want Chicago in the first round – or any round, for that matter) then you can’ tell me that they’re absolutely guaranteed to be a first round loser. There’s a different mindset on display with Torts that I think could pay dividends in the playoffs; and these guys definitely have the potential, if they are healthy, to be that kind of 6 or 7 seed that grinds out a bunch of 2-1 and 1-0 wins and BAM before you know it they’re in the conference finals. Good solid D, plus Lou is very capable of getting hot – and the playoffs could well be darned good fun.

    Or not, of course… but I’m just not a believer in it already being a lost cause yet.

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  5. snepsts
    December 13, 2013

    The article about top-six scoring says it all, IMO. It doesn’t talk about the recent success of the Santo-Higgins-Kes line, but like any experiment this could start well and fizzle out, although Santorelli in general has been awesome. Scoring/points is about consistency, and that is what the Sedins provide regardless of minor dips in production here and there. I always thought that Higgins or Hansen would at some point peak with the Canucks but maybe they are destined to be 10-15 goal scorers. In any case, we need a 20+ goal-scoring top-six winger. Can we make the playoffs without one? Probably. But there is no reason not to trade some of our checking dep-I MEAN EDLER- for more goals. Who doesn’t love goals?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 13, 2013

      I don’t necessarily disagree with adding another top-six forward, but it’s worth noting that both Higgins and Santorelli are on pace for 20 goals this season. So, there’s your 20+ goal-scoring top-six wingers.

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