Stick in Link: Milan Lucic thinks it over, says smarter things; weird Canuck goals

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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• The five weirdest goals of this season so far. [Canucks Hockey Blog]

• It would appear that, after a few days to cool down, Milan Lucic has taken a mulligan on his post-scuffle statement, and wisely released a brief, edited do-over through the Bruins: “This has been a very difficult week for me given the recent events that took place in my hometown of Vancouver. As I have had more time to think I want to make it clear that regardless of what has happened, I am still – and always will be – proud to be from there. It is home. While the actions of a few individuals have deeply upset me and will impact the time I spend downtown going forward, I will not let those incidents diminish the love and pride I have for the city as a whole. This will be my final comment on this subject.” Good. [Bruins]

• The only good thing to come out of this ridiculous altercation (that wouldn’t have been a story in the first place if it didn’t give us a chintzy chance to circle back around to the best Stanley Cup Final in modern history): the “Milan Lucic is beyond good right now” t-shirt. [Puck Daddy]

• Meanwhile, in slightly more uplifting tales from the other side, the day backstopping the Wild to a win versus Vancouver with a 29-save performance, Josh Harding has stepped away from the team for some adjustments to his multiple sclerosis medication and protocols. Stop and think about how insane that sentence is. Tough to be upset about what he did Tuesday night when it’s so flipping inspiring. [Star Tribune]

• A very useful guide to why we hate the Chicago Blackhawks. [Rob The Hockey Guy]

• The Canucks are probably gonna wanna do that Chris Tanev extension pretty soon. My guess is the standoffish approach Laurence Gilman took last year won’t work this time around. [Vancouver Sun]

• Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack make an appearance — the Canucks’ second — on Ali Lawrence’s popular hockey-pony Tumblr. [My Little Blackhawk]

• The effort Tony Gallagher puts into finding a negative spin on the Canucks is truly impressive. It’s also an air-tight strategy. Just based on the odds of winning the Stanley Cup in a paritous 30-team league, a dedication to negativity is bound to serve you well. [The Province]

• Mike Gillis says the same thing regarding trades he always says: I’m trying but it’s haaaaaard. ”I like our group but adding players is really tough in this environment. We’re always trying to get better so if something prevents itself, we’ll be involved.” [24 Hours]

• Learn why Bo Horvat wears no. 53. [The Canuck Way]

• Jordan Bowman’s fake quotes from the Minnesota game as gold as always. Mike Gillis: “Keith Ballard got to play tonight?! How’d he do that? I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.” [Legion of Blog]

• Zach Hamill appears to be done with the Canucks organization and on his way to Europe. [Pro Hockey Talk]

• The Roberto Luongo saga makes TSN’s top stories of the year. We did it! [TSN]

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16 comments

  1. Noodle
    December 19, 2013

    That’s nice of Lucic to release this statement. Unfortunately though, I think the initial comments had a much wider reach than this statement will. So it’s kind of impossible to take back what he said at this point.

    On another note, is there any possibility that PITB will do another Christmas poem like you did a couple years ago about Daniel Sedin (Night Before Christmas style)? That was AWESOME.

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  2. Brent
    December 19, 2013

    The Bruins media people got a hold of Lujerk and wrote a statement for him.

    They are the masters of spin! Canucks could learn something from them. I mean not only did we lose the stanley cup but apparently we were the dirty team!

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  3. John in Marpole
    December 19, 2013

    Gallagher write a negative column about the Canucks? Doesn’t that happen 3 or 4 times a week?

    For me it’s not just the unbridled negativity he revels in that makes him #1 on my ‘avoid reading as much as possible’ list, it is his transparent lack of knowledge/understanding of the game.

    An example from the referenced column (yes, I broke my own rule and read it):
    “…any time the minutes climb on defencemen, the performance tends to slide…”

    Tell that to: Bobby Orr, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger,Ray Borque, Paul Coffey, Chris Chelios, Larry Robinson, Scott Stevens, Denis Potvin, Nicklas Lidstrom… you get my point. That blanket statement is just so very, very wrong as it is worded, and a real professional hockey writer would know that.

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  4. Chris the Curmudgeon
    December 19, 2013

    I like how Skeletor somehow thinks that with Burrows coming back and there being so many forwards that should play in the top 6, the extra depth is going to hurt the team. Oh no, so many forwards that are playing well that a non-plug will have to play on the 4th line when Burrows comes back. Call the Fire Department.

    Like John, I usually have a rule against reading that guy’s columns but did this time anyways. Glad to see some things never change. If the team’s playing badly, it’s because they’re bad, if they’re playing well, it’s a mirage because they’re bad. Same story for the last 40 years or so?

    In another note, I think the bust label has been stuck pretty firmly to Hamill for a while. That article does make it pretty clear that it’s more of a mutual parting of ways though, being that he was probably never going to earn a callup and could do better for himself overseas.

    If Stanton is out for a while, could we see Tanev over 30 minutes? That’ll probably inflate his contract demands a little bit. Time to lock him up, Gillis.

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  5. NarkusMaslund
    December 19, 2013

    Gallagher has truly outdone himself with that article. Which may be one of the hardest feats in all of journalism. Well done, Tony. Well done.

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  6. akidd
    December 19, 2013

    “While the actions of a few individuals have deeply upset me and will impact the time I spend downtown going forward….”

    i read this last night and cracked up. “i’m not going downtown anymore because of those guys…going forward….” hopefully this will signal the end of the phrases, “going forward,” and “moving forward.” once the rhetoric hits the street like that the cycle is complete and the boardroom has to come up with something new.

    if this were five years ago lucic might have said, ” There has been a paradigm shift in my attitude towards going downtown.”

    I’m looking forward to lucic moonwalking down to the roxy next time. and he’d better make sure he keeps looking behind/(ahead of ) him, especially when crossing the street, or more than his time will get impacted.

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  7. John in Marpole
    December 19, 2013

    “If the team’s playing badly, it’s because they’re bad, if they’re playing well, it’s a mirage because they’re bad.”

    Spot on description of just about every Gallagher column on the Canucks that I have ever had the bad sense to read.

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  8. ikillchicken
    December 19, 2013

    A single shootout loss is to Tony Gallagher like a single drop of water to a man dying of thirst. I can only imagine the agony he must have been in these past weeks.

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  9. Mitch
    December 19, 2013

    Those Pony versions are kind of disturbing. I think it’s… the lack of pants? Yes. That and the Lack-Pony bursting out of the present with his arms flung out. And no pants.

    It just feels like we’re way too few steps away from a Canucks / furry fanfic.

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  10. Naturalmystic
    December 20, 2013

    Tony Gallagher speaks the truth.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 20, 2013

      Yeah, there’s no quicker way to completely losing credibility than agreeing with Gallagher.

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  11. Snepsts
    December 20, 2013

    Can you guys please lay off the pony stuff? It is creepy and disturbing. The whole “brony” thing is a side of the internet I really do not want to associate with the canucks or hockey or life in general thanks

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 20, 2013

      I’m baffled by people who see My Little Pony as creepy or disturbing. The person who draws these NHL ponies is a woman, so this isn’t a “brony” thing. This is just people having fun mashing up two thing they love: hockey and My Little Pony. Not sure why that’s a problem.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        December 20, 2013

        No kidding. She draws well. It’s cute. And every if she was a man, again: Draws well. Cute. We’re not exactly digging into the seedy underbelly of the Internet here.

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  12. Snepsts
    December 21, 2013

    Sorry guys, to your credit you write the best, i.e. the most objective Canucks coverage there is for Canucks fans. Hands down. But any way you slice it, drawing Canucks players as My Little Pony characters is creepy and weird. It’s not cute. The “brony” community includes women and the whole thing is just a godawful obsession that is not for this world. I discovered this through a satirical website that actually mocked bronies and…yeah. You need to stop. Trust me.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 21, 2013

      So, you discovered that bronies are terrible by reading a satirical website that mocked bronies? Dude, do you not see how that isn’t a particularly convincing argument?

      Look, you have your opinion and that’s fine, but Harrison and I are pretty okay with pictures of the Canucks as ponies and don’t find it creepy or weird. Sorry.

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