Stick in Link: Andrew Alberts’ baby steps, David Booth likes sledding, and Bo Horvat at the World Juniors

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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We took a brief break over Christmas and consequently missed two editions of Stick in Link, so let’s take this opportunity to catch up on what we missed.

  • Andrew Alberts hasn’t been on the ice much this season, but he’s still been busy: he has a new baby at home, leading to a not-unexpected but still enjoyable reference to “baby steps” when Alberts talks about getting back into the lineup. [Vancouver Sun]
  • This is a stellar interview with David Booth courtesy Jordan Bowman, where we find out that Booth prefers sledding to a snowball fight because “I don’t want to hurt anyone, and then feel guilty for hurting them, so sledding.” [Legion of Blog]
  • Elliotte Friedman’s latest 30 Thoughts column includes the note that the Toronto Maple Leafs tried to trade Alex Steen to the Canucks back in 2008, asking for Kevin Bieksa in return. [CBC]
  • The Canucks have terminated the contract of Adam Polasek, same as they recently did with Zach Hamill. [The Canuck Way]
  • Should we be disappointed with Zack Kassian’s season so far? Yeah, probably. [Rob the Hockey Guy]
  • The Canucks have had a great December, so here’s a few things we can learn from it. [NW Sportsbeat]
  • Canucks Hockey Blog, along with a few other pals from around the Smylosphere and beyond, with their rendition of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a Canucks twist. [Canucks Hockey Blog]
  • Disappointing news, as Hunter Shinkaruk will undergo hip surgery and miss the rest of the season. This may help explain some of his offensive struggles this season as well as his late cut from Team Canada. [Canucks Army]
  • Here’s what the rest of the Canucks’ prospects have been up to of late. [Canucks Army]
  • While we were hoping for more Canucks prospects at the World Juniors, we still can watch Bo Horvat play a major role for Team Canada. Tyson Giurato breaks down his performance in Canada’s first game. [Canucks]
  • Horvat is centring two young phenoms: Sam Reinhart, who may go first overall in the 2014 draft, and Connor McDavid, the expected first overall pick in the 2015 draft. You have to think he got the assignment because of his strong two-way game, so he can cover for any defensive miscues. [Canadian Press]
  • And here’s the goal scored by Horvat against Germany on a nice feed from Sam Reinhart. [CanucksVid]

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