Stick in Link: Tortorella and Hartley; Bieksa had ‘a blast’ in line brawl

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.)


  • The feud between John Tortorella and Bob Hartley is nearly twenty years old at this point, so it makes sense that Tortorella went a little overboard on Saturday. I did some pretty stupid things when I was 19 too. [Democrat & Chronicle]
  • Cam Cole asks why the Canucks played into the Flames’ hands by starting their own fourth line for the opening faceoff, but Kevin Bieksa claims it “was a blast.” Yesterday we discussed how Bieksa initially tried to calm things down and then sort of lost himself in the moment. This would be further evidence of that. [The National Post]
  • With Tortorella suspended, Mike Sullivan takes over as head coach. He has been described as “cut from the same coaching cloth”. Bieksa thinks the only change Sullivan will make is to his wardrobe: “He’ll probably wear a little bit nicer suit to the game, one that fits, and a nicer tie.” [Vancouver Sun]
  • Prior to the Canucks’ atrocious road trip and Saturday’s wackiness, Jordan Bowman talked to Zack Kassian about playing in Vancouver as opposed to Buffalo, thriving under Tortorella, and his love for adorable Husky puppies. [Legion of Blog]
  • Tony Gallagher must be losing his mind, because he thinks the Heritage Classic was on Saturday when it’s still over a month away. Oh wait, no, he’s making some sort of point about old time hockey. Put away the straitjackets, everyone. [The Province]
  • Kevin Vanstone wants less truculence and more winning. That’s fair. [The Flying V]
  • A recap of Saturday’s line brawl in gifs. [Tumblr]
  • The power play needs to be fixed and I don’t mean neutered. I mean the opposite of that. Wait, what’s the opposite of neutering? Adding balls? I guess the power play could use more chutzpah. [Canucks Corner]
  • So, Eddie Lack was livetweeting The Bachelor Monday night, because of course he was, and he was demanding that said bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, “JUST KISS HER!” Here’s the thing: Juan replied. [Tumblr]
  • No one embraces the hate directed at the Canucks quite like Kent Basky, who rounds up the latest anti-Canucks hatred from Twitter. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Want to know more about the Haida hat the Canucks use as an award for the player of the game? Yes, you do. Don’t lie to me, you do so. [Canucks]
  • If the Canucks are aiming for a new third line centre, they could do worse than Ryan O’Reilly, Steve Ott, or David Legwand in the trade market. Are they actually trying to acquire any of those three? Who knows? [The Canuck Way]
  • Rob the Hockey Guy, aka. Rob Williams, is shutting down his hockey blog and joining Vancity Buzz as their hockey editor. A hearty congratulations is in order. So, congratulations!  [Vancity Buzz]
  • Reminder: if you want to hang out and watch a Canucks game with some of your favourite Canucks bloggers, Canucks Army is hosting a charity night at The Pint on January 29th. Harrison and I will be there, which is hopefully an incentive to attend and not a reason to stay away. [Canucks Army]


  1. Brosef Stalin
    January 21, 2014

    Eddie Lack truly is Luongo’s understudy… good twitter account with a love for ‘The Bachelor.’ Or is Luongo a Bachelorette fan? I can’t keep it straight…

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  2. NewVanFan
    January 21, 2014

    Andreas and I will be there on the 29th! Hooray!

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  3. Jacob
    January 21, 2014

    Even if Gallagher didn’t mix up the dates of the Heritage Classic can we use out straight jackets on him anyway? I already got mine out of storage and everything…

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  4. Noodle
    January 21, 2014

    ” Jordan Bowman talked to Zack Kassian about playing in Vancouver as opposed to Buffalo, thriving under Tortorella, and his love for adorable Husky puppies”

    Daniel, you neglected to mention the best part of that interview. Kassian and Tanev rent scooters and ride around Vancouver together. THEY RENT SCOOOTERS. There’s a sitcom in there somewhere.

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  5. Matt
    January 21, 2014

    The Canucks are never (ever) landing Ryan O’Rielly. The price to pry him out of Colorado would be insanely high.

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