Stick in Link: Drama-free season for Luongo; Zack Kassian, scourge of Edmonton

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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• Jason Botchford writes about Roberto Luongo, and it’s the first time in awhile, which says something. Remember when Luongo was pretty much all anybody wrote about? Funny Bob’s having a quiet season, which is a good thing after all the drama, and it’s quietly one of his best. [The Province]

• Henrik Sedin is hurt, Brad Richardson is hurt, Jordan Schroeder’s down in Utica on a conditioning stint because he was hurt. Who’d have thought that, halfway through the season, Ryan Kesler would be the healthiest centre in Vancouver? [Canucks Army]

• Brad Ziemer thinks Zack Kassian is beginning to show signs that he’s maturing, both in his play and in his conduct. [Vancouver Sun]

• Have the Edmonton Oilers really let Kassian ‘run their show’? Yeah, not really. [Edmonton Journal]

• I’m sure watching your son break into the NHL is surreal for most dads, but it has to be even moreso for Kellain Lain’s dad. Elliott Pap asked him: “A little surreal, I guess. His first game, it wasn’t the way we scripted it in our minds. It was disappointing. It wasn’t what I had hoped to see in terms of his first game. I saw the Calgary starting lineup on the Jumbotron there and I kind of had a sense that Kellan might start against them, matching fourth lines. So it was kind of cool seeing him there on the blueline for the national anthem. Then when they were about to drop the puck, I was watching that little back and forth between Kellan and Kevin Bieksa and you could tell something was cooking. And you know how it played out from there.” [Puckworld]

• Henrik Sedin’s iron man streak is over after 679 games. Here’s footage from the first game.

• Count the Sedins among the NHLers who would prefer their families don’t follow them to Sochi. It’s a little bit scary over there. [The Globe & Mail]

• Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman drops some real talk regarding the word thug, and uses the Canucks/Flames brawl to make his point: “The only reason it bothers me is it seems like it’s an accepted way of calling someone the N-word nowadays. It’s like everybody else said the N-word and they said thug and they’re like, ‘that’s fine.’ That’s where it takes me aback. What is the definition of a thug, really? [...] Maybe I’m talking loudly and doing something … talking like I’m not supposed to, but there was a hockey game when they didn’t even play hockey. They threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that and said, ‘Oh man, I’m the thug? What’s going on here?’” He’s got a point. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to observe when the word “thug” is invoked and note that it tends to be racially charged. [Shutdown Corner]

• In honour of last Saturday’s line brawl, which was so absurd we’re still talking about it five days later, the top 5 Canucks brawls. [Canucks Hockey Blog]

• If the Canucks beat the Predators Thursday, you can thank Justine Galo for not attending the game. Apparently, when she attends games versus Nashville, the Predators win. Canuck nation thanks you, Justine. [Canucks Corner]

• If you’d rather be angry than happy, here’s a collection of questionable hits against the Canucks that didn’t earn a suspension. [Mother Canucker]

• And finally, congratulations to Rob the Hockey Guy on joining Vancity Buzz as their new hockey editor. Rob’s been blogging Canucks since well before we showed up, and he’s been nothing but kind and gracious to us since the beginning. Good to see him moving up. [Rob the Hockey Guy]

6 comments

  1. J21
    January 23, 2014

    I don’t know, “thug” and “thuggery” have been hockey terms as long as I can remember. Pointing to that game as an example of anything related to how the term is applied isn’t really eye-opening.

    But everyone likes Sherman in Vancouver anyway for all those photos of him in a Canucks’ jersey, so we’ve all got time for him.

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    • PB
      January 23, 2014

      The point of it wasn’t about the use of “thug” in hockey. It’s that in the US “thug” is the equivalent of saying “urban” i.e. black and is often used for black NFL players in particular. The treatment of Sherman is hypocritical (if it’s a white player who makes an impassioned statement at the end of an intense game, it’s called exuberant or maybe arrogant, but rarely has the same connotations around race and culture that “thug” has), it’s stupid (as if the actual context of the game and being fired up doesn’t count) and it’s sanctimonious (Tom Brady going on about class? Please…)

      Sherman can be irritating but he’s smart and he’s articulate. And he’s the epitome of what a black NFL player is NOT supposed to be in the US; i.e. he makes a lot of good sense. Dave Zirin has some excellent work on the NFL and race on this topic.

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      • J21
        January 23, 2014

        My point was that since the term is very common in the white-dominated sport he was referring to as a contrasting example, it may not always be as racially charged as all that.

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      • iain
        January 24, 2014

        yep. you don’t get a degree from Stanford just ’cause you play football. Richard Sherman is probably way more intelligent, articulate and thoughtful than those who criticised him. i’m on Sherman’s side – he just made the play that put his team into the Super Bowl AND he got to make it on a guy he doesn’t get on with personally – how pumped would you be in that situation? and then some inane sideline reporter shoves a microphone in your face – you’re gonna just come right out with what you’re feeling at that moment, no filter, no political correctness, just your raw emotion.

        now if he could play on the Canucks’ power play, we’d REALLY love him. come to think of it, he couldn’t make it any worse – get that man a contract!

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  2. J21
    January 23, 2014

    Also, that Edmonton Journal piece was shockingly reasonable (probably because it was a blogger, not a guy like Mark Spector). But the comments after it will just prove that all fanbases are pretty stupid and narrow-minded, regardless of team affiliation. It’s not just our fans, guys!

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  3. Lyg
    January 23, 2014

    Aw, that footage of Sedinerie from a decade ago just made me happy!

    And I have to agree with Sherman. Whatever his faults, he’s got a point.

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