Stick in Link: Jets’ Rypien tribute, possible Santorelli surgery, and Tony Gallagher sees silver linings

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 Canucks Army at The Pint in Vancouver is Wednesday, so make sure you get your ticket soon. Like, now. Seriously, it’s tomorrow. Come watch a hockey game with us and the CA crew. [Canucks Army]
  • The Winnipeg Jets will be wearing Rick Rypien jerseys during pre-game warmup for their game against the Nashville Predators, then auctioning them off to benefit the Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness/Research initiative. [Too Many Men on the Site]
  • Vinny Prospal officially retired today, confirming his heart just wasn’t in it. “Within minutes of me stepping on the ice for practice last week in Abbotsford, I knew that I wanted to focus on something that was more important than hockey, my family.” [Puck Daddy]
  • News 1130 Sports claims that Mike Santorelli may require surgery, with a decision coming soon. Take it for what it’s worth, however, as they haven’t been a pillar of reliability in the past. [Twitter]

 

  • I am utterly confused: this is a Tony Gallagher column that looks past the Canucks’ lack of scoring and difficulty winning against teams above them in the standings and…looks on the bright side? There’s something severely off-putting about an optimistic Tony Gallagher, but thankfully the cynicism returns at the end, as he speculates that free agents will never want to come to Vancouver ever again. [The Province]
  • The Canucks’ power play has been awful, while the Newell Brown-coached Phoenix Coyotes’ power play is 9th in the league. Maybe he wasn’t the problem? [The Province]
  • The UBC hockey program is in serious trouble and Kevin Bieksa and the Vancouver Canucks are looking to help save it. [Vancouver Sun]
  • According to an Angus Reid poll, only 6% of Canucks fans think the team will make it past the second round of the playoffs. [Van City Buzz]
  • This game review of last night’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers coins the phrase “egg play” for when things get scrambly on the ice. I’m not sure if that one will take off. [The Hockey Gamer]
  • Finally, this photoshop, which came our way from the Canucks.com forums via Reddit, is really well done.

 

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10 comments

  1. Brian
    January 28, 2014

    When you read a Tony Gallagher column, do you hear him reading it to you in your head?

    Asking for a friend.

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  2. Brian
    January 28, 2014

    When you read a Tony Gallagher column, do you hear him reading it to you in your head?

    Asking for a friend.

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  3. Lenny
    January 28, 2014

    If right handed shooters score the majority of the PP goals, then not having RH shooters will create a problem. Now that we have a bunch of RH shooters in the line up, can we get Brown back?? You guys know where I can get a copy of his book on PP? I just like to know how he thinks.

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  4. Iceman
    January 28, 2014

    If Santorelli does require surgery on his shoulder that’s another huge blow to Canucks’ gut. They are already dragging their feet and the news will certainly put them on their knees… I really hate this whole twisted ordeal Hockey God made our team to go through this year.

    So 6% of the fanbase thinks we’ll go past 2nd round… I’m just curious what the percentages were, for making the playoffs and for getting out of the 1st round.

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  5. Xavier Nougat
    January 28, 2014

    “only 6% of Canucks fans think the team will make it past the second round of the playoffs”

    I can’t believe people think they’ll make it past the first round. If they even make it in at all.

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  6. Pavo
    January 28, 2014

    I think Gallagher is just a good old contrarian.

    Now that almost all of Canuck nation (not counting that deluded 6% of course), has sunk into pessimism, Tony spies shiny silver linings.

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  7. Crov
    January 28, 2014

    “According to an Angus Reid poll, only 6% of Canucks fans think the team will make it past the second round of the playoffs. [Van City Buzz]”

    The real question is how many delusional people think they’ll make it past the first round? I’m not one of those doom and gloom people but can’t see the Canucks being favored over most likely one of St. Louis, Chicago or Anaheim.

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  8. akidd
    January 29, 2014

    so…what’s the plan? does anyone know the plan? i mean cause it’s looking like this team has been exposed. torts just gave the top players huge minutes to create the illusion early on of competitiveness and now they’re out of gas, just like everyone feared they would be. west coast travel is killer. it really can’t come as a surprise that: top travel minutes + top minutes per game for 1st-liners+ less practice=up the creek and out of gas.

    but i can’t get upset. what else are you gonna do? roll four lines? i’m guessing the idea was to not take it on the chin right out of the gate with the new coach and new starting goalie. buying time and weathering the storm i believe you could fairly call it. this season was probably never meant to be going anywhere. just trying to keep up appearances until hopefully some of the new guys can give us a reason to watch. cause i gotta be honest, i’m walking away from games at this point. it’s brutally boring hockey with painful results. had a shower in the third period of the oilers game. timed it so i could see the last five minutes…but still.

    if things stay the same(they gotta be able to play better than this?!?) then this would be pretty much the scenario many warned of last june– dull hockey, lots of injuries, tired and underachieving top players, poor results. i’m just hoping they knew that would happen and it’s just a diversion tactic. because, even if gillis adds some more horses and the canucks somehow ice a more competitive lineup, there’s no way you win in the western conference playing your fourth line 5 mins a night….

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  9. old person
    January 29, 2014

    1. Torts rejected questions about a Cup team when he got here. He also said the schedule is brutal. He has a dog’s breakfast of talent and the whole league knows how to defend the Sedin cycle. So it’s grinder system hockey, block shots and survive what is an insane condensed Olympic season of attrition. Make it to the end with enough healthy bodies to ice a full team.

    2. Kassian. His skills, his hockey programmed IQ ( take away the tough guy role ) is closer to Beliveau than Bertuzzi. He is not plant his body on the crease and bounce pucks off his butt. He plays from the outside either using his size to gain position and head for the slot looking for the pass then a quick wrist shot or he gains the puck and looks for a team mate doing likewise. The cycle is Swahili to him. He plays Detroit style hockey and will never fit in with the Sedin cycle of patience, which is now ineffective because everybody just pushes them to the outside.

    3. The Canucks have to retool their offence in the off season. The Sedins are now a puck control line not an attacking first line. The size of today’s players and goalies means one/maybe two passes and quick shot, then attack the rebound … see 2. Kassian.

    4. Burrows. Because teams now push the Sedin cycle to the outside, they blanket their passing options in the slot and crease with the current prototype big D. Burrows doesn’t have a chance.

    5. Size. Mr. Gillis did a heck of a job looking for skill and character but the group hug after Schroeder’s goal had Schroeder’s head at Kassian’s shoulder. Lotta heart and skill, but seven games against LA? We’re hooped.

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  10. ikillchicken
    January 29, 2014

    Don’t worry. I have it on good authority that Tony’s next article will be back to normal:

    “Once upon a time there was a struggling hockey team. They were so bad that everyone died. The end.”

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