Stick in Link: GM, coach searches ongoing; Dale Weise is killing it right now

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 Wednesday during the offseason. 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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• A month from now, Laurence Gilman could be running the Canucks. Or he could be unemployed. Sort of a weird time for him. [Vancouver Sun]

• According to Elliotte Friedman, the Canucks have gotten permission to talk to Jim Benning of the Boston Bruins’ front office. [CBC]

• A thorough list of candidates for the Canucks as they start searching for a new head coach. Needs more “tall man that is actually two or three kids in an overcoat”, but this is a good primer. [Vancity Buzz]

• Ryan Lambert reviews that weird “Prehistoric Hockey” video, thanks to Thomas Drance butting in on a conversation that had nothing to do with him originally. Damn you, Thomas! This is how it went: Lambert had something to say about the video, and asked me if he could write a guest column. That sounded good to me, except that he wanted me to pay him. What do I look like, a guy that has money? (You’ll recall that he writes guest columns to raise money for 826 Boston, which is awesome. You should donate and make him write about what an idiot he is.) I low-balled him on Twitter, and Thomas saw the opportunity to steal Lambert’s brilliance for Canucks Army. Again: Damn you, Thomas! Anyway, Lambert is brilliant as usual: “ Obviously a dinosaur would be a tremendous physical force out there, but no one is that much of a difference-maker in terms of driving possession.” [Canucks Army]

• Dale Weise is making big contributions for the Canadiens in the postseason, and it’s fun to watch. As Jason Botchford notes, he’s probably more popular in Vancouver now than he was when he was here. [The Province]

• Did the Canucks do John Tortorella a favour in letting him go? [Burnaby News Leader]

• Kevin Bieksa thanks the Canadian Armed Forces for their sacrifice in Afghanistan.

• The Panthers have said that they’re willing to trade the 1st overall pick. Guts McTavish suggests it would be foolhardy of the Canucks to go after it. [24 Hours]

• Jason Garrison is blogging from the World Championships. [Canucks]

• Nicklas Jensen is also there. [IIHF]

• Prospect Alex Friesen talks about his strong finish to the year in Utica. [Comets]

• David Booth’s 2013-14 season in review. [Nucks Misconduct]

• And finally, for no reason at all, here’s Chris Ziggins, which is Chris Higgins crossed with a zigzagoon, which is a Pokemon that’s half raccoon, half zigzag. Man, the guys who came up with the Pokemon were so lazy. [Tumblr]

 

8 comments

  1. Chris the Curmudgeon
    May 7, 2014

    I think I could probably get a good Kickstarter campaign going to pay Ryan Lambert to write about what an idiot he is.

    All good feelings from me for Weise, too. Was he really guilty of anything besides being on a Gillis (mis)managed and Tortorella (poorly) coached team, just like every other Canuck who underwhelmed in 2013-14?

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    • Lance Uppercut
      May 7, 2014

      Torts may have not got a lot of things right with the Canucks, but one thing he did get right was his assessment of Weise. Weise can’t skate well, couldn’t fight, or contribute much to even the 4th line. Kinda sounds like Sestito… People are starting to remember him as something more bc he’s scored a couple of goals and rubbed it in. Good for him, but let’s not get carried away.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        May 7, 2014

        Can’t agree with all of that, particularly his skating, which is one of the few strengths of his game. But I will say that I was one of Weise’s biggest supporters among Canucksdom and even I think the rose-coloured glasses that some fans are wearing are ridiculous. I thought Weise was a capable fourth-liner with the Canucks, but didn’t have much upward mobility in the lineup. I’m happy he’s found a spot in Montreal and wish him the best, but if Canadiens fans think he’s going to keep scoring goals like this, they’re in for a rude surprise.

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      • akidd
        May 8, 2014

        weise got traded because he publicly questioned torts’ ice-time allocations. he basically stated the obvious but gillis had to keep up appearances. i liked weise and thought he wouldn’t be out of place on the 4th-line of a cup-winning team. character guy, played hard, skated hard, had decent hands. pretty hard to put up offence playing measly minutes. and when he did put a couple of points together he got healthy-scratched(if i remember correctly.)

        did torts really get fired? or was that a dream?

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  2. Lemming
    May 7, 2014

    See if the Panthers will take only Daniel Sedin for their 1st.

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  3. Naturalmystic
    May 8, 2014

    1. Kevin Bieksa is captain for team Canada at the world championships, so you know they are going to finish out of the medals.

    2. T-Rex video is horrible.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      May 8, 2014

      Good comment, Naturalcynic.

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  4. DanD
    May 8, 2014

    Maybe Weise just excels in places where English is not the official language?

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