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 firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @passittobulis, or just come over and write your link on a pad of paper, I guess.)
- Brad Ziemer puts together a to-do list for Jim Benning as the Canucks’ new GM. I’m not sure that “Buy every Canucks beat writer a new Ferrari” is an essential task. [Vancouver Sun]
- With Barry Trotz off the market, Willie Desjardins, the head coach of the AHL’s Texas Stars, may be the top candidate to step behind the bench in Vancouver. During the 2011-12 season with the Dallas Stars, Desjardins was an assistant coach behind Glen Gulutzan, who was notably not fired when Trevor Linden let John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan go. [The Province]
- It seems possible and even likely that Ryan Kesler still wants out of Vancouver, probably to a legitimate top-tier Cup contender while he’s still ostensibly in his prime. Benning seems pretty keen on keeping him around. [The Score]
- If Kesler does get traded, there may not be a better trade partner than the Anaheim Ducks, who have a significant need for someone like Kesler and have assets to burn. [Edmonton Journal]
- Anaheim makes sense as a trade partner, but what about Columbus or Tampa Bay? Jared Featherstone makes the case. [The Hockey Writers]
- Both Canucks Army and yours truly have been pretty critical about the Canucks’ drafting during Ron Delorme’s tenure as Director of Amateur Scouting, but Mack Irwin suggests it hasn’t been as disastrous as we’ve made it seem. He points out the role of luck in developing prospects and prizes process over results. Definitely worth reading. [Pond Hockey Thoughts]
- Speaking of, Rhys takes a different tack to the Canucks’ scouting and drafting issues by comparing their results to the other 29 teams in the league. It’s worth noting that Jim Benning comes out looking very good in this analysis. [Canucks Army]
- The gang over at Nucks Misconduct cut open the corpse of Roberto Luongo for another player autopsy. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Jim Benning isn’t exactly a livewire in his interviews, so it’s a good thing Dimitri Filipovic transcribed the highlights of his most recent interview with TSN Drive so you don’t have to listen to the whole thing. [Canucks Army]
- Harman Dayal takes a look at what the Boston model is really built around: shrewd trades and depth. [VanCity Buzz]
- Jordan Subban apparently drove Hunter Shinkaruk around Toronto on Tuesday to get stitches. I have no idea what that’s all about.
- Meanwhile, Anton Cederholm will be driving himself around as he looks to celebrate his new contract with the Canucks by buying a new car. In the comments on Instagram, he says, “Haha not mine…yet,” so he apparently hasn’t spent his $65,000 signing bonus just yet.
- Who will be joining Shinkaruk, Subban, and Cederholm in the Canucks’ prospect pool? We’ll be going over some of the options for the Canucks’ 1st round pick in the near future, but one name that has come up repeatedly is Jake Virtanen, who underwent shoulder surgery recently, though it was minor and shouldn’t affect his draft stock. According to Linden, he’s definitely on their radar. [The White Towel]
- These highlights from a 1993 game between the Kings and Canucks don’t end well for Vancouver, but they’re still fun to watch. Dave Babych! Sergio Momesso! Kirk McLean! [The Royal Half]
- Finally, you had to know this was coming: Clayton Imoo and Marie Hui collaborating for an ode to Jim Benning, a parody of “Let It Be” entitled “Jimmy B”. As per usual, it’s pretty dang good.
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