Stick in Link: No mind room for Trevor Linden, Gino Odjick makes appearance at arena-naming ceremony

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 summer. 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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  • Mike Gillis tried a lot of different innovations in his time as Canucks GM, from the much-mocked “mind room” to the more-applauded sleep doctors, but Trevor Linden isn’t much of a fan of any of them: “I’m a big believer of the fundamentals of the game and they haven’t changed in 100 years.” [The Score]
  • Like they did with Mason Raymond last season, the Maple Leafs got a great deal on an under-performing former Canuck, signing David Booth for one year and $1.1 million. That’s a great deal for Booth, who will face lower expectations in Toronto than he did in Vancouver. [Vancouver Sun]
  • The Canucks have re-signed restricted free agents Darren Archibald and Brandon DeFazio to cheap one-year, two-way deals. We can expect to see Archibald get called up to the fourth line this season after 16 games with the Canucks last season, but DeFazio has the size and physical edge to do the same. [NHL]
  • Both Archibald and DeFazio are fan-favourites with the Utica Comets, with DeFazio recognized for his work in the community by being named the team’s IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year. [Utica Comets]
  • The town of Maniwaki, QC named an arena in honour of Gino Odjick, who is well-known for his work in First Nations communities and is currently battling a terminal heart condition. Surprising everyone, Odjick himself showed up for the naming ceremony. [APTN]
  • Shawn Matthias has a gorgeous Seagull acoustic guitar and can actually play it too. [Canucks Instagram]

  • New Canuck Derek Dorsett was public enemy number one in Vancouver when he played for the Medicine Hat Tigers after scoring the lone goal in the Tigers defeat of the Giants in the 2007 Memorial Cup and, before that, getting suspended for biting Giants winger Kenndal McArdle’s finger. He shouldn’t worry too much: Vancouver hockey fans are very forgiving of biters. [Medicine Hat News]
  • Should Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa be reunited? Would Hamhuis be offended if I said “Hell yes”? [Canucks Army]
  • The Canucks have been releasing little behind-the-scenes clips of Jim Benning at work and the latest comes from the Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison trade talks. Not going to lie, it worries me a ton that Benning is expecting 20 goals from Nick Bonino when he scored 22 with an unsustainably high 13.8 shooting percentage last season and that he sees Luca Sbisa as a top-four guy in three years time. [CanucksTV]

  • Elliotte Friedman’s final “30 Thoughts” of the summer is actually 54 thoughts, with numbers 31 to 35 specifically pertaining to the Canucks. Of note: Jim Benning is a big fan of Chris Tanev, so we agree on one thing, at the very least. [CBC]
  • Nuck Said’s summer series is all about Canucks fans and their stories. Part four of the series introduces us to Jason and Beck, both from Australia. [Nuck Said]
  • Glen Gulutzan was one of the key speakers at the 2014 Hockey Coaches Conference at UBC, speaking on the subject of defensive zone play. Beforehand, he appeared on Breakfast Television to talk about the conference, the Canucks, and Willie Desjardins. [CityTV]

8 comments

  1. Kelvin Yu
    July 23, 2014

    Jeeeeez could the Breakfast Television guys not strip the sound from the videos or something?

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  2. JeremyOK
    July 23, 2014

    I share your worry about the All Access clip as it relates to Bonino and Sbisa. In combination with the behind-the-scenes draft clip they released, it is really making the case that Benning and crew are going to be taking an old-school approach to player evaluation.

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    • akidd
      July 23, 2014

      I agree, unless jim was just playing it up for the cameras. if sbisa is getting passed on the depth chart in anaheim and left-shooting bonino doesn’t see 1st-unit pp time, benning’s predictions seem rather far-fetched. probably he was just trying to sell the kesler trade.

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    • Neil B
      July 23, 2014

      I may be reading too much into it, but my guess is they’re looking at Sbisa to become a Hamhuis-lite (similar to Tanev, but more physical). If Bonino gets second-line minutes and linemates, he’ll provide NHL-average second-line points. If we’re wondering who will replace Kess’ tough minutes, my guess is it will be Matthias. And Bonino. And, occasionally, Richardson/Horvat, and Hank.

      Just like most NHL teams without a Selke-calibre centre.

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  3. akidd
    July 23, 2014

    can’t say i was paying much attention to the seagull in that mathias vid…..

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  4. Chris the Curmudgeon
    July 24, 2014

    One thing I find encouraging is that you have GM’s and other such people (ie: ones whose opinions carry weight), discussing the Canucks suggesting that they think the Canucks both underachieved last year and have improved their roster for this year. In other words, last year’s squad performed below reasonable expectations instead of the expectations being unreasonable, and Benning has made strong moves (even the Kesler move, in Friedman’s article, was being touted almost as addition by subtraction by one GM regardless of the return). I think that bodes well for a bounce back season next year. I have typed it multiple times, but it bears repeating: rebuilding does not automatically mean sucking in the meantime and there’s no reason the team has to sacrifice doing their best in the present for success in the future. I’m glad we’re not following the Edmonton rebuilding model.

    Let’s not forget, Bonino and Sbisa are still on the happy sides of their primes. For all the concern that Bonino was being buoyed by playing on the first unit PP with Getzlaf and Perry, let’s not forget that Kesler’s numbers have been similarly inflated by playing as a trigger man on the PP with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, arguably better playmakers than even Anaheim’s best, not to mention that if Bonino can really be effective on the PP, Desjardins will probably try him with the Sedins. Sbisa has always been viewed as a guy with still untapped potential, and besides, the Canucks are plenty deep with defencemen (Hamhuis, Juice, Edler-hopefully, and Tanev all top 4), so they can be patient with him. The Kesler trade doesn’t need any “selling”: the more I think about it, the more I think we got the better of it, especially as it meant the quick disposal of a possible distraction and the selling high of a rapidly depreciating asset.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 24, 2014

      I agree with pretty much all of this. I honestly see the Canucks as a playoff team next season. Vrbata was a great signing, the Canucks have youth that are ready to contribute, and removing Kesler from the room may have a positive emotional effect.

      I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if Bonino doesn’t even play with the Sedins on the powerplay, as Vrbata has been an effective goal scorer with the man advantage and will probably get the first look on the top unit.

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        July 24, 2014

        Agreed Daniel. Having too many options to choose from on the power play is a far more preferable problem to deal with than having too few, as has been the case for the last couple of years. If Bonino’s PP numbers suffer a little because Vrbata rips it up with the top line, then let’s not miss the forest for the trees. One hopes that the deployment on the power play is also done somewhat more intelligently this year (ie: Hamhuis not on first unit).

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