Stick in Link: Horvat could still play for Team Canada; 7-game road trips are too long

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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  • There’s still a chance that the Canucks could send Bo Horvat to play for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship and you could make the argument that it’s worth doing. Not only woud it be a valuable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for Horvat, he would also get the chance to play big minutes and dominate among his peers. On the Canucks side of things, Zack Kassian should be returning right around that time. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Nicklas Jensen and Frank Corrado have been sent back to Utica. This makes sense for Jensen, as Shawn Matthias looks ready to return, but Corrado’s departure leaves the Canucks short a seventh defenceman, so I assume someone else will be getting the call before Saturday’s game against the Rangers. [Puck World]
  • John Garrett thinks seven-game road trips are two games too long and that the Canucks’ recent road trip looks a lot better if you cut it short at five games. [Canucks]
  • The NHL has allowed prospective owner Bill Foley to conduct a trial season-ticket drive in Las Vegas to test if the market could support an NHL franchise. One of Foley’s main concerns: ”I don’t want to see everyone in the stands with a Canucks jersey on.” [ESPN]
  • Jim Jamieson compiles a list of likes and dislikes about the Canucks season, praising the play of the fourth line and bemoaning the play of the first. [The Province]
  • Ryan Miller makes ESPN’s list of most overpaid players in the NHL. [ESPN Insider]
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this King of the Rink starring Chris “The Silent Assassin” Tanev. Eddie Lack on Tanev’s favourite toy as a youngster: “Not a toy car, because he sucks at driving.” That was way harsh, Tai. [CanucksTV]

  • With Martin Brodeur signing with the St. Louis Blues, the Sedins are now the fifth and sixth longest-tenured active players with one team. [r/Canucks]
  • Nick Bonino has gone cold, with no goals in 15 games and no points in his last 6 games, so the question must be asked: how do you get him going again? [Canucks Army]
  • The C4 podcast asks an even more important question: is it time to panic? To which I answer, we’re Canucks fans, it’s always time to panic. [Canucks Hockey Blog]
  • The Canucks need a bit more power from their power play and the answer may be to tweak the second unit. [Always90Four]
  • Aaron Ward searched Twitter for his own name, found a pretty harmless joke by Canucks blogger Ryan Biech, and proceeded to insult him on Twitter and go on a completely needless tirade on TSN 1040 about it. For a supposed tough guy, he has awfully thin skin. [VanCity Buzz]
  • Want to watch 12 minutes of highlights from last night’s Utica Comets game? No? How about a minute-and-a-half of highlights, followed by ten-and-a-half minutes of post-game interviews? The best part is 35 seconds in, when Tom Sestito — yes, Tom Sestito — undresses a defenceman and comes just short of an incredible, highlight-reel goal. You also get a gorgeous assist by Nicklas Jensen and a couple nice goals from Bobby Sanguinetti. [Comets TV]

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8 comments

  1. Brent
    December 12, 2014

    “so I assume someone else will be getting the call before Saturday’s game against the Rangers”

    Or tis here a trade in the works for a defenceman? I think we need a little shoring up in the back end. But then you could say that about many people.

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    • DJ
      December 12, 2014

      Based on the Comets’ highlights, I’m guessing Sanguinetti gets a call.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        December 12, 2014

        I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s got NHL experience and leads the Comets’ defencemen in scoring.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          December 12, 2014

          Ha, nevermind, Alex Biega got called up this morning. Somehow slipped my attention.

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  2. Char Richo
    December 12, 2014

    By “once in a lifetime” experience for Horvat, you meant twice in a lifetime right? ;)

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 12, 2014

      I considered it, but each one is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This one’s in Canada! Boom, once-in-a-lifetime.

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  3. naturalmystic
    December 12, 2014

    How much longer do we have to wait before we can throw Jensen and Corrado onto the tire fire that is Vancouver’s historical draft record?

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    • beeeee
      December 12, 2014

      Corrado: For a 5th round pick, who is only 21? Another 4 years.

      Jensen: Late 1st round pick, also 21? 2 years.

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