Heading into Canucks training camp, there were just a few stories to keep an eye on. Simple things, like who would end up playing with the Sedins, who will centre the third line, and which defencemen will partner on the third pairing.
In net, however, there was no story. Though it will be interesting to see what happens throughout the season, particularly if Eddie Lack outplays Ryan Miller, training camp offered no drama for the goaltending position. Did you really think the $1.15 million sophomore was going to win the starting job over the newly-signed $6 million veteran? Come on!
It’s clear: the Canucks were going to start the season with Miller in net and Lack backing him up. Barring an injury, there was literally no other way things could shake out.
Notice how I keep using the past tense? That’s entirely on purpose.Continue Reading —›
When Eddie Lack was invited to play for Team Sweden at the upcoming Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, he was understandably excited. He called it a “dream come true” on Twitter, which makes sense. Just four years ago, Lack was a backup in the Swedish Elite League (behind his new backup, Jacob Markstrom) and putting on the blue and yellow to represent his country must have seemed like an unreachable fantasy.
Regrettably, it turned nightmarish just a week later when he had to pull out of the tournament due to injury. What injury, you ask? That’s the thing: we don’t know.Continue Reading —›
Getting the call from your home country to play in the World Championship has to be a little bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a tremendous honour to play for your country. On the other hand, it means you either missed the playoffs or got eliminated awfully early.
Accordingly, it can be difficult for a player to get excited to suit up for more hockey, having just recently come to grips with the thought of a long off-season. Others may decline the invitation due to lingering injuries that they’re eager to rehab before getting back into training and working out for next season.
Seven Canucks, however, have shaken out the doldrums and disappointment to commit to playing for their various countries: Alex Burrows, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison, Jannik Hansen, Nicklas Jensen, and Eddie Lack.Continue Reading —›
Eddie Lack got a lot of undeserved flak on Sunday afternoon during the Heritage Classic, bearing the brunt of fan outrage over John Tortorella’s decision to start him over Roberto Luongo. Sure, the jeers and boos weren’t really meant for him, but they were still directed at him, which likely feels about the same.
Lack handled the situation with his usual aplomb on Twitter, first taking a humorously passive-aggressive approach, then poking fun at himself. But that was just the public side of his Twitter persona. Taking a look at his favourites reveals some hidden hilarity.Continue Reading —›
Like Bilbo Baggins in the Fellowship of the Ring, the Canucks looked like butter scraped over too much bread. The Canucks appeared to spend all their available energy in the first period and spent the rest of the game making like the Seawall in a windstorm, just sitting there, withstanding wave after wave.
Considering I just compared the Canucks to a tiny hobbit who spent a lot of time being completely invisible and an inanimate object that massive numbers of people walk all over every day, you can probably guess that this game didn’t go too well for Vancouver. It would have gone a lot worse, however, if not for the efforts of Eddie “Electric Sex” Lack, so named because his legs are sexier than a leg lamp with a fishnet stocking on it.
Lack made save after save, but must have forgotten to put in the Konami code at the beginning of the game, as he ran out of saves at the last second. I wish I had played Contra, but instead I watched this game.Continue Reading —›
Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few topics that deserve mention.Continue Reading —›
Hungry like the Wolves is an ongoing feature on Pass it to Bulis during the lockout, wherein we keep an eye on the Canucks prospects and property currently playing for the Wolves as it’s the closest thing we’re going to get to Canucks hockey for quite some time.Continue Reading —›
Canucks fans have been given ample proof that Eddie Läck is a lovable goofball. The long-legged Swede even has his own signature dance move. He’s basically just one dimension removed from being a cartoon character. Thus, it should come as no surprise that this is exactly what’s on his new mask.
When it came time to design his new head protection, rather than asking Swedish artist Dave Gunnarson, one of hockey’s elite mask-painters, to cover it in lightning and skulls and flames and stuff, he requested cartoon characters. Original cartoon characters.
Meet Wolfy, the water-skiiing wolf.Continue Reading —›
The NHL lockout has forced many Canucks fans to turn to the AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves for their hockey fix, and for many, this has yielded a valuable discovery. If you thought Cory Schneider was a likeable cat — and he is, to be certain — he’s got nothing on the next guy on the Canucks’ depth chart. Eddie Lack may be the Canucks’ third-stringer in goal, but when it comes to the Canucks’ all-Twitter team, he’s… well, actually, he’s still not the starter.
But he’s in the top two. Eddie Lack is a full-blown character.
And, like all great characters — Bart Simpson, Steve Urkel, Elaine Benes, the Bluth family, Carlton Banks, and me — Lack apparently has a signature dance. I give you: the Lack dance.Continue Reading —›
While I never played ice hockey growing up, I regularly played street hockey with my friends. For some reason, I naturally gravitated towards being a goaltender, which was absurd given my small stature. But I had good reflexes, agility, and flexibility, so I stuck with it.
One of the best Christmas presents I ever received was a set of Ed Belfour street hockey goalie gear. They weren’t much more than foam with nylon wrapped around them, but I loved them. The baseball catcher-style chest protector was almost bigger than my entire body, so I didn’t wear it, leading to many bruises on my chest, but the light pads worked well with my agile, stand-up style.
Their best feature, however, was the image on the pads: half of Eddie “The Eagle” Belfour’s iconic mask was reproduced across each pad, causing them to form the entire mask when you brought the pads together. Besides being a helpful guide for knowing which pad to put on which leg, it also made the pads look exceptionally cool, which isn’t easy when it comes to cheap foam street hockey pads.
Why do I tell this story now? Because Eddie “The Stork” Lack has some new pads with a very similar design.Continue Reading —›
Earlier today, Chris Higgins took over the Canucks official Twitter account to answer some questions from fans. Apparently, he received a lot of questions about his abs, for which I feel I should take some of the blame. After all, PITB is the internet’s go-to source for Chris Higgins’ abs.
To Higgins’ credit, he’s always been good-natured about the attention. Some of his teammates, and potential future teammates, might not be.Continue Reading —›
The Canucks made another round of cuts this afternoon, sending Mike Duco, Eddie Lack, Yann Sauve, and Jordan Schroeder to Chicago, Nicklas Jensen to his junior club in Oshawa, and releasing Todd Fedoruk and Anders Eriksson outright. While there is still one final round of trimming to go, as a number of players that will need to clear waivers remain with the team (Mancari, Parent and/or Sulzer), today’s cuts were, in effect, the final round, giving us a fairly clear indication as to who will be in the lineup on opening night.
As we have been throughout this process, PITB is here to break down the moves.Continue Reading —›