ICYMI…See y’all later! Thanks for coming out Canucks…not!


After the second period of Thursday’s Vancouver Canucks game, I went on a grocery run.  I ran late getting back and checked the score on my phone in line to pay. The scoreline had jumped to 4-1 Dallas and my immediate thought was that I had loaded some old score from months ago.

It was impossible that the Stars had put up three goals so fast.

Well, about that…

Love ‘Em

1. Derek Roy is good

He’s not being used exactly right, but so far he’s above Bryan Smolinski on the trade deadline bell curve.

The problem is that putting Roy with Ryan Kesler means that one of Andrew Ebbett or Max Lapierre is your third line centre, which is exactly the depth problem Roy was supposed to fix.


2. Kevin Bieksa is good


The Canucks are horrible without him, so rest assured that Bieksa is pretty much a franchise defenseman.

That third period was bad. Victoria boy Jamie Benn was good.

That third period was bad. Victoria boy Jamie Benn was good.

Is it hyperbole to say when Bieksa comes back the Canucks will never lose? (Probably.)

3. Dan Hamhuis is good

Guy never gets enough credit for being the rock that he is.

So on a night where very few is to be loved, hail to thee Dan Hamhuis. May you never hip check anyone these playoffs and sink our cup chances.

Hate ‘Em

1. Cam Barker is bad

Barker, worst of the awful Oilers blueliners, was put into a top-four role last night and somehow, shockingly, failed to meet the challenge.

Will the downfall of the Canucks in 2013 be their ability to boost their defensive depth at the deadline?

Only time will tell! (Unfortunately.)

2. That third period was bad


So, let’s not talk about it.

Let’s goooo cognitive dissonance.

3. AV’s face is bad

What’s going on there?

First noticed it Monday, and no explanation yet.

Did he walk into a door? Is it his own clumsy fault?

Did Keith Ballard finally lash back?

Did Aaron Rome even recognize the face that once fell in love with him?


  • 1. C. Eakin
  • 2. V. Fiddler
  • 3. K. Lehtonen


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