Written by Dani Toth | 26 October 2011

Everyone wants to touch a Sedin...

When you consider Alex Sulzer as one of the best players in tonight's game, you know you have a problem. When you can't score in the game, you know you have a problem. When Bieksa is again a -2 and now a -9 on the year, we've got a problem. When you getting shutout to Brian Elliott, we've got a problem

Maybe we can fire an assistant coach?

So Schneider looked better than Luongo of late, but he can't score goals. This no scoring goal thing has been a bit of a problem for the Canucks. It's frustrating to watch the team come out and not look like they care about really doing what it takes to get a win. In last night's game against Edmonton, it wasn't until the last 5, maybe 10 minutes that the Canucks actually showed an interest in winning the game. By then it was too late.

Tonight, the Canucks looked at loose pucks on the ice like it wasn't worth their time.

Thoughts from the last two nights
  • Sulzer, Booth, Ballard and Kesler played well
  • Booth skates really well
  • I've been a Luongo defender, but it really has been hard to defend him lately. Has he ever been this bad in October? What happens if he doesn't have a good November?
  • At what point does AV give Schneider a legitimate shot to be the starter?
  • I can't believe we lots to Elliott, and even worse gave him a shutout
  • I will make allowances for the 2nd line not putting up goals as Kesler tries to find his instincts to shoot and Booth finds chemistry
  • The Sedins need to step it up
  • Hodgson makes some really randomly stupid mistakes with the puck. They haven't hurt him too badly yet, but you can see where players that have more experience than him can take advantage of him
  • Higgins was invisible, and then he was removed from the 2nd line during the 3rd
  • Hansen wasn't that much better
  • This is our 3rd shutout this season
I'm afraid that these games that we should win will hurt us in the long run, but we do have still lots of time to find out game. With the Caps rolling in to town with their perfect record, this city is only going to get more antsy. This is going to be a long couple of days until Saturday. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 22 October 2011


For the first time ever, I think I just caught myself agreeing with Mike Milbury. I know, I know, how could you ever agree with Mike Milbury?

If you haven't seen it yet, check out this Saturday's Hot Stove (start around the 4:20 mark). It's not really a hot stove topic to me, but thank god they talked about it.

Since all the games during the playoffs were carried by CBC, we haven't seen it for a while, but Sportsnet is back with it again with their advertisements on the glass behind the net. The ad is superimposed on the glass so it doesn't actually affect a ticket holders view but watching it during the Minnesota game today, it is really irritating. The superimposed images are unavoidable to everyone and stand out much more than the rinkboard advertisements. Maybe it's because I haven't gotten used to it, or because it seems to hover across the glass, but it's seems to make me angry watching it.

Milbury didn't like it either. He said he felt like boycotting watching because it bothers him. To which Ron McLean says he understands the purpose and then Eric Francis tries to equate the nets at the rink needing time for people to adjust to as well. Yes Eric, it may have required time to have people adjust to it, but the nets are there to save lives, not make more advertising money. So for the first time since I can remember, I'm agreeing with Milbury in his dislike for the ads.

The Globe and Mail did an article on it earlier this year that is worth a quick read. A lot of people PVR games and skip over the commercial breaks, so there is a loss in exposure for the advertisers. Sometimes for the early games I do this, although for 7pm starts I usually suck it up to watch the commercials since sports doesn't seem right to watch it delayed. I get how it is another avenue for Sportsnet to sell advertisements, but isn't this a bit much? no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 17 October 2011

When I first picked out seeing the Rangers game to see tomorrow night it was because I thought it would be a good game to watch. I loved Torts from his days down in Tampa Bay and to see him coaching again in person would be a treat. Add in a little Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards, and the Rangers are almost palatable. Plus I expected the Rangers to be better than they currently are doing in the standings.

I didn't expect the Rangers to be the only pointless team this far into the season, or that Ryan Kelser would make is early return from injury tomorrow, or how tempered my excitement about tomorrow's game is right now. My excitement is mellowed because tomorrow night is night that the Canucks will remember Rick Rypien.

The Jets did it beautifully on their home opener in Winnipeg just over a week ago, and I expect no less from the Canucks. Everyone who is a Canucks fan has a favorite Rick Rypien moment, so tomorrow night will be hard, for a lot of us. I imagine this will be heartbreaking and I cannot say that I knew him at all, just know of his on-ice charisma. I cannot imagine what his family will feel tomorrow.

Last week before the Jets game I spend the morning reading this article on Rypien by Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press. It is a long and tough article to read, but I highly recommend spending the time to. I don't want to quote from it because I feel that you should read it in its entirety because it really is worth spending the time.

Here's to hoping that his short life will amount to something more by allowing us to talk and educate ourselves about depression, and how much it hurts.

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Written by Dani Toth | 06 October 2011

For the first time in three and a half months, I packed my Canucks shirt with me to work. It's a bit rainy outside and this just feels right, no? Hockey is back, and with Thanksgiving around the corner, it just feels all so right.

And for the first time in months, I am now excited to start this hockey season. I'm not sure if the Pensblog writers felt this way about the beginning of the season after they had lost to Detroit in the SCF, but it took a while to care about hockey.

Can the Canucks do what they did last year? Impossible to predict and also unlikely to happen. So let's move on from what happened last year, and enjoy the beginning of the season for what it is. Hockey is back, be grateful, because if we have a lock-out next year, you won't get the joy of feeling like today is Christmas.

Head over to the boys at The Pensblog for your opposition blog coverage. I might be jumping on their pre-game podcast, so if you want to give it a listen. I'm sure I'll get ripped in their c-blog for my podcast appearance.


No Crosby is not playing, but I wanted to use the photo no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 04 October 2011


I am not below posting this photo. This is for R, L and T. The season starts in less than 48 hours.

The photo is via @Sean_Leahy. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 03 October 2011

Today Hodgson is making a statement that he is a real NHL player, not just a rookie with a high jersey number. As we all have heard by now, Hodgson is going from being 39 to number 9. It was worn most recently by Taylor Pyatt. More notably it was worn by Ivan Boldirev, Russ Courtnall, Gary Leeman and Dale Tallon.

From The Province:

“I remember talking to the training staff before, it’s something you have to earn, make the team first,” Hodgson said. “I came in this morning and it was on my helmet.

Congrats to him on getting the new number, and at least it gave us a break from the repetitive stories about Crosby not playing on Thursday night no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 29 September 2011


Earlier this summer Harrison Mooney of Pass it to Bulis asked me to contribute to a Canucks preview magazine he was putting together. Since I've given up on pre-season game watching, I finally had a chance to give it a read. And, well, it's really, really well written. Like 1000% better than this blog post will be.

The 2011 Maple Street Press Canucks Annual is 112 pages of Canucks content and is written by some of your already favorite bloggers.

Who you ask? Borrowing from Mooney's words:

The Canucks’ annual features an exclusive interview between Vancouver Sun beat writer Ian Walker and Kevin Bieksa, as well as contributions from Justin Bourne of Puck Daddy, Remy Greer, Thomas Drance, and Cam Davie of Canucks Army, Yankee Canuck, Kent Basky and Cam Charron of Nucks Misconduct, Katie Maximick and Richard Loat from Canucks Hockey Blog, the great Tom Benjamin who blogs over at Canucks Corner, Dani Toth of Benched Whale, Jeff Angus of Dobber Hockey, and Daniel Wagner, Qris Johnson and myself from Pass it to Bulis. In short, there is no shortage of talented Canuck writers; this is a star-studded lineup.

You can either order it direct from here or pick it up at newsstands around Vancouver, like at Chapters.

So onto our next set of business: Rinkotology


The boys from The Pensblog are at it again with their Rinkotology 2011 game.

Well it's actually three two-month long games. Less commitment than a whole season of fantasy hockey and you get a reboot with your team if you want to switch it up. Go here to read all the details.

You get to win bragging rights, and more importantly there is cash to be won. And a Championship Belt. Who doesn't want to win a Championship Belt?
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