Black Ice Issue #5 — This Game Sucked

There is no need for punditry. There is no need for spin. Empirical evidence ought to do just fine. This game sucked — by all accounts.

Where to begin. Let’s start with my hangover. I still haven’t gone home. I’m at the library right now. I’m too scared to go home. To frightened of my living room. My television. My hopes and dreams.

I’m being facetious, but Jesus. It’s only three games in one says. But this reminds me of a game last year when we lost to the Flyers 8-1 in another spiritess loss. While it is only three games in, the Canucks every year have to remind themselves that every win counts. How close have we missed the playoff 2 out of the last 3 years? 3 points in 2007-08 and 3 points in 2005-06. That means they need to win every game. Or at the very least — do not lose so insipidly.

The Canucks need to be mindful they play much better teams in the East this year than last. And they play all teams at least once. In the past, games against Eastern Conference teams, bordered on exhibition-like. From now onward every game matters. This was a badly scouted effort and Iain Macintyre was right in condemming the Darcy Hordichuk healthy scratch. Coaching needs to realize that this team is going to win on grit and determination; timely goals by tough competitors. Kyle Wellwood, showed nothing of this tonight and I’m pretty sure Coach Vee noticed. Actually nobody showed nothing tonight, registering just 10 shots all game on Washington’s back-up goalie.

Ovechkin was held off the score sheet, but that is a boring excuse for a boring effort. The Capitals are too front loaded to forget about the likes of Mike Green, Alexander Semin and Michael Nylander. This could be the team to beat this season and since the Canucks only play them once, this was the game to win.

Empirical evidence acts as a fine Litmus test.

Next Up — Detroit

Black Ice Issue #3 — How I spent the season opener

… or How either technology failed me or I failed technology

The short answer is work. I spent the season opener of the 2008-2009 Vancouver Canucks at working. Normally this is no problem, I just listen to the game on the radio. Since I have made a commitment to write a blog for all 82 game this year I figured I could at least watch the first one. Well is worked out, sort of.

CBC — that ubiquitous public broadcaster — plays Hockey Night In Canada on their website. This is a great option, but my Mac at work won’t let me load some of the plugins so the reception is pretty shitty. I caught most of the first period, but the play-by-play was so bad I switched to Team 1040 for the second stanza. In the third period I biked down to Pat’s Pub on my break. Unfortunately there was a terrible band playing Rancid covers so I watched the rest of the game in silence (arguably). To recap: I barely watched and mostly listened to the first period. I listened to but did not watch the second period. And I watched but did not listen to the third. Stupid, but my cross to bear, considering I could have asked for the night off in advance.

Nonetheless I am delighted with the outcome. Canucks win. Joe happy. Usually when I drink at Pat’s I wait for people to go smoke and then I steal beer from their unguarded pitchers. Cheap beer even cheaper. Tonight I was content merely to sit and watch abstemiously; immersed in victory.

The highlight of the game was watching the Sedins, fully actualized with new Canuck Steve Bernier. It’s hard to forget that just four months ago the Sedin’s were still looking for a regular linemate after seven seasons in Vancouver. The first major change from the Quinn/Burke/Nonis era is that nostalgic, Mike Gillis is not. He let go of many stalwart from that era and has ushered in a new ideology: bold moves! He also inherited a pretty good hockey team. This was apparent tonight when the top players were Daniel Sedin (3 points), Alex Burrows (2 goals) and Roberto Luongo (25 saves, 0.00 GAA) all leftovers from Nonis and Co.

The problem with the Quinn regime (and consequently the heavy hearted Canuck fanbase) was the failure to let go of the past. Remember ’94 we would say? Remember Pavel Bure we would moan? Remember the Westcoast Express we would labour? Remember would always precede the inevitable if onlys. If only there wasn’t that fuckin goal post blocking Linden’s tying goal in game seven we would say in agony. If only Bure wasn’t the only superstar on the team during the 90’s. If only Dan Cloutier didn’t suck. For every good thing this team has ever had there are ten excuses for why we never win.

Mike Gillis seems to have done away with lamentable facets from the past (Naslund, Morrison etc.). He has hinted there could be further moves to shore up offense. The performance tonight (not to mention the preseason) is proof that many of Gillis’ tactics could paid off. Sundin who? We Canucks faithful add, with a dash of scoffing glee. I wonder how long it will take before the if onlys start up again.

Next up — Calgary

Dave Comment:

Great beer tip! Not for the squeasmish though
Those non-smoking laws enable a great way to “share” beer ;-). Make sure you are up to date on your shots before sharing though. As for good pubs to watch the game at, … the choices seem to be be cheesy “chachie” kinda places or divey bars with crappy tvs and other noise. Perhaps we need a game-watching pub guide column on the site?

Joe Comments:
thats a great idea.

thats a great idea. especially for someone like me. i like pat’s especially on sunday because its pretty empty. also the dover arm’s is pretty good. not too many dorks. its hard to find a bar in this town without serious ‘douche’ tendencies.
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Black Ice Issue #2 — Pre-Season

The Vancouver Canucks and the Buffalo Sabres share an immutable bond. Both teams entered the league in the second round of modern-era expansion in 1970. Both teams have had more jeresey/logo changes and style woes than any fan cares to mention. Both teams have respectively won their division five times and both teams have been to the Stanley Cup finals twice and lost.

Buffalo was the team to beat two seasons ago. They had a small window to achieve the consummate hockey holy grail. Icing a ridiculously talented roster with a knack for scoring by committee, Buffalo was the team to beat. And they were beat. Not, however, before entertaining the hell out of fans. In the 2006-2007 season five players scored 30 or more goals for Buffalo. That is an amazing stat considering no one on the team finished in the top ten in scoring that year. They had their window, they did not capitalize.

Vancouver have a really good chance of perpetuating their bond with Sabres fans this year.

Enter Steve Bernier. Both Bernier and Daniel Sedin stand a legitimate chance of scoring 30 goals. There is fundamental promise for this line. Paring Bernier with the Sedins has the appearance of not just a flirtation, but likely a budding romance. In the past the Sedins have toyed with the idea of elite scoremanship. When management sat down to commiserate on what the Sedins need to put them over the edge and went out and acted they came up with a very wise, methodical choice. Bravo Mike Gillis on this move.

Enter Pavol Demitra. Demitra looks like an autistic genius finally let out of the asylum. He is skating, making plays, waltzing around defenders and generally playing a game of entertainment not seen in Vancouver in years. He looks like he’s having fun and its infectious. Whether he’s playing with Mason Raymond, Kyle Wellwood or Taylor Pyatt, he’s going to lite up the red lamp this year. He makes those around him better and his energy seems to rub off. If he plays with Raymond and Pyatt this year either guy stands a good chance of hitting the 30 goal plateau. Is this the secret to breaking the secondary scoring curse that has plagued the Canucks for so long? Expect this line to excel.

Enter Jannick Hansen. We’ll probably see, Ryan Kesler score 25-30 goals this year. Burrows will continue his point incline not to mention his nettlesome ways. Hansen will help hit the final nail into the secondary scoring casket. This guy works. Plain and simple. He gets the puck because he hustles. He creates opportunity because he’s smart and he thinks quickly. (I’ve already hear John Shorthouse dub him “The Great Dane” but i’m not sold.) This line has the talent and tenacity to score fifty goals for the team. Secondary just became even more of an afterthought.
Enter The Defense. If (emphasis on if) the blue-line stays healthy they are the deepest and most sinister in the league. Last year D-men 1 through 5 were the best in the league collectively. With the delightful early arrival of Alexander Edler last year the offensively minded defense corp has the ability to score fifty goals. Kevin Bieksa continues to improve and Sami Salo and Matthias Ohlund provide a stable cast of veterans guarding the zone. There might not be Norris callibre, but that’s an arbitrary award when you boast the best defense, collectivelly, in the league.
There is a real possiblity with this squad to ramp up the offense in the post-lockout, post-Naslund/Linden era. The Sabres, a few years ago, roared out of the gate with an offensive style that capitalized on a young, fast, puck-possession team that scored goals as a team.

The moral of the story is that the Canucks could mirror the goal scoring of the 06-07 Sabres. If they do this then they too have a small window to capitalize. If they are anything like the Sabres of old they will not win. But hell, the rides gonna be fun.

dave note:

Jannick Hansen is Hamlet

I like Hamlet for Jannick’s nickname – it isn’t an accurate historical reference but the vague Shakespeare association works for me.

From http://absoluteshakespeare.com/guides/summaries/hamlet/hamlet_summary.htm

Shakespeare’s longest play and the play responsible for the immortal lines “To be or not to be: that is the question:” and the advise “to thine own self be true,” begins in Denmark with the news that King Hamlet of Denmark has recently died. Denmark is now in a state of high alert and preparing for possible war with Young Fortinbras of Norway. A ghost resembling the late King Hamlet is spotted on a platform before Elsinore Castle in Denmark. King Claudius, who now rules Denmark, has taken King Hamlet’s wife, Queen Gertrude as his new wife and Queen of Denmark.
For other nicknames: Pavol Demitra is “Micheal Stipe” and Steve Bernier is “Bernie” and Cap’n Lou is way better than Louis and waaay better than Lui.

Canucks Outsider on CBC Radio One “B.C. Almanac” (2008)

bc almanac season kick off

On the opening day of the 2008-09 NHL season, Canucks Outsider host Dave Olson is interviewed by Mark Forsythe on CBC’s Radio One show “B.C. Almanac”. They discuss new players, expectations and buzz, keys to success and the untimely demise of young defensemen Luc Bourdon.

Download Canucks Outsider on CBC Radio One “B.C. Almanac” (64k mp3, 6:46, 5MB)

Thanks to Bread the Producer for the recording and cheers to Brady for the hook-up

At CBC to talk Canucks
Dave in the lobby of Studio 31 at CBC Vancouver

Canucks Outsider on CBC + Fan Zone and Crazy Photo Content

Canucks at burrard at stnThe season starts for real this week and there’s plenty going on in Canuck-land. Besides player movement and line combos to sort out, here are a couple of tasty bits and pieces …

Canucks Outsider on CBC

I’ll appear on CBC Radio One tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2008) on the BC Almanac show at around 12:30 tomorrow to talk about the impending Canucks season – be sure to tune in (and someone do me a favor and record it eh). For fun, here’s me and Roland Tanglao discussing the Canucks Outsider “Alive for the Playoffs” live stream on CBC Radio’s “On the Coast” a couple seasons ago.

Win Prizes with Photos

You may have noticed me and my cohorts from the Crazy Canucks on the transit advertising in Skytrain stations around Vancouver. Wily fans can win prizes including lower-bowl tickets to the open practice (ohhh ahhh) from JJ of Canucks Hockey Blog. To enter, submit a photo with you posing with one of the Crazy Canucks ads. See TCC#65 – Getting our hopes up and/or Miss 604’s Spot The Crazy Canucks Contest for details.

Curmudgeonly Goalie Guest

I’ll be bringing former pro player and outspoken analyst Ian Bell onto the Outsider next week to talk about playing in Europe, playing for Team Canada and how the Canucks look to him this season. Bound to be entertaining (well, the podcast is *always* entertaining right?)

New Pundit Rocks

Have you read the first edition of Joe Tory’s “Black Ice” column? Besides having loquacious opinions about the Canucks, Joe fronts a sonic juggernaut of a band called the Black Tories. You can hear their music in episodes of the Canucks Outsider and/or at theBlackTories.com – be sure to keep an eye out for gigs in your area.

Outsider sells out

The Canucks.com launched a new section, the Fan Zone, to feature social media makers and profile die-hard Canuck fans around the world. Both the Canucks Outsider and Crazy Canucks podcasts are of course in the mix. The Outsider listing even comes with a disclaimer.

For your amusement, here’s the Canucks Outsider feature page, the Fan Zone Guide page and the Crazy Canucks profile page. Next up, i think we need hockey cards ;-)

Canucks Outsider podcast on Canucks.com Fanzone

Description

The original Canucks podcast, the Canucks Outsider is the fan’s audio magazine. Each episode is a unique documentary delving deep into Canucks lore past and present. The shows are recorded on the road, at the rink, or on the porch, but always with a beer in hand.

Canucks Outsider also explores international tournaments, Vancouver Giants, Winter Olympics and hockey culture in general and offer a special welcome to Canucks fans far and wide in foreign lands. Dave is also heard on The Crazy Canucks podcast and hosts the noted “Alive for the Playoffs!” streaming video casts.

What’s there:
After-hours analysis and insight on the Canucks and hockey culture

(Warning! may not be appropriate for younger listeners)

What’s good:
Anecdotes about Canucks history and irreverent recordings from unexpected locations

About

Canucks Outsider host, Dave Thorvald Olson, is a long-time hockey aficionado, published writer and documentary maker. He adds creative insight and literary depth to his deep Canucks roots and vast memorabilia collection.

Dave’s often joined by the wise Dan Funboy who brings thoughtful, pragmatic analysis and keeps Dave in check, along with an assortment other outspoken guests and hardcore pundits

New Podcast – alas with less beer

Finally, a new Outsider goes out late tonight or sometime tomorrow. Thanks to Molson Brew 2.0 for sending me a case of Rickard’s beer while i was recovering from an off-season emergency appendectomy. I am getting my skating legs back just in time for the season! Thanks for the good wishes from the Canucks and you decent folks in Canucks Nation. Prost!

CBC Radio, Crazy Photo Contest and Canucks Fan Punditry Ahoy!

The season starts for real this week and there’s plenty going on in Canuck-land. Besides player movement and line combos to sort out, here are a couple of tasty bits and pieces …

Outsider on CBC

I’ll be on CBC Radio One tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2008) on the BC Almanac show at around 12:30 tomorrow to talk about the impending Canucks season – be sure to tune in (and someone do me a favour and record it eh). For fun, here’s me and Roland Tanglao discussing the Canucks Outsider “Alive for the Playoffs” live stream on CBC Radio’s “On the Coast” a couple seasons ago.

Win Prizes with Photos

Canucks at burrard at stn

You may have noticed me and my cohorts from the Crazy Canucks on the transit advertising in Skytrain stations around Vancouver. Wily fans can win prizes including lower-bowl tickets to the open practice (ohhh ahhh) from JJ of Canucks Hockey Blog. To enter, submit a photo with you posing with one of the Crazy Canucks ads. See TCC#65 – Getting our hopes up and/or Miss 604’s Spot The Crazy Canucks Contest for details.

Curmudgeonly Goalie Guest

I’ll be bringing outspoken analyst Ian Bell onto the Outsider next week to talk about playing in Europe, playing for Team Canada and how the Canucks look to him this season. Bound to be entertaining (well, the podcast is *always* entertaining right?)

New Pundit Rocks

Have you read the first edition of Joe Tory’s “Black Ice” column? Besides having loquacious opinions about the Canucks, Joe fronts a sonic juggernaut of a band called the Black Tories. You can hear their music in episodes of the Canucks Outsider and/or at theBlackTories.com – be sure to keep an eye out for gigs in your area.

Outsider sells out

The Canucks.com launched a new section, the Fan Zone, to feature social media makers and profile die-hard Canuck fans around the world. Both the Canucks Outsider and Crazy Canucks podcasts are of course in the mix. The Outsider listing even comes with a disclaimer.

Description
The original Canucks podcast, the Canucks Outsider is the fan’s audio magazine. Each episode is a unique documentary delving deep into Canucks lore past and present. The shows are recorded on the road, at the rink, or on the porch, but always with a beer in hand.

Canucks Outsider also explores international tournaments, Vancouver Giants, Winter Olympics and hockey culture in general and offer a special welcome to Canucks fans far and wide in foreign lands. Dave is also heard on The Crazy Canucks podcast and hosts the noted “Alive for the Playoffs!” streaming video casts.

What’s there:
After-hours analysis and insight on the Canucks and hockey culture

(Warning! may not be appropriate for younger listeners)

What’s good:
Anecdotes about Canucks history and irreverent recordings from unexpected locations

For your amusement, here’s the Canucks Outsider feature page, the Fan Zone Guide page and the Crazy Canucks profile page. Next up, i think we need hockey cards ;-)

 

Canucks Outsider podcast on Canucks.com Fanzone

Canucks Outsider host, Dave Thorvald Olson, is a long-time hockey aficionado, published writer and documentary maker. He adds creative insight and literary depth to his deep Canucks roots and vast memorabilia collection.

Dave’s often joined by the wise Dan Funboy who brings thoughtful, pragmatic analysis and keeps Dave in check, along with an assortment other outspoken guests and hardcore pundits.

New Podcast – alas with less beer

Finally, a new Outsider goes out late tonight or sometime tomorrow. Thanks to Molson Brew 2.0 for sending me a case of Rickard’s beer while i was recovering from an off-season emergency appendectomy. I am getting my skating legs back just in time for the season! Thanks for the good wishes from the Canucks and you decent folks in Canucks Nation. Prost!

“Who Owns the Canucks?” – Canucks Outsider #64

In the wake of Reg Dunlop (AKA Paul Newman)’s demise, Dave answers the question “Who owns the Canucks?” – The answer is “All of us!”

Besides tracing his journey as a fan and introducing new listeners to the show’s format (with help from clips of CBC’s On the Coast show), Dave breaks down the new look Canucks roster – still in the midst of flux – and riffs about keys to this season including face-offs, early road-trip success, and a revived, puck-moving, physical defense corps.

Download: “Who Owns the Canucks?” – Canucks Outsider #64 (.mp3, 41:27, 41MB)

"Who Owns the Canucks?" - Canucks Outsider #64

Album art: Photo by John Bollwit, art’ed up by Bread the Producer

Subscribe: Canucks Outsider podcast Feed and/or iTunes

See also: The Crazy Canucks – a fan/blogger roundtable podcast

Music:

The Black Tories – Ghost in the Machine

Geoff Berner – Light Enough to Travel

Vancouver Bassoon Quartet – Hockey Night theme (recorded on Main st. Car Free fest)

Bill Janovitz – score from “Here Comes a Regular”

Poetry:

Randall Maggs from Night Work – The Sawchuk Poems

Thanks:

Anton Sledgehammer – (See the Canucks Outsider and Crazy Canucks at the Fan Zone)

CBC Radio One’s On the Coast with Pria Raymu and Roland Tanglao

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Black Ice Issue #1 — Off-season

The Canucks have had a whirlwind off-season no doubt. The axing of Dave Nonis. A new GM. Linden retiring. The Death of Luc Bourdon. A final exodus of the Westcoast Express. The retarded Sundin saga. At this point you could have the Season 2 synopsis of MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives under wraps. Lists aside, with the hiring of new helmsman, Mike Giles, management got to work. Sort of.

First order of business: Thwart the signing of Fabian Brunnstrom. With the unexpected firing of Dave Nonis, the Aquillinis indirectly stopped the (almost) immediate signing of the late-blooming Swedish prospect. This is neither here nor there. The notion of a prospect is exactly in the nature of the phrase: prospect. There is expectation and hope. Nothing is proven, the fate of a prospect is left in the vast possibility of nature and chance. Think what you may, wherever this club was heading, a swift u-turn commenced the minute Nonis got the pink slip. What was interesting is that before he was about to be signed he was the next Pavel Bure. After he signed with Dallas he suddenly turned into a talentless has-been, vastly overrated. See: Alexander Daigle.

Second order of business. Hold a news conference (actually two). It was neither reassuring nor enlightening watching Aquillini explain his actions (firing Nonis) under the glare of Vancouver’s ravenous sports media. While the scribes listened intently, Francesco began sweating under the weight of his own decision. After Gillis signed on as GM another news conference was initiated. This one had the zero experience, ex-player agent pondering the fate of the Sedins (not sure if they’re part of our future plans), pontificating on preferred systems of play (less defense, more offense) and holding court on management strategies (Bold moves!)

Third order of business: Not firing Vigneault. Basically reneging on aforementioned plans to play that coveted puck-possession style. The funny thing is I don’t remember anyone complaining about Coach V a season ago. Remember that? When Vancouver was busy winning the division and setting club records in wins and points. But man, fuck that guy now, he destroyed all entertainment value still existing in the game. Right, how many consecutive sellouts are we at now? 4419?

Fourth order of business: Drafting the new Trevor Linden. At 10th overall, Cody Hodgson was the safe bet. With such a defense deep draft, Hodgson easily could have gone higher. What the precocious center lacks in size and speed he makes up with in leadership and hockey smarts. Hodgson captained the U-18 world champs to gold with Pat Quinn steering the ship. Lets hope that ol’ cigar chompin’ Irishman’s magic rubbed off on the kid and he makes good on his promise. I envision his name being retired, sans Stanley Cup, right next to Stan Smyl and Trevor Linden. Dude, remember that 2015 run? God we were so close. If only Hodgson hadn’t hit the crossbar in game six overtime to send the series (against Atlanta?) into a seventh game. Argh. We were so close.

Fifth order of business. Not drafting Kyle Beech. The best players from B.C. never play in B.C. Joe Sakic. Scott Niedermayer. Paul Kariya, Steve Yzerman (although raised in Ontario I think it still counts). The list goes on. What is admirable about this choice is that it’s a safe bet. Beech had some “character” issues (love that word in the context of professional athletics) off the ice that made the Canucks brass waver and ultimately pass on the hulking forward. What I detest about this choice is that it’s a safe bet. It would be nice to see some home grown talent (Beech was raised in Kelowna) skate at 800 Griffiths Way. It would also be nice to gain a reputation for good draft choices. A safe move.

Sixth order of business: The Sundin offer. At this point its a big cock tease. If the big Swede had signed on the first day of free agency, a statue of Gillis would already be up, right between Gassy Jack and the Steam clock. Too bad no one wants to sign in Vancouver. Is Vancouver the new Edmonton? Is the travel that bad? Is the culture of losing in this city so advanced that people will pass on record breaking contract offers? Christ, $10 million dollars and two-and-a-half months later the indecision and the gutless top six roster continue. It doesn’t matter at this point, just sign somebody already.

Seventh order of business: Signing Kyle Wellwood. Kyle Wellwood does two things that I cannot: 1) Play hockey for heaps of money and 2) live without a television. His underdeveloped tenure in the Big Smoke behind him, the prospects of this former prospect have merely codified the perspective most fans have of this team: mediocrity abound! Other former prospects have fared well in the City of Glass (hint: rhymes with Maslund and Gertuzzi). What remains is that other perspective most fans have of this team: delusional hope.

Eighth order of business: Signing Pavol Demitra. The worst kept secret in town. I don’t know why but I love this move. It has to do with the chain around his neck. I always thought athletes who wore chains were really fuckin cool. Hopefully it adds some incentive for Demitra’s buddy Marion Gaborik to sign when he inevitably leaves Minnesota at the end of the year (because of, ahem, Lamaire’s soul-sucking defensive system). The speedy forward hopes to brings finesse to Vancouver’s soon-to-be vaunted puck-possession system. Hopefully the next thing he brings is that other Slovak, suffocating in the clutches of the Twin Cities.

Ninth order of business: The release of Markus Naslund. It was not really a move per se. After a paltry offer, the Canucks captain and all-time leading scorer went out with neither a bang nor a whimper. The shy forward, opted out of the piranha pit of Vancouver media scrums for the calm waters of Broadway. Go Giants! Go Jets! Go Knicks! Go Yankees! Go Mets! Go Red Bulls! Go Islanders! Go Rangers? In New York there are over 1000 roster spots available for professional athletes of any given sport in the greater metropolitan area. I expect Markus to go gently into that good night of his fine career. Do not expect his number to be retired.

Tenth order of business: Yearly signing of possible Sedin linemate. After the offer sheet nonsense with St. Louis, Gillis determined to put the BS back in Bold Moves. What did he come up with? You guessed it, another fledgling prospect. Steve Bernier, on his third team in five months, can use his size on the top line with the Sedin’s or he cannot. I expect him to score 30 goals this year simply because of the Sedin factor. The mirrored Swedes need a third wheel for their cycle game to flourish. Soft hands attached to big body heed results. After eight seasons in Vancouver the Sedins must have a few inside jokes regarding their bazillion line parings.
Eleventh order of business: Retool a wicked fourth line and an awesome third line. Darcy Hordichuk trains with Chuck Liddel. That shot block guy from St. Louis is a da bomb, but no one can remember his name. This is such a great move. The Canucks need more balls, and these two pick ups add depth in the chutzpah department. I think the shot block guy is gonna help with the PK which needs a jump start after a lousy campaign last season. Darcy is the new Gino. Cowan has my vote for the waiver wire. 7-1-4 according to Hockeyfights.com, its been a while since Vancouver has had a bonafide heavy weight.

Everything else seems in working order. The tragic lose of Luc Bourdon still leaves me with great sorrow. Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler return for another season of shorthanded third line magic (I have to wonder about my own sanity when the third line is the one I’m waiting to hit the ice). We continue to see what sort of bizarre injury leaves Sami Salo sidelined, will he get eaten by an Orca while swimming in Coal Harbour? Will he be attacked by a wild band of West End skunks hell bent on purging this city of their best shot from the point? Wunderkind defensman Alex Edler will continue to move up the depth chart with his cooler-than-thou Swedish touch to the defensive end. The Sedins will continue to cycle until the opposition is so twisted up that Gabriella Luongo could score with a tap in from the left side.

Who knows? Shoulder shrug. That’s the general sentiment in this city. Who the fuck knows? This is the best position, entertainment wise, that we can be in. Sure I have to sell my body to afford a ticket. It will be worth it. Why? Because the business of hockey is selling. And I’m already buying. I’m gorging on whatever they feed me. All eleven orders and counting.

note: DOA 30th anniversary show at the Commodore…

I didn’t really get organized (been sick) but DOA 30th anniversary show tonight at the Commodore – you are going right to see a bit of Canadian punk history, yes? i can pick up tickets this afternoon as needed.

Note: keeping this here as a placeholder as I ended up not going to the show and instead ended up in the hospital with an emergency appendectomy.

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