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Marc Chouinard not fitting in

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Last night, Marc Chouinard was a healthy scratch for the fourth time this season. As good as Chouinard is playing defensively, he isn't producing enough offence, which is the typical Canucks' story so far. In 17 games with the Canucks, Chouinard only has 4 shots and 1 assist. He is only getting 9:19 average ice time per game. He is frustrated.
"When I came to this city I certainly had ideas and plans and I thought of ways it was going to go," Chouinard said. "Sometimes it just doesn't go the way you thought it would.
"But that's the thing about being a pro -- you get some ups and some downs and you just have to roll with it."

Coach Alain Vigneault is not overly impressed with him.
"I didn't know him that much before this year," Vigneault said. "Right now, there are other guys playing better than he is. Players have to find a way to get noticed. They are supposed to sell something. You have to bring something to the table.
"We, the coaching staff, feel 12 guys are playing better than he is."

I will admit, Chouinard is an excellent penalty killer. But I have to agree with Vigneault generally. Also, Chouinard looks slow out there. The scoring chances he does get he doesn't finish. He is offensively inadequate. This is not the Marc Chouinard of last year.

For more on this story, check out the online Province.