Another morning after, another disappointing loss in a dull game against the Coyotes. Canucks could only score twice against the team with the worst GAA in the west (though it seems losing Mike Smith improved Arizona’s goaltending overnight). Now, one game short of halfway through the season, Canucks have the fewest wins in the Western Conference, and the same number of wins as Philadelphia, Columbus, Buffalo, and Toronto.
These Tweets got some play after the game last night, showing Canucks player usage when the team is down a goal. I think I’d like to see it broken down differently, but I was surprised Vrbata is so far down the list.
That was by mins, so more games = more TOI. Here it is by % of time they were down a goal, which corrects for that. pic.twitter.com/SXHqLBgLwh— nobody (@petbugs13) January 5, 2016
The Provies (in which Botchford’s discussion of the Province’s Goat headline amounts to a thin-skinned whine that people targeted him with their outrage.)
Carol Schram (She does good work. Her blog is well worth bookmarking for Canucks stuff).
Iain MacIntyre sums it up in this Tweet:
Canucks have scored 7 goals in 5 games. They won't beat anyone defending the way they did tonight on Arizona's 3 goals. #nomargin— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) January 5, 2016
Jim Benning was on TSN1040’s morning show today talking about tanking, Jake Virtanen and the trade market for Drouin and Johansen. TeamTank will be disappointed. Benning said the organization has too much pride to tank. He also said the asking prices for Drouin and Johansen are high, and the Canucks don’t necessarily have the prospect depth to give Tampa Bay or Columbus what they want.
Links from around the league:
Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts, including one Canucks’ related one:
During his intermission interview with Dan Murphy during Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to Arizona on Monday, Canucks GM Jim Benning said the team plans to inform Jared McCann which games he will miss in the next few months. Injuries, etc, make these schedules difficult to keep, but the idea is sound — let him know when he won’t be in the lineup so he can tailor workouts accordingly. Benning added it is still possible Jake Virtanen goes back to junior. It sure sounds like they want him directly under their supervision for as long as possible, getting him into the conditioning routines they prefer.
Friedman also says both Patrick Wiercioch and Jared Cowen are on the outs in Ottawa. Those are the types of players I’d like to see Benning target -- young guys who just might need a change of scenery.
Kevin Allen of USA Today and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, drawing parallels between a potential Drouin trade and the Seguin and Turris trades. The Coyotes received David Rundblad as the primary piece in return for Kyle Turris. Turris has thrived in Ottawa, while Rundblad has bounced around and was loaned by Chicago to the Zurich Lions after he cleared waivers last week. Getting value for good young players has been hard.
Ryan Miller’s skate logo mask looks sharp
Brock Boeser scored the USA’s third goal vs Sweden today. The United States won the bronze medal by beating Sweden 8-3. The host Finns beat Russia 4-3 in overtime to claim the gold.
Look at this awesome collection of Canucks memorabilia
Notes from Canucks practise today:
Ahead of #Canucks practice getting underway Willie spent considerable time chatting with Horvat. Taking 4 twirls around ice sheet together— Stu Walters (@StuWaltersmedia) January 5, 2016
Burrows not taking line rushes today
14 an extra. That's a story to follow https://t.co/kTj8vkw02B— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) January 5, 2016
Baertschi and Prust skating, but
Edler evidently has the flu.