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Dude, Where’s My Towel? | Canuck Cap Space Conundrums & Saving Jim Matheson (feat. Scott Rintoul)

Scott Rintoul joins the latest episode of the Power of the Pure-L podcast.

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Vegas Golden Knights v Vancouver Canucks
Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks congratulates teammate Christopher Tanev #8 after winning their NHL game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Arena December 19, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 5-4.
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

It was a bumper episode this week on Power Of The Pure-L, the under quarantine version of Power Of The Towel. Will Vancouver be a Hub City? Can Hughes win the Calder? What about the salary cap going forward? We talk about it all in the latest episode, which you can listen to now.

The Great “Hub City” debate

Las Vegas seems to be all but confirmed as a Hub City if the NHL comes back, and there’s buzz that Vancouver could be the other one.

My question is, who cares? Does a hub city really do anything for the people of Vancouver?

I keep thinking back to when the provincial government said “no” to World Cup games a while back. Yet, they want to have a hockey tournament here, during the midst of a global pandemic, that no one will be able to attend.

And I get that it would create jobs for people in such industries as catering and that FIFA makes the IOC look like a bunch of boy scouts. At the end of the day, this is all political posturing. It allows the provincial government to say to everyone “Look how well we’re handling this!”

But if it does happen, I want the teams to be assigned hotels based on how good they are like the NBA plans to do. Top 6 teams get the Fairmont Pacific Rim, bottom 6 get an Air B&B out in Chilliwack with no WiFi.

Hughes for MVP/Calder

Last week I promised some fancy stats on why Quinn Hughes is the team MVP.

Well, thanks to Natural Stat Trick I have definite proof — he literally makes everyone better.

Pay attention to the “CF% With” and “Without Hughes”. He was a big driver of play for the Canucks this year, making even Elias Pettersson better when he was on the ice.

Want visual proof? This guy was an absolute baller, just look at that smooth skating.

Scott Rintoul lobbied for J.T. Miller, which is a good choice as well.

In terms of the Calder, as a Canucks fan of course I think he should win it. But Makar is pretty good as well. I wouldn’t be as upset if Hughes did not win it, not like last year where I would have lost it if Pettersson didn’t beat Binnington.

Maybe the weed has mellowed me out. I don’t know.

#EmbraceTheFake Update

Scott Rintoul is on the #embracethefake bandwagon. The cup is finally coming to this beautiful city in 2020.

Cap space, what is it good for?

Not to be an alarmist, but the Vancouver Canucks could be in a touch of future salary cap trouble.

It sounds like Jacob Markstrom is priority number one for Benning and the Canucks. Tyler Toffoli would be nice to get signed, considering how well he looked in his limited spell with the team.

But after that, it’s all up in the air. Does a guy like Chris Tanev come back? In my opinion, only if he takes a short term discount like Edler. Where does that leave someone like Troy Stecher, who wants (and deserves) a raise.

If there’s no compliance buyout and the cap stays flat, Jimbo will have to get creative to navigate the cap — and thinking outside the box isn’t one of his strong suits.

Taken 4: The Jim Matheson Saga

This podcast was created for moments like this.

Someone is holding friend of the show — and eventual guest — Jim Matheson’s Twitter account hostage.

My message to whoever is responsible for this: If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. In fact, I’m flat broke.

But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let Jim Matheson’s Twitter handle go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you. I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, and I will find you, Liam Neeson style.