It’s hard to talk about the Canucks lately when they only seem to play after a new episode of HBO’s The Newsroom has just aired. BTW, it was basically 9 months before that happened again. However, it’s TOTALLY understandable why they haven’t played much: they are getting their game plan together for Black Friday. With so many deals to be had, Walmart riots and a date with the ol’ CBJ, the Canucks are getting their things together.
By the time Vancouver rolls into the ‘Bus, they will have had a yummy turkey dinner, their second meeting of the year with arch nemesis Ryan Kesler and his Anaheim Ducks, a fun get together with the New Jersey Devils and former #1 tendy Cory Schneider and the first meeting of the season with our Chelsea Dagger loving buds, the Blackhawks. Lots to be thankful for there and if things go swimmingly, there may be a favorable place in the standings waiting for them too!
We can’t forget Radim Vrbata sitting at the team dinner staring down Eddie Lack for the last leg on the turkey….and the wishbone.
Usually on Black Friday there are crazy ridiculous deals to be had and even more on cyber monday. With the way the Canucks have been playing lately though, Black Friday came early this year. Snipe shows Radim Vrbata and Nick “I only score ginos” Bonino have been giving Vancouver the one two punch it has been looking for for years. However that has worked out, it has allowed the bottom six to strut their stuff too! Canucks fans feel like they should be a bull in a china shop and don’t want to break the success they have, but the china shop is the size of Costco.
Nick Bonino has put up 7 goals and 7 helpers in 18 games and is on pace for 200 points this year. To be fair I’m not that great at math so it may be closer to 60 points or so. The bonus is he passes and gets his whole line involved which his trade counterpart RK17 did not do so much…at all. Nicky B is a breath of fresh air on the second line and it gives Hank and Dank more time to be wizards and sorcerers on their shifts. Seems like the team that rolls 4, wins more. I think that usually translates come May too!
The other TODAY ONLY special has a tie to Kesler as well, he straight up thugged #17 as soon as it was vacant. He doesn’t care, he’s Radim “The Dream” Vrbata. Good luck telling him he can’t have it. With 13 points on the year and 6 goals, he should easily surpass his 20 net rockets from last season with the then Phoenix Coyotes. The Sedins are looking like they are good for it, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
Pulled a Fasth one on him there…..i’ll wait.
The deals hopefully will be there before the darkest of Fridays as newly waived Kevin Connaughton is available. It would be smart for Willie Desjardins to ask his GM Jimmy Benning to claim him. Its a smart move considering he already knows the Canucks system, but…..it’s soooo much better now and the ghost of Derek Roy is not exactly haunting. Go get him, he’s free!
There is one final deal the Canucks will definitely take advantage come Wednesday, they play the Oilers. They suck in case you didn’t know, well, they sure do against the Canucks anyways. So pull up a chair or maybe a couch cushion, grab that craft brew and some gummy worms and remember that the Canucks will be up early in line to snag that latest win.
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