ICYMI Daniel Sedin Um…Missed it

Every four years Canadians go to the polls to elect a new Government and every four years Canucks fans find a new way to yell at their team for a missed opportunity on quite possibly one of the easiest goals they would ever see. In both situations, you may end up seeing the same thing but in the Canucks case it’s WHO is doing the missing. After Daniel Sedin’s missed tap in that may very well have ended the game in the Canucks favour over the Oilers on Sunday night, I look back not only on THAT goal but past goals that we have cursed at.

Maybe they just weren’t ready?

By now you’ve seen it; No reason for such a play to go the way it did, maybe it was a coaching mistake or something in the moment that just seemed like the right thing to do? No, I’m not talking about the absolute worst play in NFL history, a Colts fake punt gone terribly wrong, I’m talking about Daniel Sedin being within a stick blade’s length from a tap in goal against the Oilers.

For someone who is pretty much automatic on these sorts of things mainly because he is the shooting Sedin, he totally botched this one. Henrik undoubtedly would have ribbed Danny for that the whole way home. This is to assume they carpool because lets save the planet! The Canucks have been snake bitten on the easy stuff so far this year and this was the pinnacle.

But remember this tap tap tapperoo?

Vancouver still won that game but it was sure a kick to the Salos and quite frankly I don’t even need to post the video because you are still haunted in your dreams by it. Not as much as losing a competitive Scrabble game but close. Tanner Glass is a misser. A mister you say? Yes, technically he’s a mister in the sense of title as a male, not a mister in the sense he sprays mist on people at a pool bar. Can’t prove that last one. Anyways, I’m off topic.

The point here is that four years ago we balled and boohoo’d about a waste of a tap in goal that may have cemented Tanner Glass as one of the best Canucks of his tenure. Is that even a compliment? Not sure…Ok I’m doing it again.

This next one isn’t exactly four years prior but you remember it just as much, maybe more, maybe less depending on the level of counseling you received after it happened. Two words: Nathan Lafayette.

Of course, Linden hit a post as well, Bure shot one across the goal line but they were way cooler and we don’t hold them accountable for our personal issues to this day. It was the Stanley Cup FINAL!!!! GAME FREAKING SEVEN!! He had Richter beat and maybe this site is called “Bure’d in Seven” because Bure.

By now you really wished you hadn’t started reading this post and all the anger is brought right back to the forefront. I will not pay for your therapy but I’d be glad to have lunch with you and talk about the good times. Tap in goals seem like the easiest thing in the world and with all the urgency sometimes the easiest things are over thought. Daniel’s chip was the right play because so many times we’ve seen a gentle push or tip and it’s brushed away or stopped.

No one will forget Patrik Stefan’s infamous miss when he literally skated to the blue paint of the crease and the puck hopped off his stick, in the same breath went the other way down the ice and the Oilers scored with seconds left in the game to tie it up and go to OT. You can find that one on your own, its been on TV enough in case you missed it back in 2007.

It all comes back to Daniel Sedin missing that goal. They lost to the Oilers in OT and the Canucks still don’t have a win at home this season. It’s early days as the Aussies say but as they get later we need to see those results, we need to see them tap that puck.

Will Daniel overthink his next opportunity, doubt it. He’s a pro and he’ll just keep on keepin on. His goal totals speak for themselves, 354 total regular season and playoffs, wait…what? that’s it? Maybe Daniel should work on those tap ins a bit more. Jeez, that’s surprising.  Thankfully Henrik, the passer, only has 235. So things are kinda right in the world again.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little ditty about how we get super mad about the Canucks when they miss easy goals but also that Daniel Sedin is a pro and still has more goals than Henrik.

Maybe next time I’ll find a way to talk about the new Star Wars trailer. Meh, I’m done here. You’ve lost interest, I’m sorry.

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Canucks Draft Weekend Resembles Dumb and Dumber To

As many of you know, I was quite excited for this year’s NHL Entry Draft. The Canucks had a chance to draft WHL superstar Nick Merkley from the Kelowna Rockets and all would be right…in my eyes anyways. That didn’t happen. Everyone had somewhat high hopes as well that GM Jim Benning could potentially right the ship with trades involving Bieksa and Lack and a solid first round choice. What we all expected was what we hoped Dumb and Dumber To to be; we all forgot that sequels rarely deliver and in true Canucks fashion, Vancouver followed suit with that theory; It might be a long summer.


Jimbo didn’t have many picks to work with this year after trading away rounds 2 and 3 for Sven Baertschi and the pick that went with Ryan Kesler. One could assume a decent trade would be made for goalie Eddie Lack and a 2nd seemed feasible. Early Saturday morning the hammer dropped and Lack was sent to Carolina for their 3rd and 7th round picks.

The Bieksa trade hit a snag with San Jose over what is to be believed an extension after the move would occur as well as what year the 2nd rounder coming back would be (2016 apparently, not this year’s). A pick that may have done some damage, who knows.

Benning had 8 teams that were putting in offers for Lack but Carolina had the firmest. Harry and Lloyd are even losing interest here.

So why move him at all? I understand the market dictated the price and that is fine, maybe not fair but fine. If the buying price is too low, walk away. Every deal that you get low balled you should walk away. Pretty sure Lack’s value only increases here on out and quite frankly what if Markstrom is a bust?
We all know Lack basically had the most value but once again they make the move for the guy they probably should have kept. If Ryan Miller somehow is traded, unlikely, this fan base will implode. As far as the 2nd we moved to get Baertschi, that can still end up being a good play and I don’t mind waiting there.

Again, why make this move. If he could have been signed long term to a team friendly deal, it just doesn’t make sense.

Even with new blood at the top, it seems the same decisions continue to be made; you all know the ones. What irks me is that they fail to value the WHL which is right in their backyard. In a loaded first round, a guy like Nick Merkley seemed like an easy choice for a team many of us see boat loads of highlights from and know his immediate value.
Benning picked Brock Boesner as our latest star  and although I do not know a ton on him, it sounds like he could be OK. Personal feeling: disappointed, People that know’s feeling: we’ll be alright.

Still not excited yet and after last season’s tortoise like climb I don’t think I will be for awhile.

The Oilers and Flames have clearly gotten better over the last year with the draft culminating what Edmonton and Connor McDavid are about to do and what once was a prime destination for players to come to is now only prime if the money is right. How Vancouver has changed. 

The Canucks can’t rest on their laurels of yesteryear and assume the best is yet to come. They have zero Cups to show for their efforts and at some point this rabid fan base will want to see the return.

Everyone wants the new out of the box thinking GM that has analytics and fancy words, sleep doctors and the like; to me out of the box means refurbished. I don’t want a refurbished GM. I want an ACTUAL GM. We are starting to see Benning was left out of the big boy meetings when it came to final say on players in Boston.

Alright, alright. That’s a bit harsh. His scouting is great and I love that he cares so passionately about seeing guys first hand, but he’s missing out on the important stuff like I dunno locking up the RIGHT guys and not fringe contributors. Looking back, we really like our gently used, not actually GM’s yet…GMs.

Dave Nonis was the first, Gillis was the second and now Benning is number three. The slippery slope may very well continue and its only a matter of time before we are calling for his head. And at that time, it better be for a current or former GM, no more nonsense.

The Canucks are basically treading water and even though 2011 is a far distant memory….i’ll wait, the current situation is nowhere near the team they used to be. Not sure how this is OK with the Aquillinis as an investment. How long is acceptable to wait for the REAL Vancouver Canucks (whatever that is) to be assembled?

I get the feeling that the Canucks are headed towards the excitement of the NEXT generational player like McDavid when they will have a pick inside the top 3 overall Hate to say it, but prove me wrong.

Sorry for the redundant comments but just read what’s there: the Canucks are in serious trouble! My boy Thomas Drance says it best here.

Free agency is next week, so unless Jimbo can get that briefcase to Aspen (aka deliver the goods), it’s Mary Sw, Swammy, Swan, SAMSONITE all over again. The Canucks have really been Dumb and Dumber lately and after seeing the sequel, I really hope they don’t plan on following that path as well.

The ratings are in at the box office and they don’t look good.

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Catchy Slogans Win Stanley Cups

It seems like every year, some team has a witty or inspirational slogan painted on their dressing room wall or made into a t shirt for the whole team to wear in solidarity. Should these catch phrases or slogans drive a team any more than battling through 82 games to get there? Apparently, catchy slogans win Stanley Cups.

“Climb the mountain”, “one win at a time”, “play for each other”, “you’re a minus, you sit next game”…ok that wasn’t one. There always seems to be one or more teams that adopt this approach and somehow they think it gives them a better chance to win. Lets look at a few examples:

2004 Calgary Flames – a green hardhat is given to the hardworking player of the game. Great, you have hard workers and a guy gets the hard hat until he showers and then could care less until the next win. Worked until the last game of the year, no one got it after that, Tampa won.

2006 Edmonton Oilers – awful homeless looking leather jacket. Again, hardworking player type award that wasn’t given away on the last game of the year, Carolina won.

2007 Dallas Stars – GIT R DONE hats in camoflage. I could not WAIT until the Canucks beat those clowns to shove that stupid idea in their face. It took 7 games but it happened.

Maybe teams paint the Stanley Cup on a wall in their dressing room with the numbers 1-16 or 16-1 and cross off the games as they win. Its not original anymore fellas, everyone does it now. This year’s New York Rangers have a neat Stanley Cup puzzley deal that adds a ring for each win, or some part of the cup. Kinda cool, its different, cheezy but different.

I commend the Columbus Blue Jackets for even bothering with their effort this post season. Look at the puck display they created. Good for them, good for themmmm. You’re cute Columbus, don’t ever change. Sure they had 2 pucks on that board but did they really think they were going to get 16? Cute.

I think the inspirational stuff needs to end. The new motivation is on social media. The Montreal Canadiens and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had a friendly wager that didn’t quite go the Habs way….take a look.

These are so depressing and yet so great! Look online for all 10 photos.

And finally, to get the Cup started right, the Rangers own LA before the opening faceoff:

Winning is an attitude….ok I stole that one from somewhere. Enjoy the Final folks!

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