Apr 242009
 

I’ll admit over the course of the season I’ve been really harsh towards Taylor so I guess now I have to take it easy on him. Pyatt’s back in town and according to the team has resumed his full duties as a Canucks player. Again, my condolences go out to him and to the Bragnalo family, I can only imagine what it’s like for Taylor to have lost his high school sweetheart of 11 years.

That being said, it’s playoff time, we’re right in the thick of things and the question now is “Who/what/where/when/why to do with Pyatt”. Pyatt was at the end of the season finally skating a lot better, he’d managed to get a few points and it looked like he was settling in on the third line and finally clicking with his line mates. Then tragedy struck and off he goes and the bottom lines fill up nicely and form a cohesion that has wowed us all.

If Pyatt comes back and takes up his role on the third line we’re going to see that third line that has been fantastic split up. So is that third line playing so brilliantly because the players are playing well, or because they’ve got some sort of chemistry there? Either way, I’d be hesitant to split up Wellwood, Bernier and Raymond with the way they’ve been playing. They’ve been that energy line that’s been missing since Burrows got his 1st line promotion and Kesler locked up a spot alongside Sundin and Demitra.

Putting Pyatt on the 4th line might work well (even though my boy Hansen then gets the scratch) because with the way Johnson’s been playing with Rypien, the third man seems interchangeable. But is Pyatt really ready?

Here’s my issue, I feel for Pyatt, I really do. However, when you look at the team from a neutral perspective, Pyatt’s coming in as an emotional wreck. We know he’s close to the team, we know his fiance was close to the team, and I don’t want that flood of emotions to be brought into the locker room. We saw how the original shock of the event hit the players and the last thing this team needs is emotional instability to hit the team again. If Pyatt is ready to play (my criticism of him aside) I welcome him back with open arms. But here is a team that is at the top of it’s game. It’s got a new found chemistry that’s more like alchemy the way they’ve been cashing in lately, and I just want to see them do whatever is necessary to go all the way, whether or not that includes Pyatt.

  • http://NucksHub.com Brian O’Neill

    I think there’s no shame in putting him in the skybox until he’s emotionally ready. I would definitely not bust up that third line. This wouldn’t be Pyatt’s first stint on the 4th line.

  • http://NucksHub.com Brian O’Neill

    I think there’s no shame in putting him in the skybox until he’s emotionally ready. I would definitely not bust up that third line. This wouldn’t be Pyatt’s first stint on the 4th line.

  • http://exfundamentalist.blogspot.com Lorena

    I’m sure the coaches will take all issues into account. If he doesn’t look good in practice, he probably won’t play. If he is bringing the dark cloud with him, he probably won’t play.

    I hear you about Hansen. The kid is a great player. It’s a shame if they scratch him off. But you never know, Sundin may be down longer than we think.

  • http://exfundamentalist.blogspot.com Lorena

    I’m sure the coaches will take all issues into account. If he doesn’t look good in practice, he probably won’t play. If he is bringing the dark cloud with him, he probably won’t play.

    I hear you about Hansen. The kid is a great player. It’s a shame if they scratch him off. But you never know, Sundin may be down longer than we think.

  • Caroline Guichon

    Burrows was able to channel the energy the right way… Taylor will too…strong, focused…knowing what must be done.
    Hansen is a keeper!

  • Jackson

    So do you think Hordichuk sits? I can’t see him sitting against Calgary and would expect to see him against Chicago.

    If we played Detroit I would sit Hordichuk.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    Hansen’s growth is being wasted in the box. I hope he gets more ice time soon because he’s a kid with potential. I hope they find a way to work him into the lineup regularly next season if they’re not going to be able to fit him in these playoff games.

  • Caroline Guichon

    Burrows was able to channel the energy the right way… Taylor will too…strong, focused…knowing what must be done.
    Hansen is a keeper!

  • Jackson

    So do you think Hordichuk sits? I can’t see him sitting against Calgary and would expect to see him against Chicago.

    If we played Detroit I would sit Hordichuk.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    Hansen’s growth is being wasted in the box. I hope he gets more ice time soon because he’s a kid with potential. I hope they find a way to work him into the lineup regularly next season if they’re not going to be able to fit him in these playoff games.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    If we play Chicago or Calgary, Horidchuk is going to be right in the mix.

    After our last game against Chicago you know there’s bad blood there. Eager and Bieksa are sure to renew their friendship.

    Calgary and Vancouver are always great games to watch because of the physicality, as well as the quality of play. Either opponent though, Hordi suits up.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    If we play Chicago or Calgary, Horidchuk is going to be right in the mix.

    After our last game against Chicago you know there’s bad blood there. Eager and Bieksa are sure to renew their friendship.

    Calgary and Vancouver are always great games to watch because of the physicality, as well as the quality of play. Either opponent though, Hordi suits up.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    When Pyatt comes back, it’s going to be at Hordichuk’s or Hansen’s expense. And while I love that 3rd line, I wouldn’t say that Pyatt can’t slot into Raymond’s place either.

    It’s actually a nice dilemma to have. Pyatt was considered a top-six forward the last couple of seasons. It’s crazy to think that the Canucks have as much depth now that he’s basically had to play more of a 3rd/4th line and PK role.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    When Pyatt comes back, it’s going to be at Hordichuk’s or Hansen’s expense. And while I love that 3rd line, I wouldn’t say that Pyatt can’t slot into Raymond’s place either.

    It’s actually a nice dilemma to have. Pyatt was considered a top-six forward the last couple of seasons. It’s crazy to think that the Canucks have as much depth now that he’s basically had to play more of a 3rd/4th line and PK role.

  • http://www.thesportscorner.ca Hosea C

    He’ll most likely take Raymond’s place. Before Pyatt left, that third line had some chemistry. I wouldn’t say Raymond is generating unsplittable chemistry with Wellwood and Bernier so I have no problem moving Raymond to the fourth line. Raymond has been good on the PK…with Johnson.

    When Pyatt returns, I’m pretty sure that he will be on that third line to start at least.

  • http://www.thesportscorner.ca Hosea C

    He’ll most likely take Raymond’s place. Before Pyatt left, that third line had some chemistry. I wouldn’t say Raymond is generating unsplittable chemistry with Wellwood and Bernier so I have no problem moving Raymond to the fourth line. Raymond has been good on the PK…with Johnson.

    When Pyatt returns, I’m pretty sure that he will be on that third line to start at least.

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