Dec 172009
 

Darcy Hordichuk was brought to the Canucks for one reason and one reason only. To be a brute, to crush not just hit, and to chuck knuckles raining fists of fury. He was brought on to either to spark some energy via taking down, or at least taking on the other team’s heavyweight. He was brought on as our heavyweight and was expected to use his grit as retribution for a bad hit, a yapping Avery-type character, or dirty play.

Hordichuk is not on this team for his speed or his offense. His offense is a notch above Shane O’Brien. Actually, half a notch. Gillis said he brought him onto the team because he was a tough guy and a heavy weight, but also because he was not one dimensional. He could skate, had some hands, and could also use those hands to pummel opponents. I remember the Hordichuk that played for the Predators and Panthers. That’s the Hordichuk that I thought this team was landing. Unfortunately we’ve seen the complete opposite of what we expected.

Since coming to the Canucks his scraps have been Jeff Cowan-esque at best. This isn’t hug fest 2010. Last night his attempted fight further put things in perspective. Hell, even Shane O’Brien stood his ground against Chipchurra and put up a valiant effort. I haven’t seen him decimate someone the way he used to when he was in Florida. This season has put things into an even better perspective because Hordichuk’s orders are being covered by Rypien and Glass who will take on anything with two fists that looks at them the wrong way. Rypien doesn’t care how big a guy is he’ll chuck knuckles. When you have a guy like Rypien taking on the heavy weights, Glass taking on anyone else, and even Kesler trying to pick fights here and there, there is no need for Hordichuk taking up bench space. He’s here to fight, and since he’s not fighting all he’s doing is floating. This team has checkers and 4th liners a dime a dozen and the team would get more from a Mario Bliznak on the 4th line than they’re getting from Hordichuk.

He’s a role player, and his role is supposed to be an enforcer. If he’s not enforcing we don’t need him. He’s not fighting, he’s not hitting, and we don’t need a floater. The Canucks can use his spot for a number of players that would bring more to the game than he is bringing right now. The Canucks enforcer is getting shown up by two kids that can fight and provide an offensive aspect to their game. He’s gone from the multi-dimensional player Gillis saw he was, to playing dimensionless hockey. Remind me why he wasted his summer training with Chuck Liddell?

  • http://www.youtube.ca/vancan19 Vancan19

    I agree. Let him go, as well as Wellgoof! Hell, get rid of Bieksa, but that’s another story. We should bring back up Shirokov, he’s the leading scorer on the Moose and deserves another chance in my opinion.
    That being said, his “fight” last night with Parros which was broken up very early by the refs, should have been better and longer, the refs jumped in way too early and you could see Hordi saying NO NO DONT to the refs cuz he wanted to go.
    Anyways, ya get rid of the floaters!

  • http://www.youtube.ca/vancan19 Vancan19

    I agree. Let him go, as well as Wellgoof! Hell, get rid of Bieksa, but that’s another story. We should bring back up Shirokov, he’s the leading scorer on the Moose and deserves another chance in my opinion.
    That being said, his “fight” last night with Parros which was broken up very early by the refs, should have been better and longer, the refs jumped in way too early and you could see Hordi saying NO NO DONT to the refs cuz he wanted to go.
    Anyways, ya get rid of the floaters!

  • http://www.roadstorome.blogspot.com Miles Deep

    Definitely been seeing LOTS more upside out of Glass and Rypien. Clear him out to make room for someone else.

  • http://www.roadstorome.blogspot.com Miles Deep

    Definitely been seeing LOTS more upside out of Glass and Rypien. Clear him out to make room for someone else.

  • Nick

    why do write this guy out after he hasnt had a role because he hasnt had many games to be given a role, trust me when a injury to rypien(god forbid) happens or to hansen or another 3rd- 4th line player, he could fill that role that he’s had taken away from him. face it these are salary cap days and he’s a cheap replacement come injury time. Plus … See Moreim not sold that he isn’t important. He puts he’s face on the line most nights that he does play, all to get his team fired up. Seems to me this is an Article written more about his broken up fight last night than anything else, if I’m not mistaken he scored the only goal in the 2-1 ot lose to the blackhawks last playoffs. Anyways Hordi’s ok in my books, is he steller no but he does add grit to this team, that not too long ago lack much of it.

  • Nick

    why do write this guy out after he hasnt had a role because he hasnt had many games to be given a role, trust me when a injury to rypien(god forbid) happens or to hansen or another 3rd- 4th line player, he could fill that role that he’s had taken away from him. face it these are salary cap days and he’s a cheap replacement come injury time. Plus … See Moreim not sold that he isn’t important. He puts he’s face on the line most nights that he does play, all to get his team fired up. Seems to me this is an Article written more about his broken up fight last night than anything else, if I’m not mistaken he scored the only goal in the 2-1 ot lose to the blackhawks last playoffs. Anyways Hordi’s ok in my books, is he steller no but he does add grit to this team, that not too long ago lack much of it.

  • Nick revised

    why do we write this guy out after he hasnt had a role because he hasnt had many games to be given a role, trust me when an injury to rypien(god forbid) happens or to hansen or to another 3rd- 4th line player, he could fill that role that he’s had taken away from him. face it these are salary cap days and he’s a cheap replacement come injury time. Plus im not sold that he isn’t important. He puts his face on the line most nights that he does play, all to get his team fired up. Seems to me this is an article written more about his broken up fight last night than anything else, if I’m not mistaken he scored the only goal in the 2-1 ot lose to the blackhawks last playoffs. Anyways Hordi’s ok in my books, is he steller no but he does add grit to this team, that not too long ago lacked much of it.

  • Nick revised

    why do we write this guy out after he hasnt had a role because he hasnt had many games to be given a role, trust me when an injury to rypien(god forbid) happens or to hansen or to another 3rd- 4th line player, he could fill that role that he’s had taken away from him. face it these are salary cap days and he’s a cheap replacement come injury time. Plus im not sold that he isn’t important. He puts his face on the line most nights that he does play, all to get his team fired up. Seems to me this is an article written more about his broken up fight last night than anything else, if I’m not mistaken he scored the only goal in the 2-1 ot lose to the blackhawks last playoffs. Anyways Hordi’s ok in my books, is he steller no but he does add grit to this team, that not too long ago lacked much of it.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    Nick, you couldnt be further off. I’ve been sitting on this post for a while. I can assure you last night’s fight wasn’t the reason it was written.

    If Rypien goes down, bring up Bolduc. Bring up Bliznak. They’re kids that will play way better than Hordichuk will and they’ll cost just as much.

    You said “he could fill that role that he’s had taken away from him” assuming Hansen/Rypien go down to injury. His role hasn’t been taken away from him. His role has been there all along. He’s not playing it.

    Hordichuk should be fighting Hal Gill, Hordichuk should be fighting Boris Valabik, Hordichuk should be fighting Derek Boogard. Fact of the matter is Rypien’s taken on all of the first two, and I’m sure if given the chance he’d dance with Boogard too.

    He’s not providing offense at a level that would justify him leaving his enforcer role. He’s not playing his enforcer role because it’s now been taken care of by Rypien and Glass (who do his job AND put up much better offensive numbers) and he’s not gritty at all.

    When was the last time you saw him throw a big hit? I don’t see how you can say he puts his face on the line every night. I don’t even see him put his body on the line most nights.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    Nick, you couldnt be further off. I’ve been sitting on this post for a while. I can assure you last night’s fight wasn’t the reason it was written.

    If Rypien goes down, bring up Bolduc. Bring up Bliznak. They’re kids that will play way better than Hordichuk will and they’ll cost just as much.

    You said “he could fill that role that he’s had taken away from him” assuming Hansen/Rypien go down to injury. His role hasn’t been taken away from him. His role has been there all along. He’s not playing it.

    Hordichuk should be fighting Hal Gill, Hordichuk should be fighting Boris Valabik, Hordichuk should be fighting Derek Boogard. Fact of the matter is Rypien’s taken on all of the first two, and I’m sure if given the chance he’d dance with Boogard too.

    He’s not providing offense at a level that would justify him leaving his enforcer role. He’s not playing his enforcer role because it’s now been taken care of by Rypien and Glass (who do his job AND put up much better offensive numbers) and he’s not gritty at all.

    When was the last time you saw him throw a big hit? I don’t see how you can say he puts his face on the line every night. I don’t even see him put his body on the line most nights.

  • VanStanley

    I saw him throw a big hit not even ten seconds before his fight with Parros. Hordi was scratched for a few games in a row, and really hasnt been given too many shifts in the last couple of games. Neither has Rypien for that matter.

    These guys are energy guys. Hordi, Rypien, Glass all do what they do. Johnson is a pk faceoff guy. Bolduc or Bliznak arent gonna be droppin the mitts with the Boogards or the Valabiks. Rypien scrapped Gill and Valabik because he was just there at the time.

    Granted Hordi has had a rough go this season, but who is gonna go with the heavy weights when he isnt in the lineup? Rypien? I would hope not.

    As far as setting the tone, he goes when he goes, but all of the grinders need to pick up in the energy and grit department. They all need to fight more in my books. As well as the odd tilt from Burr and Kess. Team toughness. Team.

  • VanStanley

    I saw him throw a big hit not even ten seconds before his fight with Parros. Hordi was scratched for a few games in a row, and really hasnt been given too many shifts in the last couple of games. Neither has Rypien for that matter.

    These guys are energy guys. Hordi, Rypien, Glass all do what they do. Johnson is a pk faceoff guy. Bolduc or Bliznak arent gonna be droppin the mitts with the Boogards or the Valabiks. Rypien scrapped Gill and Valabik because he was just there at the time.

    Granted Hordi has had a rough go this season, but who is gonna go with the heavy weights when he isnt in the lineup? Rypien? I would hope not.

    As far as setting the tone, he goes when he goes, but all of the grinders need to pick up in the energy and grit department. They all need to fight more in my books. As well as the odd tilt from Burr and Kess. Team toughness. Team.

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