Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The Code, Hank the Tank, and AV’s Mysterious Coin

You Wanna Go?

This season has had more than it’s fair share of fights. As of February 5, the Vancouver Canucks have had 7 fights. Same with the Habs, but I preface the date because as I’m writing this, they’re about to play the Boston Bruins. Their fight count could be 20 by the end of that game.

A fight gets a crowd going, gets a team going, and fuels a good rivalry, but no one wants a player to sustain serious injury.  Two fights in the last couple of weeks have me going hmmm… because they involve the same team and show the right and wrong sides of fighting in the NHL.

First, we have the right: During a fight between the Philadelphia Flyers’ Max Talbot and the New York Rangers’ Ryan Callahan, all the shirt-tugging, pushing and pulling injured Callahan’s shoulder. Sensing that something was wrong, Talbot stopped and waved over a training, calling for medical help.

Now, the wrong: On Tuesday, the Flyers’ Zack Rinaldo fought the Tampa Bay Lightning’s BJ Crombeen. After Crombeen slipped to the ice, Rinaldo continued to pound him.

Rinaldo is a notorious fighter in the league, but that doesn’t mean he has to be a jerkoff. Would Kevin Bieksa keep throwing punches once a guy is down? I don’t think so.

To me, fighting is part of the game, but what makes it tolerable is the code – the etiquette – and Rinaldo broke it just days after his teammate, Talbot, was a poster child for it. Hmmm… I never thought I would say this but Rinaldo needs to take a lesson from Talbot.

Freaky Friday

Disney came out with a movie in the 1970s called Freaky Friday in a mom and daughter switch bodies. Every time I watch a Vancouver Canucks game this season, I can’t help but wonder if this has happened to Henrik Sedin and Zach Kassian.

First, Zack started scoring goals, and at one point, he was among the league leaders in goals scored. Then, Zack’s leading the Canucks in scoring, and as of today, he’s still tied for 3rd with Henrik in team scoring.

As if that wasn’t weird enough, our demure Swedish Captain is turning into a goon taking roughing penalties and throwing checks like he’s… well, Zack Kassian. The Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is actually sidelined – missing the Oilers’ game last night against the Dallas Stars – due to an injury resulting from a Henrik Sedin hit. It’s a total head scratcher. If Henrik drops his gloves next, I may just lose my mind.

The Mysterious Coin

The Canucks announced that Cory Schneider will get the start against the Minnesota Wild. Sure, Roberto Luongo is on a hot streak, but this isn’t about what makes sense. This is about what the coin says. Coach Alain Vigneault once again flipped his coin, and this time it came up Cory.

I am honestly starting to believe that AV soaks his chewing gum in vodka. He’s enjoying this too much, especially considering the media, the fans, and Schneider’s agent are all taking the goalie controversy very seriously.

I want to see this coin. Is it a loonie? A twoonie? A quarter? Does it have pictures of Cory and Bobby Lu on either side? Where does AV keep this coin? Is it always in his pocket? Does he lock it away somewhere with his crystal ball, voodoo dolls and a pack of vodka-infused chewing gun? If the media doesn’t insist on filming a coin toss before the end of the season, they’re not doing their job.

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9 Responses

  1. Jgould72 says:

    I’ve been thinking…..who gives a sh*t about the well worn and traditionalist idea of ‘starting goalie’, where one goalie MUST play approximately 65-75% of the season, while the other is benched. How about having two goalies, and using whomever is on a streak, and when that fades, using the other, and giving the media the ‘who gives a rats ass what you think’ in the process?  Makes sense to me.

  2. Preaching to the converted here! With the short season, I’ve got no problem with playing whoever can get the win. Obviously they both want to start, but I’m thinking they also both want to do whatever they can to finally bring Stanley home.

  3. djk241977 says:

    spel chek? prof reed? loooks inprufationel….. jast sayen

  4. Gavin says:

    Come on, gets a crown going? Do they let any random writer write these articles.. Atleast have it proofread

  5. paul says:

    this is off subject, but i want them to impliment if you cheap shot or intent to injure, the player should be out aslong as the 1 he hit

  6. We’re fans like everyone else. We’re neither media nor PHWA writers. So unfortunately, mistakes will be missed. Thanks for pointing this one out.

  7. Definitely worth the look, but the issue with this is that teams would consider sitting a player for the sake of sitting them if it meant a competitive advantage. Maybe that’s what acts as the deterrent though? Hmm….

  8. MP says:

    They could avoid that by letting the penalized player back again when the injured player is cleared to play by a doctor.

  9. Fair enough. The only other caveat I’d like to see is the means to have a “league” doctor utilized where the “team” doctor may be working the system on behalf of the team – obviously in an appeal capacity.

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