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Player of the Week: Jim Benning

Personally speaking, as a full-fledged Canucks fan since the West Coast Express era, it’s the first time I can recall there ever being so many new additions to the team being such vital parts to the team so early on in the season.  It’s a strange and wondrous feeling, and I feel like this week I should be talking about another new addition to team, albeit in a different fashion — Mr. Jim Benning, ladies and gentleman.

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Today I Read: About Ference, Foolishness, and Fancy Stats

The NHL suspended Edmonton Oilers captain, Andrew Ference, for 3 games following his headshot on Zack Kassian. On its own, that probably sounds fair. But as Kerry Fraser notes, this isn’t Ference’s first run-in with NHL DoPS. In fact, he’s been suspended twice recently for dangerous hits – in other words, he’s exactly the league’s definition of a repeat offender.

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Player of the Week: Linden Vey

In 12 games so far this season, Vey’s got 4 goals and 2 assists — for a total of 6 points  — with two of those goals coming in the last week. And, with 4 goals to his name this season, if he were still on the LA Kings, that’d put him as the fourth-leading goal scorer on the team.  So, uh, thanks, LA! (And no, you can’t have him back.)

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You Be The Judge: Should Alex Burrows be suspended?

Burrows’ hit on Emelin had all the trademarks of the kind of hit the NHL is trying to eliminate. Emelin was admiring his pass, which placed him in a vulnerable position, Burrows’ point of contact was high, and there were a couple of steamboats from the point that Emelin got rid of the puck to the point that Burrows hit him – the hit was high, the hit was late, and the hit was to a guy in a vulnerable position.

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