Graphic Comments: Subtraction By Addition

Graphic Comments
April 09 2015 12:33PM

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If you've been a Canucks fan long enough, you will likely remember a couple of deadline deals Pat Quinn made with the St. Louis Blues. The most cited is the deal for Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican and Nathan Lafayette (sigh) that set the Canucks up for their unlikely run to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.

But a few years earlier, Quinn made a much more significant deal when he shipped Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn to the Blues for Geoff Courtnall, Sergio Momesso, Robert Dirk, Cliff Ronning and a 5th round pick. While that turned out to be a great return for the Canucks, at the time there was concern than they had also given away a lot in Butcher and Quinn.

One explanation for the deal, which has stuck with me ever since, was that the real benefit of the trade was that it was addition by subtraction. No matter the player return the Canucks got back, what they really wanted was to get Dan Quinn and his off-ice, playboy lifestyle away from Trevor Linden. 

In many ways, addition by subtraction is probably how the Cody Hodgson trade might be described, ironic as that might be, considering the return. Sometimes the best way to make your team better is to jettison some of those off-ice distractions.

So what does this have to do with the current edition of the Canucks? Well, yesterday they engaged in something that I will call subtraction by addition. I mean, what else did you expect at Canucks Army, if not more math?

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Canucks' Markstrom reassigned to Utica; Miller to backup Lack Thursday vs. Coyotes

Thomas Drance
April 09 2015 12:05PM

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller probably won't face down any NHL shooters on Thursday night when the Canucks host the Arizona Coyotes, but he will apparently be dressed and in uniform for the first time since spraining his knee on Feb. 22.

Canucks backup Jacob Markstrom was spotted leaving Rogers Arena on Thursday with his bags packed, apparently headed to rejoin the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. The team has since confirmed that Miller will don his ball cap on Thursday, as he prepares to get into a tune-up game on Sunday against the Edmonton Kingslayers Oilers.

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The Nation Drafts Playoff Pool: Play for Charity, Fun, and Glory

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 09:27AM

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It's nearly the end of the hockey season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of the playoffs(!), we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!

The Nation Drafts playoff pool is fun, inexpensive, proceeds benefit a worthy cause, and you could win prizes! What's not to love? Read on for more details.

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8 Things That Are Nicer To Think About Than The Sbisa and Dorsett Extensions

Grainne Downey
April 09 2015 09:00AM

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This week, Babych Please has been re-christened in honour of Jim Benning's work on Wednesday. Here are 8 things that are nicer to think about than Dorsett and Sbisa's contract extensions:

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Why You Can Win With Derek Dorsett, But Not His New Contract

That's Offside!
April 08 2015 06:56PM

The Vancouver Canucks signed two horrible contracts today, let's let that part out of the way since there's no sugar coating it. 

With multi-year extensions for both Derek Dorsett and Luca Sbisa, they club elected to pay two bottom-of-the-lineup players middle-of-the-lineup money, and locked both up for the mid-term future too.

But both deals are bad in different ways. While Luca Sbisa may belong on the fringes of an NHL roster, Derek Dorsett has been a valuable 4th-line contributor, one that brings a plethora of off-ice benefits to the table as well. He's tough, he scores, he plays with his heart on his sleeve, and he's been an effective two-way guy in his career - you win with those types of players on your roster.

But Dorsett's extension is still poor asset management on behalf of Jim Benning. Find out why after the jump.

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