Canucks Claim Massive Winger Tom Sestito

Thomas Drance
March 01 2013 11:14AM

Tom Sestito and Zack Kassian have some level of familiarity.

In the wake of the Volpatti affair, and the negative suckholism that has infected the tenor of the conversation about the Canucks in the Vancouver sports market this week, it appears that the Canucks were in the market to add a one some toughness. They did so using the waiver wire today, claiming 6,5 228 pound enforcer Tom Sestito (not to be confused with former teammate Tim Sestito) who was placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

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On Vancouver's Center Depth, Steve Pinizzotto versus Aaron Volpatti, and Mindless Panic

Thomas Drance
March 01 2013 10:10AM

"Welp the Canucks lost this guy on waivers, guess we're screwed" - a dummy.
Photo Credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images

I can't remember a more histrionic week in Canucks coverage. I suppose that's inevitable when the team loses a couple of games in ugly fashion, will be without their best two-way forward for another month at least, and waives a fourth liner (who they maybe could've traded for a late-round draft pick, I guess). But nothing we've seen this week dramatically changes my assessment of this club or their trajectory, and the tone of the conversation seems particularly divorced from reality (even by Vancouver sports media standards).

Look, I get it, it's tough to sell papers these days, but here's the thing about cogent analysis: if the tone shifts dramatically from week to week, then that analysis probably isn't of a very high quality. We all know that the Canucks aren't a contender without Ryan Kesler, this isn't a surprise, but the timeline we've been given for his return suggests that he'll be back in time for the playoffs. It strikes me that this recent "panic" is unfounded and simplistic and we may as well address that at length. 

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With Kevin Bieksa, the Good Far Outweighs the Bad

Jeff Angus
February 28 2013 01:10PM

Kevin Bieksa has carried many labels during his tenure with the Canucks. At his best, he is a physical and instinctive two-way defenseman who can play on the power play and shut down opposing star forwards.

At his worst, he is an overly aggressive defenseman who goes out of position to make plays, both defensively and offensively.

He has battled through some pretty significant injuries in his career. He has formed one half of two of the best defensive pairings the Canucks have ever seen (with Willie Mitchell for a few seasons, and now with Dan Hamhuis).

Bieksa is also a difficult defenseman to analyze. Why? Read on to find out.

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Grinder Aaron Volpatti Claimed by Capitals

Thomas Drance
February 28 2013 10:55AM

Per Ryan Rishaug, who has spent the past twenty-four hours pumping Aaron Volpatti's tires very publicly, the Canucks grinder was claimed on waivers by the Washington Capitals today. 

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Ryan Kesler Out (Again) with a Broken Foot

Thomas Drance
February 27 2013 04:51PM

It wasn't clear when the Canucks waived grinder Aaron Volpatti on Wednesday morning what angle the club was playing at. The roster maneuver began to make more sense however, at the team's practice on Wednesday afternoon when Ryan Kesler was wearing a boot. It turns out the Canucks' Selke winning centre was injured, and the team will recall Andrew Ebbett to plug a major hole in their top-six.

According to Alain Vigneault, the injury is a broken foot and Kesler should miss the next four to six weeks as a result. Yikes.

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