Plan 9 From GM Place

Well, credit where credit is due, folks.

Since November 17, your lovable Vancouver Canucks have put up an impressive 16-10-5 record, collecting 37 points along the way. That’s good enough for a 0.597 points percentage, which would have put them 12th overall if they had been winning at that pace all season.

So it’s great to see that Jim Benning’s hard work finally paying off with on ice results.

It’s during this time that you can really see the value of character guys like Derek Dorsett. His contribution has been felt both on and off the ice, as he shows the kids how to win and really carries the culture of this team on his shoulders.

Speaking of their young prospects, it’s great to see Virtanen really developing as a professional in a winning atmosphere like this. It’s clear that there was nothing more to be learned in the minors and he’s now an invaluable piece of this winning roster.

But all of this pales in comparison to the beefed up blue line. You can see now how opposing forwards skate tentatively through the neutral zone with their heads up, cringing as they scan the ice for Erik Gudbranson’s hulking figure. And their power play has never looked better, now that it’s being run by Philip Larsen. Nobody walks the line better than Larsen, and the results speak for themselves.

Up front, Brandon Sutter has been nothing if not spectacular as a foundational player, really leading the way and carrying the load both offensively and defensively, giving Horvat the time to develop slowly into that defensive role that he’s destined for. By the same token, Jannik Hansen is really showing why it makes no sense to trade him for draft picks that won’t be making this kind of impact for years, if at all. I mean, where would they be without the speed and scoring he has provided over the last two months?

Finally, I cannot understate how important it was for Benning to go out and acquire [veteran 20-goal scorer]. He paid a steep price, giving up picks in the next two drafts, but there’s simply no way that the Canucks would be sitting just one point out of a Wild Card spot with two games in hand had they not taken the bold move to bring in [veteran 20-goal scorer].

So good on you, Jim. I know I’ve been one of your harshest critics, but even I can’t argue with the way everything has worked out just the way you said it would.

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The results speak for themselves.




  • Bud Poile

    The Canucks are winning and Petbugs has become a ‘glass half full’ blogger.

    You’re either the main customer of Liquor Depot or you’ve developed a pharmaceutical addiction.

    Whoever runs this website should fire your behind for this attack piece.Get it together. You suck.

          • Tom Selleck's Moustache

            Well, since we’re on the subject… The Canucks don’t have a winning record.

            And before you trot out the “22-20-6 is a winning record”, if you’re not going to include OT/SO losses as losses, then the same logic has to be applied to OT/SO wins as well. That leaves them with a record of 13-20 in regulation. So either you include all OT/SO outcomes (which gives them a record of 22-26) or none; you can’t have it both ways.

            So while I agree with the comments with respect to the article, as well as the idea that there are good things that the Canucks doing, I don’t need to resort to spinning things simply to make them look better than they are either. That’s just acting unreasonable in the other direction.

          • Bud Poile

            Every team has the same application metric,so when making simple comparisons on a blog that seems to hate the Canucks I don’t really care to list every team’s OT/SO records.

            Since you do want to take on that role,please do.
            Just consider the other 19 teams the Canucks directly compare to when pissing on the Canucks record.

          • Tom Selleck's Moustache

            What the other teams’ records are is irrelevant. This has nothing to do with that and is exclusively relevant to your biased selection criteria that you’re applying to create a fact that simply isn’t congruent with reality.

          • Bud Poile

            Everybody has the same metric,so no it is not.

            It’s called an overtime WIN.

            It’s been the same for all teams for some time now.

            Not exactly news or biased criteria but fact.You don’t like it,get in line.It’s a win so suck it up through that muustache.

          • Tom Selleck's Moustache

            Uh, yeah, so if there’s a winner, then there has to be a loser. That’s why it’s called an overtime LOSS. Appeals to authority do nothing to change that FACT. That’s not news either; it’s called logic, which I understand can be very difficult to wrap your bud sized brain around. But, unfortunately, I can’t make it simpler for you as I’m all out of crayons.

          • Andy

            You’re right – it’s an overtime or shootout win.

            This is great if we’re looking at the playoff race. Those points will be helpful, as will the skills of playing in 3 on 3, not to mention the shootout…

            …what’s that? The playoffs don’t have either of those characteristics?

            Well, that’s worrisome.

            Guess there’s more to being a good playoff team than just winning points.