33Cheers and Jeers!
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Cheers and Jeers: January 10th

I keep hoping that at some point the opening monologue (soliloquy?) to this weekly hit doesn’t have to touch on mounting losses and injuries that make each passing day more challenging than the last for your Vancouver Canucks.

It just gets tiresome having to relay bad news week after week (day after day, even), you know?

Here we are though and since we last met the Canucks have lost another two games, and in fairly convincing fashion at that. Oh, and Chris Tanev is back on the shelf. It’s like groundhog day, I tells yeah.

Well, let’s get to it, why don’t we?

Cheers to Ben Hutton for returning to the Canucks lineup and making his presence felt. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’m any more or less fond of Hutton’s game after he knocked Brooks Orpik on his ass and fought Devante Smith-Pelly for the trouble, but I get the sense the coach is. That matters because it’s Canucks head coach Travis Green that Hutton has to win over.

If you read The Province’s Jason Botchford’s The Provies after last night’s Canucks loss, you’d notice that in one of Green’s patented pep-talks to Hutton, he highlighted the need for Hutton to step up physically for the Canucks. Hutton’s delivered. I just hope it’s enough to keep him in the lineup when everyone’s healthy. I’m not sure I have much of an appetite for any more Hutton healthy scratches.

Jeers to the Canucks for passing up the opportunity to acquire Anthony Duclair. Look, I know the comments section is already gearing up to give me a hard time for this one on the premise that we don’t know what the Canucks did or didn’t offer for Duclair, and there’s some merit to that. But when I see a young player with offensive upside that’s already about a 40 point per 82 game season scorer with a neutral two-way profile going for Richard Panik, well, I can’t help but feel like the Canucks missed a golden opportunity to acquire a good young player for pennies on the dollar.

Cheers to Brock Boeser for his first NHL All-Star appearance on the Pacific Division team. Boeser made his selection an easy one for fans and the league alike. He’s a rising star in today’s NHL and well on his way to a Calder Trophy. This couldn’t happen to a better guy, too.

Jeers to Loui Eriksson’s disappearing act when the Canucks needed him most. Since December 1st, Eriksson has two points, both assists. This is a player making $6-million a season. The worst part of this is it really seemed like Eriksson had started getting the bounces in November — there were signs that he was turning his Canucks tenure around! Since then, Eriksson’s been invisible at best.

Cheers to Kole Lind, who’s done nothing but score since Team Canada cut him from their World Junior roster. With an assist tonight for the Kelowna Rockets, Lind has a ten-game point streak going, in which he’s scored eight goals and eleven assists. It seems he’s used that snub as motivation and the rest of the WHL is suffering for it.

  • Jabs

    My favorite Hutton play last night was when he backed up into his own zone instead of challenging the shooter or playing the boddy and Eller snapped a shot right by him while using him as a screen…..good stuff.

  • truthseeker

    Yes Duclair is young and yes he might end up being decent but his 40 point season was two years ago. Last year he didn’t do anything and this year he’s been alright but hardly anything to get worked up about.

    Arizona probably would have wanted a Goldobin for him and I don’t think that’s worth it.

    Not every player needs to be chased after just because they are young and had an average at best season once upon a time.

    • Braindead Benning

      Agreed… and Duclair apparently does not have the best of attitude and work ethic as what’s required so basically that puts him in the same category as Evander Kane..

    • Goldobin for Duclair would absolutely be worth it. Goldobin has potential but it’s mostly unrealized at this point. Duclair has already shown what he’s capable of. Duclair is the much safer bet to have an impactful NHL career.

      • truthseeker

        I’d rather keep Goldobin and try to tap that potential. But yeah I do understand an argument could be made in favor of the other way. I wasn’t clear in my point. I also meant that the canucks should go no higher than a Goldy for him. I don’t think Duclair is worth a Sven or a Grandlund for example.

  • Gino's 3rd Cousin

    I haven’t been a fan of Hutton especially in the defensive zone, but that series was deadly. He dropped the gloves without hesitation and I salute the young lad for his efforts.

  • Cageyvet

    I’m not going to roast you over wanting Duclair, JD, you don’t have to work too hard to make a case for him. I’d tend to want to know more about his peripheral skills to really say if we need him, he’s not going to be in your top 6 ever so he would need to kill penalties, etc.
    I have to say, as a guy whose fired back more than once at the snark factor on the site, I’m enjoying your writing much more the last little while. That’s despite the team being pretty darn poor, so it’s not like there aren’t plenty of chances to criticize. I think I appreciate your tolerance of Travis’s questionable choices the most, as I agree all coaches pull headscratchers to us on the outside, but they also operate from a much more informed position than us. I guess it feels more like sometimes we just agree to disagree, which is normal, as opposed to a witch hunt, and I’m reading an informed opinion who doesn’t have an agenda, so cheers to you for that. You don’t have to be a cheerleader to keep me reading, the truth suits me just fine, keep it up.

  • Killer Marmot

    Cheers to Kole Lind, who’s done nothing but score since Team Canada cut him from their World Junior roster.

    Petterson, Gaudette, Dahlen, Gadjovich, Lind, Juolevi, Demko, plus other players who seemingly pop out of nowhere.

    The next two years will be interesting.

  • wojohowitz

    Jeers to Travis Green. I don`t like the way he is handling his roster. 2-13-2 over the last 17 games playing veterans while newbies sit. If we are going to lose a lot at least lose with the youngsters and CA; stop giving TG a pass – he makes Willie look good.

    • jaybird43

      I think you are wrong. TG has shown tremendous flexibility in trying different combinations. I play on a beer league team that’s currently 0-15. All the coaching can’t hide the fact that our talent is thin. Same with TG. I think he did quite well when he had, at best, a middling roster. Arbour, Babcock, Bowen, Hitchcock, nor Quinn couldn’t get very much more out if this thin injury riddled roster. People need to be realistic. You can’t make magic from green beans and goid wishes….

    • Silverback

      My thought is that he is sheltering the younger guys from losing their confidence, while teaching fundamentals. As a coach, I think he knows what he has on this roster. He makes his own informed decisions.

  • jaybird43

    I do appreciate JD not taking gratuitous shots. The key injuries they have DO hurt. The team is rebuilding, but the overall talent us thin while awaiting this great crop of prospects. Now, if only Botch could show the same level of thoughtfulness … in the thinking sense of the word … :/