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Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes Post-Game Recap: The Battle For Fourth Place

Warmup

After four days off to recover from their Californian road trip, the Canucks were back in Rogers Arena on Thursday night to face the Arizona Coyotes. As of puckdrop, the Canucks and Coyotes were tied for fourth in the Pacific Division with 59 points apiece—though both of them sat three points out of a wildcard spot.

The lineups were provided in graphical form by the Canucks PR account, and the changes were legion for Vancouver. Zack MacEwen and Nikolay Goldobin—and the demoted Guillaume Brisebois—were out, and Tim Schaller, Ashton Sautner, and the recently-acquired Ryan Spooner were in. Spooner went straight to the top line with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, while Tyler Motte also found himself in the top-six on a line with Bo Horvat and Josh Leivo.

1st Period 

Jacob Markstrom stared down a short breakaway in the first minute from Mario Kempe after Ashton Sautner and Erik Gudbranson both went for the hit in quick succession, but the Canucks’ starting goaltender proved equal to the task and thus avoided an unfortunate beginning to Sautner’s NHL season. Twitter had fun with John Shorthouse’s call on the play.

The makings of a long night for Gudbranson were continued to appear a few minutes later when he took a holding penalty against Alex Galchenyuk to give Arizona the first powerplay of the game. Pulling double-duty in the top-six and the penalty killing corps, Tyler Motte was high-sticked directly in front of the official on a play that drew blood—but the call was somehow missed. The other members of the PK unit managed to kill the rest of Gudbranson’s minor without further incident.

By the seven-minute mark of the period, Vancouver’s inability to get pucks on the net continued to be an issue.

However, shortly thereafter Markus Granlund and Jay Beagle combined for a couple of chances in close that Darcy Kuemper sharply denied. With momentum finally tilted in the Canucks’ favour, Bo Horvat and Antoine Roussel hit the ice with Granlund still out there. Granlund made a clever between-the-legs pass off the boards to Roussel—who cut toward the net and drew a hooking penalty. Before the Coyotes could gain possession and grant the Canucks’ their first powerplay, Roussel muscled through to get off a backhand pass that Horvat directed into the net.

It was Horvat’s third goal in six games, coming on the heels of a stretch in which he had one goal in 17. It was also his 21st of the season, putting him one goal away from tying his career high with 21 games remaining on the year.

The Canucks continued to maintain control the flow  of the game, taking over the shots lead with a 12-0 run but failing to earn any legitimate chances on net—save for an Alex Biega wrister from the point that nearly beat a mildly-interfered-with Kuemper.

With a minute remaining in the period, the forechecking of Horvat pressured Alex Goligoski to backhand the puck out of play, giving the Canucks their first man advantage of the game. The top unit couldn’t get much going and resolved to try things again with a fresh sheet of ice in the second.

After Arizona started the game with a 8-1 advantage in shots, the period ended with a count of 17-11 in favour of Vancouver.

Intermission Highlight 

Watching the Sportsnet try to fill an entire segment about what Jim Benning is going to do at the deadline when the answer is clearly “not much at all.”

And, of course, the debut(?) of Nikolay Goldobin’s own Audi commercial.

2nd Period 

The second half of the Canucks’ powerplay opened up the period, and it was equally as uneventful as the first. Fortunately for Vancouver, Nick Cousins took a tripping penalty immediately after Arizona completed the kill—putting the Canucks right back on the man advantage.

This time around, the second unit came out to start the powerplay—and they looked a lot better than the first. The backup squad wasted no time setting up in the offensive zone and Adam Gaudette made a nice cross-ice pass to Ryan Spooner—who had a good crack at his first goal as a Canuck that Darcy Kuemper absorbed. The first unit came out for the second minute of the powerplay, but with 15 seconds remaining the second set was sent back out there—having clearly been the more effective of the units. Then again, that’s not really saying much at this point.

After Cousins left the box, the Canucks continued to test Kuemper with moderate to mediocre attempts on net. Brock Boeser got off a clear shot and Spooner had another solid opportunity, but Kuemper had little difficulty stopping either chance.

Given his integral role in the only goal of the game, it should have come as no surprise that Markus Granlund started the period as a permanent fixture on the second line—usurping Tyler Motte’s short-lived reign. Along with Bo Horvat and Antoine Roussel, Granlund gave the Canucks their best stint of sustained pressure near the eight-minute mark of the middle frame, though the line was unable to capitalize on multiple opportunities. Beyond that, the game remained rather slow and uneventful.

In the midst of an uncharacteristically quiet game, Elias Pettersson was left alone in the slot but missed high and wide—dropping to his knees in frustration. Moments later, however, Pettersson drew a tripping call against Niklas Hjalmarsson in the corner, sending the Canucks to their third consecutive powerplay.

Unfortunately, the only highlight of the Canucks’ time with the man advantage was Pettersson tossing the much larger Lawson Crouse to the ice.

Apparently, a frustrated Elias Pettersson is not someone you want to get in the way of.

Other than that, Vancouver’s woeful powerplay percentage slipped another notch lower—not that in-house celebrity Jason Momoa seemed to care.

Things remained tight on the defensive end, at least. Despite the realities of the current roster, the Canucks held the Coyotes to just six shots in the second period while earning nine of their own. Ashton Sautner in particular drew praise for his solid play—though Troy Stecher and Ben Hutton deserved the bulk of the credit. The impromptu top pairing clocked in at 18:45 and 15:56 through two periods.

Intermission Highlight

Finding out that Derrick Pouliot’s Twitter handle is @lordricky51. That’s almost as bad as @Hockey_Gaud.

3rd Period 

Despite the best efforts of the arena DJ, the crowd came out flat in the third period after a less-than-scintillating middle frame—and both teams seemed to follow suit. Some nifty stickhandling by Alex Galchenyuk produced some early excitement and a key Jacob Markstrom save, but otherwise the battle for fourth place in the Pacific Division remained surprisingly passive.

Looking for a spark, coach Travis Green threw his lines in a blender, but nothing seemed to work and the Canucks seemed unable to even attempt a shot on net. Tyler Motte also looked to spark the team by throwing a clean yet devastating hit on Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the neutral zone that went surprisingly unchallenged.

By the halfway mark of the period, even John Shorthouse sounded bored and John Garrett was going silent for minutes at a time—and almost certainly taking micro-naps.

As the momentum began to shift in Arizona’s favour, Derrick Pouliot spiced things up with a panicky hooking penalty—induced by his own giveaway—giving the Coyotes their second man advantage of the game. The Arizona powerplay immediately looked more dangerous than that of the Canucks, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson ringing one off the post within a couple seconds of the Coyotes gaining possession.

Shortly after that, Jakob Chychrun blasted a shot from the point that ramped off Jay Beagle’s stick high in the slot and beat Markstrom on the glove side—tying the game at 1-1 with less than ten minutes remaining. It was Arizona’s 15th shot of the period, and the tragic saga of the Canucks’ special teams raged on.

In what seemed like an inevitability, the Coyotes went ahead 2-1 at the 16:45 mark of the third as Josh Archibald made a brilliant pass to Lawson Crouse in the slot—and Crouse made no mistake in beating Markstrom up high.

When Adam Gaudette picked up an Antoine Roussel pass and wired it at Darcy Kuemper on the next shift, it was the Canucks’ fourth shot on goal in the third period. Fortunately, Gaudette made it count—absolutely ripping it off the bar and in to give Vancouver a tie game that they probably didn’t deserve. It was Gaudette’s third point in four games since being recalled from Utica.

Gunning for the win in the final minutes of the third, Green put the trinity of Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, and Bo Horvat together for a shift—but the trio was unable to earn a genuine chance on Kuemper.

After a final frame in which the shots were 20-4 in favour of Arizona, the Canucks found themselves somewhat improbably headed to overtime. Each team moved to within two points of a Western Conference wildcard spot.

Overtime 

After some dominant three-on-three play by Troy Stecher failed to produce the winning goal, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat got stuck on the ice as the Coyotes took over. Arizona completed a change while in the offensive zone, allowing Alex Galchenyuk to pick up the puck and fake a wraparound before deftly turning around and tucking the puck past Jacob Markstrom.

It was a suitably frustrating end to a frustrating game for the Vancouver Canucks.

Wrap-Up 

The Canucks did not deserve to win this game—and, lo and behold, they didn’t. Aside from brief flurries and a couple sustained sequences of pressure, the Vancouver offense was effectively shut down by the Coyotes all night.

Right when the Canucks needed to turn up the heat on the Coyotes, they went cold. This matchup was an important one and a winnable one—but that unfortunately didn’t translate to an exceptional effort on the ice.

It’s now decidedly gut-check time for the Vancouver Canucks. Look for them to come out hard against New York on Saturday as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive—and make up for this dismal performance.

Advanced Stats

 

Gameflow from Canucks vs Arizona February 21, 2019 (Courtesy of naturalstattrick.com)

 

Heatmap from Canucks vs Arizona February 21, 2019 (Courtesy of naturalstattrick.com)

 

The heatmap isn’t always evocative of how a game went, but tonight it speaks volumes. 

Top Performers 

Troy Stecher

Stecher played a superhuman 30:24 against Arizona—and he didn’t look dissimilar to a number one defenseman while doing so. Stecher led the team in shots on goal in addition to ice time, and he briefly took over the game in overtime through his stellar skating and vision. What Stecher is accomplishing in the absence of Alex Edler and Chris Tanev is nothing short of remarkable—and bodes well for him taking on an increased role next season.

Antoine Roussel

Roussel paced the Canucks’ offense tonight with two assists—both of which were primary and of an impressive quality, to boot. He also accomplished this in just 13:45 of ice time, only 15 seconds of which came on the powerplay. It’s plain to see that Roussel elevates Bo Horvat’s game when he plays on his wing—and if there’s one Canuck currently deserving of more ice time, it’s probably Roussel.

Ashton Sautner

Sautner played the least amount of any blueliner at just 12:05, but it was a solid 12:05. Sautner brings something that has been lacking in the Canucks’ defense corps this season—steadiness. He’s physical, disciplined positionally, and not afraid to jump into the play when he sees an opportunity. It’s a short sample size, but Sautner continues to look like he has a future as an NHL defenseman.

Next Game 

The Canucks will have a day off at home before they face the New York Islanders on Saturday, February 23—with a start-time of 7:00PM PST on Sportsnet Pacific.

    • Cageyvet

      Agreed. I also agree with the analysis of Sautner, it’s been very small sample sizes, but he looked this way last time he was up here as well. Steady is the best description, he doesn’t wow you, but he does use the body to engage the forwards, and doesn’t look out of place. Is he ever going to be better than a number 6 guy? Probably not, but he looks better than Biega, who is also purely depth but starting to age, and his game is based on energy. I’m fine with Sautner getting a good look during the end of this season, there’s certainly not many guys pushing him out of the mix on our ever-so-thin blueline.

    • KGR

      I’ve always been a fan of Stecher. His work ethic and drive are off the charts. It is his offense that worries me. For a number one we need a big shot and some finish around the net to go with good defensive play. He (IMO) is not the one to run the power play..hopefully Hughes is that player. Cheers

  • Bud Poile

    With the exception of an anemic PP and the shot that led to the loss with 63 minutes of hockey already in the books the game was pretty exciting.
    The Yotes came out to win in the third and the Canucks relied on Markstrom,who was stellar once again.

  • TheRealPB

    I understand the frustrations with Goldobin but there is no way he is worse than Eriksson and Schaller. Most of the Canucks didn’t look that good but it is hard to imagine we could be that much less creative than we already are without him. The injuries + swoon right now are probably for the best as the mirage of the playoffs is fast disappearing. At this point I would take a seventh and retain salary to get Gudbranson off our team. Sautner, Chatfield, Biega or Brisebois are preferable to having him on the ice.

    • Defenceman Factory

      I don’t understand the comparison of Goldobin to Ericksson and Schaller. I’m not defending any of them. I think if you put Goldy out on the PK or on the 4th line he doesn’t compare well at all. He can’t beat those guys out of their roles. He needs to beat Leivo, Roussel and Spooner (hopefully Baertschi returns to the competition) out of the top 6 roles. What do you do with Goldy’s contract at the end of the year?

      • KGR

        Personally I would walk away from Goldy’s contract. Not qualify him. If we can trade him by the deadline – great. This is not to slight who Goldy is as a person; but he doesn’t have the drive to be successful in the NHL. Few of us do :). I see him in the KHL next year. Still wish him the best.

  • Rodeobill

    Spooner looked good in his first game, I hope he can find his role here where Gagner could not. One person who has quickly found his home is the Rooster. He is selfless in setting up plays, protecting his team, and setting the tone of the game. He is Exactly the type of “character” person that makes a loose bunch of people fighting for spots on a roster into a team that plays for each other. Plus, he has this awkward move where he comes from behind a guy that he wants to have words with and kinda cradles them to the ice or whatever, but while he is whispering in the dudes ear his warning or whatever it kind of feels equal parts romantic and a violation of a guys personal space. It FEELS like a penalty, but what is the ref going to call? “Hey! No whispering sweet nothings.” Makes me laugh. Maybe that is what the French part of him brings to the game.

    Sautner looked like our 3rd best Dman tonight, I want the see more of him, on that topic, I wouldn’t mind seeing some Schenn either. Biega and Pouliot need to work more kinks out of their game.
    Is it me or is this roster plump like a ripe fruit? I hope this is a sign of preparation of some movement at the deadline, we have quite a big roster if all is healthy, and have doubled up on some pieces in many spots. When is a better time than now to finish stocking the cupboards? We have (other than in Goal) people at every position and role that can step up at least in an adequate capacity. I know JB probably has pressure to get PO revenue for the Aquilinis and to secure his job, but the reality is that D takes longer to mature, in general, and we sorely lack those anchors, while our young forward core matures. Get. Some. Picks. Having more of those will endear you to fans at the draft in Van this year.
    Also, I dont hate Arizona, I even kinda relate to them. They worked hard tonight and deserved the win.
    Boeser needs to work on some other parts of his game as he grows into this league. Wicked shot, but it would be nice if he could win a puck battle or two. He might actually do better with Rousell and Horvat, then all he needs to do is get open and shoot.
    Also, I am convinced that Markstrom has grown into his game, this is not a “streak.” He must have had some kind of epiphany, might be good to lock him down ahead of time, and I dont want to jinx it, but I believe that Demko is really going to have to step up to take away that starter role.

  • MattyT

    Let’s see…
    26th on the PP,
    23rd GF,
    20th GA,
    18th PK,
    -16 in Goal Diff
    30th in scoring chance diff… NO playoffs four straight seasons.

    Only a troll would say everything is on the up! Wake up.

    I am tired of the LIES and the LOSING and so should you be!!!!!!!!

    • canuckfan

      No one gave this team any chance of being in contention at this time of the season. It is pretty obvious that the Canucks aren’t a championship team at this time. But because all the other teams in the division aren’t looking to make the playoffs we just may limp in. Who knows what could happen.
      I am hoping that we will be competitive but will slip down the standings towards a nice spot for selecting a prospect in the upcoming draft and I will look back at the season and be happy that Markstrom has picked up his game and can give us the goal tending that a contending team needs. With some improvement on defense and changes up front the Canucks will be fun to watch.
      The injuries have been devastating and have caused the team to play a different style. For those who thought the game last night was exciting I disagree it was a snooze fest. Granlund I believe is the player other teams are scouting as he would be a good addition to any play off team and has been put in all sorts of different rolls lately and has looked good. He is not going to bring in any high draft pick but will get something back.
      Time to move on Schaller good depth guy but we are not that low where he should be in the lineup there are a lot more depth guys ahead of him need some energy not a slug. Don’t think he makes the grade out of training camp next season.
      Will be interesting to see what happens between now and the deadline, it is now about setting things up for next year. Goldobin will need to work his ass off over the summer and into training camp otherwise he is done with no opportunity of making it anywhere.

      • MattyT

        Oh really… the GM did…

        “We want to be competitive next year. This is year 2 and by our 4th (2017-18) or 5th (2018-19) I hope and expect that we are right there with the elite teams in the league” – Jim Benning

        “The bottom line is our goal is win games and to be competitive to make the playoffs. That’s what we’re here for.” Jim Benning Feb 14th 2018

        “I like our defence now and I like our centre ice. I can’t wait until the season starts.” – Benning 2017/18

        Keep licking those windows cheerleaders, like the mugs you are.

        • BChockeyfan

          wow, those quotes really put things into perspective. even the entertainment value has dropped off from earlier in the season. don’t understand how green and benning aren’t on the hotseat from ownership, and newel brown! i mean wtf?

  • Burnabybob

    Gaudette looks like a real player. Hopefully one of their other young forwards like Dahlen or Lind can make the jump next year and help him form a solid third line with Virtanen or Roussel.

    And 30 minutes from Stecher? Holy s%&$! That shows both what a good player he is but also how paper thin their defense is.

    • Kootenaydude

      Meh. What a lousy game. What a lousy power play. No flow to this game. Bright spot was Gaudettes goal and Sautner playing a decent game. I’m not exactly sure what the guys in front of the net are doing on the powerplay, but they don’t ever deflect pucks in the net. They don’t screen the goalie enough. No slap passes to the slot. The whole powerplay just seems dysfunctional. Minus the occasional shot from Pettersson of course. Can we play Colorado again?

    • Nuck16

      He’s a winner, playing his best when needed most. He’s basically responsible for our last 3 points considering the shootout win in LA only happened because he tied the game.
      He should be fun to watch in the playoffs, whenever that happens.

  • Beer Can Boyd

    After last night, is there anyone left on this forum who thinks that making the playoffs is A) possible and B) a good thing? The Canucks are a developing team, with zero depth. I’d way rather see them dump vets for futures than have to sit through games like that for the next few years. Honestly, it looks as though they are being outplayed in every game I watch.

  • Kanuckhotep

    To address Mr. Beer Can’s point about making the playoffs: Yes, it is possible but the probability of it is a different matter. Certainly it’d be technically good for them to make the playoffs for the fans and for this young player group but let’s deal in reality. The Canucks lack a gifted PP QB and all the point men have Dennis Kearns type “blistering shots” than never get through and couldn’t kill a mosquito. This year is a significant upgrade from the last couple of years’ teams but even I realize Benning has a lot more work ahead of him to climb out of the non playoff abyss. I’d like the VC to do as well as possible but we’re probably looking at a reasonably high up pick in June, one I hope they get right.

    • North Van Halen

      That’s more the Doug Lidster slap shot that couldn’t break a pane of glass. Kearns had a great shot, on his own net, where he scored frequently.

      • Tedchinook

        Ah c’mon. Don’t you remember the joke, “Kearns shoots…long pause…save by the goalie”. He was actually a decent player but his shot wouldn’t scare a rec league goalie.

        • North Van Halen

          I actually remember the joke Kearns scored more on his own goal, than the other team. In fact, Im pretty sure he scored the overtime winner for Montreal to eliminate Vancouver in their first playoff appearance.

          At the time, I believe, he was our best defenseman (but this is going into the childhood memory banks). Even then and every ear since the Canucks have never had a true #1 dman. Oh please, let Hughes break the curse, oh please, oh please!!!

    • It’s no coincidence that the Canucks went to the finals only after getting PP QB’s like Brown and Ehrhoff. Nice thing about this go around is that Hughes is a honegrown draft pick rather than a veteran trade acquisition (longer retention).

    • Burnabybob

      “The Canucks lack a gifted PP QB.”

      Quinn Hughes will probably debut with the Canucks before the end of the season. If he’s as good as advertised should help their powerplay. Maybe not instantly, but within a year or two.

      • Kootenaydude

        Burnaby Bob now do the Canucks let Hughes burn his first year of his contract? This would mean the Canucks having to protect him in the expansion draft or do they just let him play a handful of games? Which would help the team as he wouldn’t have to be protected from the expansion draft and a extra year of ELC. Letting him play 9 games or more benifits Hughes, but definitely not the Canucks IMHO.

  • Defenceman Factory

    I really don’t understand how you can take a bunch of players that talented and create a powerplay so ineffective. The problem runs much deeper than just the Dman QB. I heard a rumour one time that cycling the puck can sometimes be effective.

    The Canucks 3rd period was one of their worst this season. At least Gaudette and Sautner were bright spots.

      • kermit

        Agreed. A goalie can make a huge difference. If we hadn’t had Ryan Miller, we quite possibly would have landed Austin Mathews. Then again, if we had Mathews, we probably wouldn’t have Petterssen.

        • Nuck16

          That could also have been said about Tkachuk…had we picked him chances are we wouldn’t have landed Petey. Coincidentally, the year of Keith Tkachuk’s draft, he was also selected next after the Canucks when we took Shaun Antoski 17th overall. As a small act of revenge for that, I went on a couple dates with Antoski’s ex-girlfriend back in the 90’s haha.

    • DJ_44

      The problem with the PP is the same as it has been all year. No Movement. I was at the game; defending the PP was obvious and it was easy … let Stecher do nothing with the puck up top (or best of all for the defenders, let him take a shot) …. and pressure Boeser and Pettersson on the half walls. Both Pettersson and Boeser need to move with the puck….circle high and move low….change places with Stecher, otherwise no lanes open up.

      Best chances yesterday came off partial clears and broken zone entries where the positions were mixed up and movement was forced.

      The other noticeable player last night was Spooner. He has puck skills …. he set up Pettersson and Boeser in prime scoring positions 3 or 4 times …. with Pettersson’s miss from the slot in the 2nd period being the best of the bunch.

  • Gino's 3rd Cousin

    Gaudette’s shot shook me out of unconsciousness. I’d like to see him up for the rest of the year. He has a fire in his game that can’t be taught.

    • North Van Halen

      Sutter has to be gone this summer. Has to. Gaudette needs a long look without thoughts he could go to Utica if everyone is healthy.

      The only scenario that should affect that decision is if the Canucks win the draft lottery and get Hughes or Kakko pushing Gaudette for minutes, not the warmed up corpse of Brandon Sutter.

      • Agree with moving Sutter in the summer, Gaudette deserves the 3C spot full-time next season. If the Canucks get knocked out of playoff contention, Gaudette can go down to Utica to help with a playoff push since the Comets currently have a 4 point cushion on a playoff spot.

  • Freud

    It was billed as a playoff type game. The kind of game the Benning slurpers insist the young guys need to develop. And Benning brought in all these vets to lead the way in big games, insulate the young guys and help them compete!

    And I’ll remind you it was Arizona, with the same “injuries!” excuse, at home.

    Eriksson – the highest paid forward, we have him for 3 more years! 10:12 minutes/ 26% possession/ 0% scoring chance

    Gudbransen – the highest paid d-man on the ice, we have him for 2 more years! 12:10 min/coach has no trust/ forces Stetcher to play 30 minutes/historically bad scoring chance diff.

    Beagle – signed until he’s 37! 12:08 min/ 30% poss/ 22% scoring chances

    Schaller – we have him for another year! 8:07 min/21%poss/10% scoring chance

    Motte – Benning won that trade, see he knows what he’s doing! 28% poss/18% scoring chance.

    We won’t mention Sutter who has fewer assists this season than 10 goalies.

    All this Oiler-like garbage is on Benning and the idiot owner who can’t see the forest for the trees. Youth, futures and weaponized cap space given up to bring these guys in. They then offer up this garbage in one of those oh so important, meaningful games.

    When these guys were brought in, there was clear, public evidence that screamed don’t do it, but Benning somehow knows better.

    This management team brought these guys in and all season they have provided the opposite of what was stated they would bring.

    There is one prospect on the horizon who has a good chance at being close to elite in Hughes, yet all signs point to the team standing pat on Monday. Incredible.

    • Dirk22

      Every other sports franchise in the world would be looking to offload veterans for futures but we’re stuck with Jim who’s looking for help “to be competitive down the stretch” (his quote today).

      Anyone in this town who says they are excited for this ‘playoff run’ over the next month and a half is lying through their teeth.You could get a ticket for last night’s game for $10.

    • Bud Poile

      Five rookies in the lineup,one a shoe-in for the Calder and another a Hobey Baker winner with a spectacular goal and you trot out your Benning hatred schtick ad nauseum.
      How about Rousell and the awesome season Markstrom both are having?
      The resurgence of Hutton after such a dismal end to his last year?
      Stetcher out performing and growing into a solid top-4 before us?
      So many great story lines this year with an incredible work ethic and you rag us out with Beagle,Schaller and Motte hate.
      Hughes is coming in ten days,Tanev is right behind him and so is Demko.
      Young guys like Brisebois,Sautner and MacEwen providing solid depth and decent trades bringing in Spooner,Leivo and Schenn adding more.
      You have a graveyard dwelling in your hockey soul,Freud.

      • MattyT

        The clueless hypocrite troll strikes again…

        “I want to see Elias recover as fully as possible and then preferably spend another year back in Sweden or the AHL. Elias’ health and future has been compromised. Once your brain is injured there is no going back to mending it.” ——– Bud Poile throwing Pettersson under the bus

        “When a d-man plays as soft as Scotch pudding he is slid under the pudding bowl. Hutton is softer than jello or pudding.” —- Bud Poile throwing Hutton under the bus

        “Don’t want to hear about “ifs” the team is what it is right now………..and it is deplorable. I was primed for the longer rebuild, but this parting with very good nhl and ahl prospects has me less and less interested in this team.” —- Bud Poile throwing BENNING under the bus

        Off you go, tail between legs. You are a complete JOKE here.