CanucksArmy’s Hot Take Survivor Episode 5: “Well, we all saw that one coming!” edition
2 months ago
Well, we all saw this one coming, didn’t we?
Just like how Andrei Kuzmenko cutting out Nutella pancakes immediately resulted in Wyatt Arndt’s elimination from Hot Take Survivor, news of a potential change of scenery for Spencer Martin similarly altered the fate of another CanucksArmy contributor.
You probably guessed whose take was next to go by the title of this episode alone.
Regardless! First, the votes!
55 were collected from five sources: the CanucksArmy comment section, Twitter, Facebook, the Canucks’ Discord, and internally, via our writer’s group chat.
To ensure a fair, democratic elimination process, we weighted the votes accordingly.
Typically, we let the vote run for a whole week before completing our final tabulations. However, this week’s eliminated contestant featured so heavily in the “vote out” that delaying this episode any longer was pointless.
For the second straight week, it was a landslide at tribal council.
Presenting the Hot Take voted (by you) as the coldest/least likely take of the bunch.
The Fourth Boot
All apologies to managing editor David Quadrelli; the voting public simply did not share his belief that Arturs Silovs would play more NHL games than Spencer Martin. We’re not really sure if this was an anti-goalie guild type of alliance formed by Chris Faber to take Quads down. Or if the voting public simply saw the acquisition of Casey DeSmith as irreparably damaging to the potential of Silovs playing more NHL games than Martin.
Following Elliotte Friedman’s report that the Avalanche were in the market for a backup netminder, it didn’t take long for two and two to get put together. It’s no surprise Martin has fallen out of favour with Canucks management following his disastrous sophomore campaign with the club. Though the blame for his sophomore slump can’t squarely be laid at Martin’s feet, the team was atrocious defensively whenever he was between the pipes; it’s understandable why management would look for a safer bet in goal. Arturs Silovs showed well during his NHL cup of coffee. But this management group clearly doesn’t want to bet on a small sample size like they did with Spencer Martin in 2021-22.
Adding insult to injury was Martin’s omission from the club’s Team Blue vs. Team White scrimmage on Saturday. The absence all but cemented Martin’s place on the goaltending depth chart. Should the club find a change of scenery for Martin, it stands to reason that Martin can and will play more NHL games than Silovs. Unfortunately, those games might come for a team not named Vancouver.
Had David’s Hot Take included the caveat that Silovs will play more NHL games for the Vancouver Canucks than Spencer Martin will this season, he may have survived another week of Hot Take Survivor. Alas, he did not. Or if he did, I definitely forgot to transcribe that in our voting forms.
But, as acting Jeff Probst of this here competition, I refuse to take ownership of my mistakes.
Therefore, David Quadrelli has been eliminated.
Next Week on CanucksArmy Hot Take Survivor
Let us know in the comments how you would rate CanucksArmy’s FOUR remaining Hot Takes by the best/most amusing concept with the greatest likelihood of actually happening. One contributor’s take will outwit, outplay, and outlast the others, and it’s up to you to help us determine who has one aspect of next season figured out already!
A reminder of the takes still on the line for Hot Take Supremacy!
The remaining takes below are ranked, not from best to worst, but to help you vote down in the comment section or on our Google Voting Form!
1. Elias Pettersson will edge out Connor McDavid for the Art Ross Trophy in the final game of the regular season
2. Akito Hirose plays his way into the top four and becomes Filip Hronek’s partner for years to come
3. Nils Höglander will become a 25-goal scorer
4. Quinn Hughes scores 20 goals
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