It’s another Vancouver Canucks game day in which the club doesn’t hold a morning skate.
This also means it’s another Vancouver Canucks game day, where instead of talking about the lineup, we’re zeroing in on one part of the game that we’d like to talk about.
It’s not What Do You Think Thursday but today, we’re asking for your opinions on this as well.
Will Brad Marchand have to answer the bell for his slew foot on OEL? Should he have to?
Tonight, the Canucks welcome the Boston Bruins to town, marking the first time these two teams face each other since this slew foot on Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
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Marchand was suspended for three games for the above incident.
We’ll answer the above questions first.
The Canucks certainly don’t have a reputation for being a team that makes opponents answer the bell for questionable hits on one of their own.
The last notable time this happened was when Zack MacEwen fought Derek Forbort of the Winnipeg Jets after the Jets defenceman’s frustrations with Nils Höglander resulted in him trying to ragdoll the 5’9 Canucks forward.
The fight between MacEwen and Forbort that ensued resulted in hands down some of the greatest images that were captured around the league last season.
Even Höglander himself was getting into it:
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But with MacEwen no longer employed by the Canucks — they lost him on waivers when the Philadelphia Flyers claimed him earlier this season — the question now becomes: who will make Marchand answer the bell?
And we don’t necessarily mean who will drop the gloves with Marchand, either.
Lining him up for a hard but clean hit would do just fine in most Canucks fans’ books.
We learned as much earlier this season when fans were ready to erect a statue for Tyler Myers after his hit on Duncan Keith in the preseason.
If Myers is the one who holds Marchand responsible for the OEL slew foot, that statue might actually get finished once and for all.
Or will it be captain Bo Horvat taking matters into his own hands? Maybe someone we haven’t yet thought of or seen have that edge to their game?
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Regardless, one thing is for certain.
The slew foot on Ekman-Larsson was dirty, and Brad Marchand is almost certainly going to hear about it from the Canucks, one way or another.
Whether that’s a fight or in another manner remains to be seen.
Puck drop is at 6 PM from Rogers Arena tonight.