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#1 JustNazzy

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

Why the Vancouver Canucks may actually be NHL’s most sportsmanlike team


Getty ImagesIt's subtle, but occasionally the Vancouver Canucks and their constituents have been known to traffic in an us-against-the-world mentality when it comes to treatment by NHL officials. They're also a franchise that, once in a while, has been characterized by opposing fan bases as a "dirty" team.
That established, Thomas Drance of Canucks Army offers a surprising observation: The Canucks are actually the NHL's cleanest, most sportsmanlike team this season through one significant measurement.
No, not in penalty minutes: The Canucks (13.0 PIM per game) are the fourth most-penalized team on average in the NHL this season. (Cut to Stephane Auger, sitting in a large chair, petting a white cat, cackling maniacally.)
Rather, the Canucks are one of only eight NHL teams not to have a player suspended by Brendan Shanahan and the Dept. of Player Safety this season: The Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils round out that list entering Tuesday night's play.
Those seven teams, however, share a common thread that the Canucks do not: They've all had players fined this season for various supplemental disciplinary reasons, ranging from slashing to boarding to leaving the bench to partake in a fight (hello, Steve Downie).

Which means the Vancouver Canucks are the only team in the NHL this season, through 79 games, not to have a player fined or suspended.
No Alex Burrows using an opponent's glove like a dog uses Masters tickets. No Aaron Rome-on-Nathan-Horton specials. Not even a momentary lapse in good judgment from Maxim Lapierre.
Furthermore, as suggested by a Canucks Army commenter, Vancouver has also drawn five suspensions and three fines when you factor in the preseason — leading the NHL.
Here's how Drance reads this lack of discipline (or is it a complete mastery of discipline?):


Perhaps the new disciplinary regime was embarrassed by the heavy-handed Aaron Rome suspension, and is making it up to the club by treating them with kids gloves this year? Yeah, probably not.

While the record indicates that the Canucks are the "cleanest team" in the league - I have a tough time buying that. Certainly there's been a couple of incidents that looked like a Canucks skater may have warranted supplemental discipline - Sturm's hit on Petrell in the preseason, Kesler's submarining of Clutterbuck and Daniel's hit on Keith all come to mind. Ultimately, I think we have to call this blind-luck, but it should hopefully give the professional firebrands gearing up for their postseason anti-Canucks rants pause.

It's also an indication that Raffi Torres doesn't play for the Canucks anymore …

The Canucks have a roster that isn't filled with prime supplemental discipline candidates. Torres is gone. So are the other Canucks players there were fined or suspended in the last three seasons: Darcy Hordichuk, Shane O'Brien and the late Rick Rypien (for that incident with a Minnesota Wild fan).
The Canucks have some pains-in-the-asses and a few players that dance along the edge of legality with their hitting. But they don't have a single case of supplemental discipline this season. As Drance writes, there's a "cognitive dissonance between perception and reality" for the Vancouver Canucks and their critics.

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Didn't see it posted so thought I would share...

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#2 TimberWolf

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:09 AM

The Canucks are dirty thing is media fueled garbage and I wouldn't expect that to die down.

I was saying Lu-Urns...

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:11 AM

Zach Kassian? He looks like he is going to kill someone out there.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:12 AM

That's all well and good, but.......

If a player like Marchand is taking punches at one of the Sedins after whistles, and that Sedin, or his teamate doesn't run that pr!ck into the Ice face First I'm going to be super pissed at this team.....

They are a kick a$$ team - But the one flaw I see that they need to improve on is their "don't take $#!+ from no1" attitude.

I don't want them to act like the Bruins at all, but I want them to fight back when a team decides it wants to push us around.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:12 AM

Mhmmm, not news to me.

It's mostly media hype. The Canucks just have a horrible reputation that has been perpetuated in the media.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:16 AM

Zach Kassian? He looks like he is going to kill someone out there.


only when he's with the cancuks. Not when he was with Buffalo
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:17 AM

Hockey is a dirty sport by nature. Seems like we are pretty good at getting away with it this year ;)

But seriously, good job boys on no suspensions or fines.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

Zach Kassian? He looks like he is going to kill someone out there.


That's why we love him :)

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:28 AM

I've noticed that our team will only do something "dirty" as a retaliation. There are a lot of teams who have a few players that will go out on the ice and just do something dirty for the hell of it...

Yet somehow we always get classified just as badly as those teams. It's pretty dumb

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:48 AM

Canucks are dirty and classless! Cause everyone from the media said so! Screw the stats and facts!

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:57 AM

Sportsmanlike is not merely defined by suspensions and fines or the lack of.

Every team has players that have acted unsportsmanlike.

Kesler doing the head butt fake move isn't sportsmanlike and honestly I don't see any other player in the league doing such a move.

If everyone in the media is saying so maybe it's not media making things up?
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:01 AM

Kesler doing the head butt fake move isn't sportsmanlike and honestly I don't see any other player in the league doing such a move.

Kaleta is famous for headbutts. He's been fined and suspended for them on multiple occasions and I've seen him fake headbutt guys even more.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

That's all well and good, but.......

If a player like Marchand is taking punches at one of the Sedins after whistles, and that Sedin, or his teamate doesn't run that pr!ck into the Ice face First I'm going to be super pissed at this team.....

They are a kick a$$ team - But the one flaw I see that they need to improve on is their "don't take $#!+ from no1" attitude.

I don't want them to act like the Bruins at all, but I want them to fight back when a team decides it wants to push us around.


I highly doubt they're going to be pushed around this year.
You have to be a true bandwagoneer if you buy Mike's line about looking for the right deal to trade Luongo.

True fans and hockey diehards know, that is double talk for, "Luongo is a high ticket commodity now or next year, we'll keep him around just in case Schneider turns out to be a lemon and chokes games."

And choke he will.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:24 AM

being sportsmanlike wont get us to the finals

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:27 AM

Kaleta is famous for headbutts. He's been fined and suspended for them on multiple occasions and I've seen him fake headbutt guys even more.

Ouch, being compared or related to Kaleta is never good.

Well at least Kesler doesn't actually head butt other players..... :rolleyes:

Edited by lateralus, 04 April 2012 - 11:29 AM.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:38 AM

I disagree with the Canucks being the most sportsmanlike team. We are somewhere in the middle; definitely not unsportsmanlike or dirty, but definitely not saints. Any fan who says we are the most sportsmanlike is part of the reason everyone hates the Canucks.

Also, the Canuck players are some of the classiest off the ice, but are some of the most pesty players (but not always unclassy) on the ice.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:59 AM

Sportsmanlike is not merely defined by suspensions and fines or the lack of.

Every team has players that have acted unsportsmanlike.

Kesler doing the head butt fake move isn't sportsmanlike and honestly I don't see any other player in the league doing such a move.

If everyone in the media is saying so maybe it's not media making things up?


Media ultimately is accountable to their fanbases - if their fanbases are Hawks, Bruins, or Sharks fans, do you think they'll appreciate any article that speaks highly of a rival franchise?

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:06 PM

I highly doubt they're going to be pushed around this year.


I certainly hope your right.....
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:26 PM

Daniel's hit on Keith all come to mind.


Really?

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:34 PM

They arent 'the most classiest'.

Did we suddenly forget this team have some of the biggest agitators in the league?

Sure I guess if you wear homer glasses and only see the twins/cs.

If you like looking at statistics to determine who's better, you're just a casual fan.

2.41 season GAA isn't very impressive. Let's not get into playoffs and his SV%.

Cory Schneider is the next Patrick Roy.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:54 PM

I'd like to point out that while the Canucks are probably not the most sportsmanlike in the NHL they are not the least.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:27 PM

Yeah we definately arn't the most sportsmalike but at least we arn't out there to hurt people or trying to end careers.....which I believe speaks highly of our boys in an era where respect among players seems to be at an all time low.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:04 PM

THe Canucks do things that any other team would do.

But the extreme, we probably don't go that far.

Benning will be fired next year. Hope he enjoys screwing around for a few months. I just cant believe this. Another injured BC player. We just got rid of garrison. Seems like the canucks and linden just wanted any BC born player. Doesn't matter if hes good or not. We don't need another Linden to get us to game 7 of the Stanley cup and lose. We need someone to win us a cup.

 

5 million a year for Vrbata? 6 million for Miller? Kesler for Bonino and 24th instead of 10th pick or one of their top prospects? Garrison for scraps?

ive already lost faith in JB. Ive never EVER had this bad of a feeling about management.

 





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