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Bill F-ing Murray

Missing: Canucks and big hits

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I remember when hammer came here and his hip check was devastating. Ohlund had the bigguns too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Trurad3pE

This year I don't see the hits that make the other team think twice about entering our zone, playing with there head down or even hesitating on dump in's. Maybe i have a case of refereeitis and I am apparently blind.

Please enlighten me if I am wrong in the fact that our team looks like they finish their checks but at a reduced effort then what we have seen in previous canuck teams.

I see this:

and think it might only be the fact that the lock out hasn't ironed out the kinks yet.

interesting note:

Lappy has been in the top 35(2013) (11-2012) (26-2010) and the number of hits for the last 3 years is a total of 483

No other canuck in the top 40 in each of those years.

In my opinion we need a stronger forward that can also score.... they are in short supply and well saying what we need and acquiring them are 6 different things.

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The Hammer started getting called for low hits and clipping, he had to stop before he got suspended.

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The Hammer started getting called for low hits and clipping, he had to stop before he got suspended.

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He got called for "tripping" Chris Stewart without even bending over. Most ridiculous call I've seen in a long time.

Only explanation is that the refs have been instructed to call hip checks, and Hamhuis was one of the targets. Because the ref obviously didn't really see the hit, but called it based on reputation.

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Ballard used to be the king of hip checks. But the main reason for lack of hitting I find is the reffing. I don't even think they know what's legal and what isn't anymore.

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I'll admit, seeing people like Tanev get smoked by huge hits wouldn't hurt so much if we laid some on other people from time to time. I think that Tootoo's hit is what did us in in that game, after Kassian took that penalty, we wern't the same.

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I hate to say it, but I believe the NHL is going the way of the NBA/basketball where hard contact will be completely eliminated, and where the so-called pick and roll will be allowed...we're going to go from being a contact sport to one where the only incidental contact that is going to be allowed is where you establish a stationary position to block someone out. It's going to be like watching old-timers hockey.

I'm convinced the NHL is taking NFL's lead in their fear of litigation from retired players for post career issues (primarily undiagnosed/misdiagnosed head injuries; if that is allowed, the legal system would allow for lawsuits related to knee, shoulder, hip and all other debilitating injuries) and are making these adjustments on the fly.

So, the days of clean open ice body checks and classic hip checks are a thing of the past.

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We do miss Raffi Torres the human missile in this regard.

Hell, even big and fast Vic Oreskovich laid the odd guy out during our little run there.

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He got scared of shanny and now he doesn't hit at all...still effective but not as physical

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Hammer got hurt in the finals in game 1- I think. Pretty sure this is why we don't see him make so many big hits. Risk of injury is too high.

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in a shortened and condensed season staying healthy is paramount, if you lose players to injury you're screwed and will miss the playoffs. the more physical your team plays the more its going to wear on the players and ultimatley cost you. our history with it aint that great either. hamhuis tryed to hip check lucic in the finals and got hurt and then boston ran away with it. vancovuer currently sits 13th in team hits, so middle of the pack. which is just fine. of the top 10 teams for team hits 8 currently do not sit in a playoff spot. the two that do are toronto, who sit first, and ottawa, who rank 7th for hits. and guess who sits dead last in team hits? with 275 fewer than toronto?.... Chicago. so i trust the canucks will ramp it up come playoff time, when they're not playing 7 games in 12 nights.

http://www.nhl.com/i...e=realTimeStats

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The highlight reel hits seem to result I an injury one way or the other every time now.

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Raffi Torres, Zac Rinaldo, Jordin Tootoo - Any one of these guys would be a glorious addition to the Canucks roster.

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Canucks hit like no other in the playoffs. Raffi gone hurts, but still, this team is loaded with guys who can lay the opposition out. As long as we keep winning, and we bring it in the playoffs, it's all good.

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Funny, how in 10-11 we had one of the least physical teams around and yet last year we have greatly improved physicality and only won one playoff game. Just because of one series everyone is all like "this team isn't tough enough" when in reality we need skill more than toughness.. I'd rather have four scoring lines than 2 lines of scoring and 2 grinding lines.

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