Ryan Kesler

Vancouver columnist calls out excessive Canucks coverage in column about Canucks


When Canucks forward Ryan Kesler responded to his coach’s mild criticism with a snippy retort, we pounced on the “story” like any respectable traffic-hungry blog. It wasn’t because we love to stir the pot. It’s because you jackals out there in internet land are always clicking on that sort of stuff. That’s right – it’s YOUR fault we peddle controversy.


At least one veteran Vancouver newspaper columnist is sick and tired of the media sensationalizing every Canucks sound bite.

Writes Ed Willes of The Province:

Look, we understand we’re contributing to that cycle by reacting to a reaction. But this isn’t about Kesler and [Alain] Vigneault so much as it’s about this market and the way the Canucks are covered.

The issue, of course, isn’t quantity. The issue is the coverage is a mile wide and an inch deep.

There are any number of reasons for that and we don’t have the space to explore them all. But whatever used to pass for a thoughtful discourse on the team and the league has been replaced by an immature, knee-jerk reaction to anything that occurs outside the carefully managed team bubble.

Willes is clearly calling out the media. However, he also seems to be blaming the Canucks organization for protecting/coaching their players to the point that the media can only make mountains out of molehills…because molehills are all the media’s being given.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre isn’t quite ready to take the blame for running with the Kesler quote.

There were many things Kesler could have said when Vigneault’s moderate observation was relayed to him. But by reacting the way he did, defensively, churlishly, Kesler turned the issue into something more. That wasn’t the media’s fault; it was the player’s.

MacIntyre added later in the column:

We’re not sure what Kesler thought about it Tuesday because after being unavailable to the media in the morning, when the Canucks changed their media-access policy, the assistant captain also failed to show for reporters in the first 15 minutes post-game, before deadlines called many of the wretches away.

And that wasn’t passive aggressive at all.

Anyway, Kesler went pointless for the third straight game last night in the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Kings. Probably because he hates his coach.

Video: Mike Fisher ends Nashville’s nasty goal drought

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No, the Nashville Predators did not forget how to score goals … or at least they were lifted from that amnesia on Wednesday.

Mike Fisher lifted the curse 13:52 into the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch that rare beast in the video above.

They had been shut out for three straight games and pretty close to four in pure game time.

On this subject, PHT’s Jason Brough asked Predators GM David Poile if he was considering moving a defenseman to improve in another area earlier today.

Struggling Sabre Tyler Ennis out with upper-body injury

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Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.

Perhaps some of that has to do with health?

Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.

“I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”

He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

Here are the handy links for the two contests.

First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.


Braun out with upper-body injury; Zubrus to make Sharks debut

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The San Jose Sharks will be missing a top-4 defenseman tonight when they host the defending champs from Chicago.

Justin Braun has an upper-body injury. His status is considered day-to-day.

“Brauny has been one of our unsung heroes here through the first quarter of the season,” coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “He’s played some outstanding hockey. So, we’re going to miss him, but it’s a great opportunity for Mueller and Tennyson and one of these guys to establish themselves. It’s a great opportunity for us to reward Dillon for how well he’s played.”

Against the Blackhawks, Brenden Dillon will take Braun’s spot on the top pairing alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Paul Martin and Brent Burns will stay together on the second pairing; and 20-year-old Mirco Mueller will skate with Matt Tennyson.

Mueller has played just four games for the Sharks this season. In his last game, Thursday in Philadelphia, he received only 9:13 of ice time.

Also tonight, new Shark forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to debut on the fourth line.

Related: Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer