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To some, it seems like Alain Vigneault’s Canucks are going through the pre-season for no purpose other than to put in time, rather than to actually identify the season’s best lineup.  No doubt, there’s a method to the madness, but it’s sometimes easy to believe the final roster has been long-decided, and that tryouts and rookies are simply participating in a well-publicized NHL-Ice exercise program.

Tony Gallagher referenced this in terms related to Cody Hodgson last week, but this week expands his concerns, seemingly embracing the idea that the entire Vancouver preseason is more of a shell-game intended to get the team off to a faster start than in the past, without much hope for any newbies to the club.

Granted they can say they gave these kids, and the long-shot tryout types, a lot of ice time but it really had nothing to do with a realistic NHL look. All they did in the case of the tryouts was put these guys through a tough week and allow them access to the faint hope of keeping their wheezing career hopes alive while keeping the vets on the sidelines for that much longer to shorten their season. And that may have been the right thing to do. But let’s not be deluded into thinking anyone has any better idea now whether anyone, prospects or tryouts, will fit into a real Canucks lineup than they did before last week began.

As a fan-observer, I’m feeling a bit cynical about it, though Gallagher himself goes on to suggest it might help the team come out of the gates quicker in October, than in years past. 

I can’t see the logic of his reasoning there, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.


Police in Ontario have laid charges in the infamous banana-toss of last week.  Their angle (and I imagine it’s a long-shot) is to prosecute based on ‘trespassing’ statutes… ultimately, a glorified littering charge, from the looks of it.

But I don’t think angry hockey fans need to despair much.  Consider this: As of this morning, 732 articles had been indexed on Google about charges against Chris Moorhouse. Wonder if he still thinks that banana toss was a good idea?

Justice for something like this is a complicated thing, and probably elusive in the sense that nothing can really atone for such appalling behavior and attitudes in our hockey family. 

But still, I imagine it’s not a lot of fun being Mr. Moorhouse right now.

And—assuming he’s the guilty one—I’m just fine with that.


In other embarrassing hockey fan news involving yet another police department...

The VPD has served warrants on numerous major media outlets in Vancouver and beyond, seeking more footage of the rioters, and are now beginning the process of laying charges:

The move on media outlets comes on the same day investigators announced that they’re in the process of laying dozens of charges over the riots.

Police did not reveal what the charges were or how many people were involved. But Yeo said investigators plan to deliver 40 charges to the Crown by Oct. 31, “and more charges will continue to flow in the weeks and months to follow.”

Yeo also said police are reviewing more than 1,600 hours of video captured during the riots, and are working with forensic analysts from across North America and the United Kingdom.

I’m not sure why an international team of forensic analysts is necessary in a case like this where there seems to be more evidence than anyone even knows what to do with, but I’ll keep hoping for the best.

If the VPD gets it right and the guilty parties are ultimately held accountable in the end, then I suppose the means will have served the ends.

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Because there is a difference between seeing a guy walk into a store on the news or Youtube, and using it as evidence.

Plus, they now have the opportunity to go through that tape and get the guys that were rioting, instead of trying to stop, or just standing around.

Its mainly a legal thing so those videos can be used in court ( time stamps, for instance, and making it a time of crime type thing, for example )...and not just to convict folks in the court of public opinion.

I’m OK with it, instead of rushing to judgement, and having cases thrown out.

Before someone says “what about London and how quick they did”?  London is the most viewed city in the world. They have cameras everywhere, and the whole system is set up to be able to use those in court right away.  You could watch a guy start a fire here, break a window there…because the cameras see all, and there are thousands of them.

Posted by vancitydan on 09/28/11 at 08:19 PM ET

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I’m OK with it, instead of rushing to judgement, and having cases thrown out.

I am, too. And you explain it very well.  Ultimately, if justice is served, I’m fine with it.  My knowledge of the criminal justice system is a bit more “law & order” than actual reality. But I can appreciate that real-life is certainly more complicated. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 09/28/11 at 08:25 PM ET

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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