It’s been a big week for the Vancouver Canucks, and what better way to recap it than through the best tweets?
The big news of course was the inauguration party of Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen as full-time NHL players. Fortunately, the Canucks were able to capture the moment for their fans which is a pretty cool idea.
Not such a cool idea? Adding inspirational music.
Sometimes, subtlety is the key to good comedy. Just ask the British.
Regardless of how it was presented, it’s great to be able to experience some of what transpires off the ice.
But without further ado, here are some Sweet Tweets.
1. Jared minds his manners
Jarred McCann just held the door for and kept holding it as a ton of media members left Rogers Arena. I like this guy.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 3, 2015
What a guy. Then again, he did spell Jared incorrectly so he may have been talking about “Jarred McCann” the intern.
I have to admit that after all of the comparisons were made after the trade that landed McCann (his draft pick), one of my biggest fears regarding McCann’s future is that he is going to become Ryan Kesler.
You’d think McCann reaching Kesler-like potential would be a good thing. But to me, it goes much deeper than that.
You see, as good as Kesler was for the Canucks during their most prominent years of success, there was always something selfish about him. I don’t mean that he isn’t a good person. I just mean that his career ambitions don’t exactly align with being on a team.
Of course, I am writing this with the benefit of hindsight and no one could have predicted that Kesler would have so unceremoniously bailed on the sinking-ship that was the Canucks following the 2013-14 season.
It’s one thing to want to win a Stanley Cup. It’s another to give up on a situation after one misstep. Say what you will about Kevin Bieksa and his one-ice contributions. The guy was loyal to the end and that’s why Kesler will be remembered negatively in Vancouver.
McCann is a lot like Kesler in a lot of ways. He is driven to win and driven to be a better player. He shows up and competes like it’s the last game of his life. You also get the sense that McCann, as he grows up and matures into the player that every Canucks fans hopes he can be, could become a bit of a surly presence.
That’s why this tweet from Brady Trettenero is so fascinating to me. When have you heard of an NHL player holding the door open for the media? I just can’t seen Kesler doing anything like that. Even when he was a rookie back in the early 21st century.
Then again, I don’t remember a lot about 2003-04 other than trying to floss some gunk out of my braces.
2. Spizza Break
Sbisa seen in a walking boot at Rogers Arena…
— Dave Tomlinson (@DTSN1040) November 2, 2015
You never want to see a player get hurt. Well, unless you are a terrible person and get a kick out of every sports network in Canada running a memorial for a player that suffered a broken clavicle.
I’m not going to mention who I am talking about…
But it will be interesting to see how Vancouver fares without Sbisa who, despite improving immensely this season *COUGH HUTTON COUGH* (excuse me…), has still experienced some of the brain farts that have made him one of the more maligned Canucks on the roster.
At the very least, Spizza out of the lineup means that Yannick Weber and, by extension the power play, is safe for now.
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) November 1, 2015
Ruthless is the only way I can describe what the Canucks did to both Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen to announce that they have made the team.
It’s a sensitive time for a rookie knowing that any mistake could be their last before getting shipped back to junior. So to have your coach rip into you, followed by your own teammates discussing how disappointed they are with your play, must have been traumatizing.
"All the guys were yelling at us, Burr was giving it to us good. We went from feeling low to great in a second!" – Virtanen #Canucks
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 1, 2015
"They were ripping me so hard, I almost started to cry. Then Horvat said we made the team. It was a special moment" – McCann #Canucks
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 1, 2015
A hockey player will break every bone in his body and will take a slap shot to the face without flinching. But to have your team and coach destroy your self esteem for five minutes?
Bring on the tears.
Or this theory:
Part of me thinks Willie wasn't ribbing the rookies, he was super serious and Bo Horvat just decided to make a call on them making the team
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) November 5, 2015
I’m just glad Virtanen is going to be around longer to deliver more of these gems:
on Jumbotron Mo-vember feature in 2nd intermission, #Canucks Virtanen called his 'stache a 'dirt squirrel'
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) November 5, 2015
I’m so using “dirt squirrel” next time I see a terrible moustache.
4. To Do List
@Jake_Virtanen murder list= 1.keith 2.brown 3.keith agian 4.brown again
— sleep doctor (@sleepdoctor92) November 1, 2015
Haha just joking Jake.
But not really…
You see, there is an ounce of truth to this tweet and it’s probably one of the reasons that Jake Virtanen is currently an NHL player as opposed to playing for the Calgary Hitmen waiting for the World Junior Championships to start.
For years now, the Vancouver Canucks have been the victims of some of the dirtiest players in the Western Conference (Dustin Brown and Duncan Keith). And until now, there has been no response.
Sure, Tom Sestito and Zack Kassian may have provided some intimidation that temporarily prevented anything else from happening. But that was never going to last as both of those players couldn’t stay in the lineup long enough to make an impact.
Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins have Virtanen on this team to provide a physical element that goes beyond a staged fight.
They have Brandon Prust for that.
Virtanen is here to make his physical impact within the confines of the game. Do you really think that Duncan Keith or Dustin Brown will be focused on taking out a Sedin when he has Jake bearing down on him every other shift? Or even pulling his usual crap knowing full well that there is a raging bull on the opposite bench taking numbers of anyone that does?
I don’t think so.
Also, Jake Virtanen would have become a legend had he favourited/liked that tweet.
5. Nailed it:
No stars, all heart.
New Twitter is last year's Calgary Flames.
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) November 3, 2015
I got nothing.