Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Marc Chouinard not fitting in

Last night, Marc Chouinard was a healthy scratch for the fourth time this season. As good as Chouinard is playing defensively, he isn't producing enough offence, which is the typical Canucks' story so far. In 17 games with the Canucks, Chouinard only has 4 shots and 1 assist. He is only getting 9:19 average ice time per game. He is frustrated.

"When I came to this city I certainly had ideas and plans and I thought of ways it was going to go," Chouinard said. "Sometimes it just doesn't go the way you thought it would.
"But that's the thing about being a pro -- you get some ups and some downs and you just have to roll with it."

Coach Alain Vigneault is not overly impressed with him.
"I didn't know him that much before this year," Vigneault said. "Right now, there are other guys playing better than he is. Players have to find a way to get noticed. They are supposed to sell something. You have to bring something to the table.
"We, the coaching staff, feel 12 guys are playing better than he is."

I will admit, Chouinard is an excellent penalty killer. But I have to agree with Vigneault generally. Also, Chouinard looks slow out there. The scoring chances he does get he doesn't finish. He is offensively inadequate. This is not the Marc Chouinard of last year.

For more on this story, check out the online Province.


At November 29, 2006 at 4:55 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...those 4 goals would like double (triple?) the canucks output in the last two weeks alone. GET HIM IN THERE IMMEDIATELY! :)

Or not. A guy can dream...

At November 29, 2006 at 4:56 p.m. , Anonymous mike said...

blogger didn't want to associate me with those comments. but that cynical tone must be from me!

At November 29, 2006 at 5:17 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

The contrast between that clip and what we are seeing from Chouinard this year is amazingly huge.
Maybe I should start a Chouinard suckometer as well...take some pressure of Bulis!

At November 29, 2006 at 7:06 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

A "Sami Salo Suck-o-meter" is something to consider also. Hell, it's a nifty bit of alliteration, if nothing else!

Salo was completely invisible last night, and has been for several games now. He can't hit, can't score, can't play defense...


At November 30, 2006 at 10:41 a.m. , Anonymous Mike said...

You just need a plain SUCK meter that can accommodate multiple players at a time. Bulis never has to leave, but you can swap guys in and out when necessary. Sort of like a race to see who can suck more. My money is that Sabourin can give Bulis a good run for the title.

At November 30, 2006 at 12:07 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Lol! No kidding! I'll see what I can do!


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