Wednesday, August 06, 2008

My 10 least favorite Canucks since 1994

This list is not pretty and I'm sure most of you will disagree with a lot of my picks. But I'm just being honest here.
It's no secret that I was mostly a Leafs fan from about 1977 until 2006. But I still watched any Canucks game that I could and was somewhat of a fan. Even if it was just watching the late night highlights with John McKeachie on a school night while my parents were in bed (we never had cable).
So the following is a pull-no-punches list.

10. Kirk McLean. Oh, he was great in 94. He was great in 93. But I still cringe when I watch highlights (mostly) of the mid-90's (when the team really stunk) when players exposed his useless, out-of-date stand up style. But hey..he was great in '94.

9. Fedor Fedorov. Oh yeah! We got ourselves Sergei's brother! Oh shit he's gonna score a shitload of....oh wait a minute....Fedor's a fraud.

8. Jan Bulis. I've bashed this guy plenty in the past. I'll say no more.

7. Dana Murzyn. Mean and nasty when he clobbered guys. But he was just a big oaf otherwise. Just didn't like him and I thought he spent too many years in Van.

6. Jan Hlavac. Gutless....oh...and gutless. Sorry Jan.

5. Ed Jovanovski. Strange, I liked him better when he started out in Florida. Maybe that's because I didn't see him play a lot. For some of his brilliant moments he sure had plenty of brain farts. Another defensive liability. C'mon admit it, how many times did you curse Jovo at the game or watching him on TV? You can't count them curses can you?

4. Bryan McCabe. Only spent 2 season in Vancouver. And that was two-too-many for this defensively-handicapped dude.

3. Jyrki Lumme I'm picking on the D-men a lot. Jyrki could run a power play really well. But he was a buffoon when he screwed up. Got caught up the ice too much. Plus I didn't like the way he looked. Kind of a cross between a Fin and a gecko.

2. Markus Naslund. Oh sure, I liked his skills. He's on top of the Canucks' All-time scoring list. But that doesn't really appeal to me all that much. How does 1 game winning goal in 45 playoff games with the Canucks sound? Like the sound of a flushing toilet. Same noise applies to his 4 goals and 5 points in 12 playoff games 2 seasons ago. Yeah, way to step it up Captain! And then he bails out of town to join the Rangers to have a chance to win a Cup? Hey man, we could have gone further in the playoffs had you, for one, stepped it up!
Not going to miss him one bit. Glad we're moving on from him.
One point that I admired him? When he told the crowd that the team "screwed up" after the last game of the season a few years back when the Canucks missed first spot in the Northwest. That was ballsy.

1. Todd Bertuzzi. Unpredictable. Cranky. Took penalties at inappropriate times. Pouty. Sure liked him when he drove hard to the net in his prime though. But that was one short-lived prime. Not very Optimus-like. Remember his post-game interviews? The guy had the personality of a turd sandwich.

So there you have it. Two-thirds of the West Coast Express make my top 2 worst. Oh yeah, those guys were marketable and had regular season success, but can you imagine if they had the heart and class of a Trevor Linden?

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At August 6, 2008 at 3:36 a.m. , Blogger The Puck Stops Here said...

Mark Messier didn't make your list?

At August 6, 2008 at 9:22 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Sami Salo is on my list at number ten. Sergio Momesso is on there too, as we nicknamed him "butterfingers" for having such brutal hands.

Vladimir Krutov has to top my list though, with Messier being a close second.

Honourable mentions for me could include Nedved, Barry Pederson (came over in the Cam Neely trade), and Jarkko "shi'ite for brains" Ruutu.

At August 6, 2008 at 9:27 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

TPSH- Nope. I was in favor of the Messier signing and am actually a Messier fan, even if his tenure in Vancouver was mostly not-stellar.

Jin: Wasn't Krutov before 1994?
Same with Nedved? At least Momesso was a beast and had a tough work ethic.
Ruutu entertained the shiz outta me. But yes, he was a bonehead.

At August 6, 2008 at 9:27 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

And surely I could find a place for Felix Potvin on my list as well :-) Hehehe!

26-30-10 with a GAA around 2.8 and a sv% of .890 in two pathetic half-seasons with the Canucks...

Definitely list-worthy!

At August 6, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Ahhh, my bad. I jumped the gun and ignored your "after 1994" part. Yeah, I'm a dumbass.

Gads, there are a lot of shitbags to choose from during those Messier/Keenan years.

At August 6, 2008 at 10:10 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

See that's where I disagree. I liked some of the guys Keenan brought in. They'll be on my top 10 favorite list.
I just can't bring myself to hating "The Cat." Even if his career dwindled here. He was so damned good for the Leafs though!
Vancouver was a goalie graveyard in the mid-late 90's. But the players in front of the goalies were not all that impressive either!

Hey, you should post your own list on here Temujin.. I'm curious.

At August 6, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Oh yeah, and special mention goes to Vadim "I shot the" Sharifjanov!

At August 6, 2008 at 12:51 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

From 1994 - 2008, my most irksome Canucks

#10 - Sami Salo
Always hurt, never hits, offensive inconsistency

#9 Peter Schaefer
The short-handed monster. Highly-touted but never developed into the sniper/scorer I had hoped. Look at his WHL stats compared to 2.5 seasons with Canucks. Yergh.

#8 Artem Chubarov.
Didn't this guy score the championship-winning goal for Russia at the WJHC? Never materialized and played his best hockey in a Russian uniform.

#7 Fedor Federov
Yeah Sean, I'm with you on this one. What a shitball. Great in NHL 2006 though!

#6 Ed Jovanovski
The longer he stayed a Canuck, the more I disliked him. And can you say: Injury Prone?

#5 Marek Malik
I'm picking on D-men too. This guy is 6'5", 230 pounds, and stood there like a damn ENT in Lord of the Rings! Hit someone ya Czech freak!

#4 Jarkko Ruutu
Terrible hands. Terrible penalties. A complete liability despite what people say. He was more of a pest to the Canucks than the opposition.

#3 Sergio Momesso.
The worst part of that great trade with St Louis in 1994. May have been a beast but he was a ghastly player, imo!

#2 Kevin Weekes
Okay, so I lied. There is a goalie I hate worse than Potvin. Kevin Weekes was the "goalie of the future", but pretty much exemplified the goalie graveyard that was Vancouver.

#1 Shitball Buttmuch
"He who shall not be named"
Epic Fail

At August 6, 2008 at 12:53 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I decided to post it here so as not to bump your post, btw.

At August 6, 2008 at 1:59 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

I don't care about my posts getting bumped. Copy and paste it over if you want!

"He who shall not be named" can't be an epic fail if he doesn't play here! haha

Not a bad Top 10. I am suprised Kevin Weekes was so high on your list.

At August 6, 2008 at 2:14 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Maybe #2 is a little high.

The worst part about Weekes was that when he got traded to Long Island, the talk was all about how we had given up on him and not given him opportunity to prove himself. We traded him (as I recall, Keenan traded him!) to the Isles for... guess who???

Felix Potvin, ta da! See how I did that? I totally added Potvin to the mix.

Look at the his overall NHL stats. Just a complete bust and I'm ashamed that he even wore a Canuck jersey, heh!

At August 6, 2008 at 2:17 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

If you could shave off the Final 6-8 years of Potvin's NHL career he would have looked impressive.
But he was one of those goalies that went down early....often...and got beat a ton up top.

At August 6, 2008 at 2:28 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...


At August 6, 2008 at 4:15 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

I just vomited reading this :)

Can't wait to see the clowns that make your favorite top ten! Is wellwood on there already??

At August 6, 2008 at 4:25 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Maybe..... :)


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