Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/2/12
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Gettin it off my chest!

This week, things that bother me about the Canucks and the NHL.

Keith Ballard

Not a fan. At all. He has seven points (sixth among defencemen on the team), 57 PIM (third on the team), +1 (middle of the team) and two danger hip checks per game (leading team. by a lot).

He contributes NOTHING, and every game could potentially be another bad moment when cripples a player and gives the Canucks a bad name.

His hip checks are EXACTLY the kind that Marchand used on Salo, and we know how much Vancouver fans liked that. Time to end the double standard.

Plus, his contract is fat so the sooner we dump him the sooner we have space.

Give him away for a second rounder and then trade someone else and fill the space with a decent defenceman.

The All Star Weekend

I’m sure you’ve already read a thousand rants about why the All-Star break sucks. Well get ready to read another one, because that’s how bad it is. THERE IS NO REASON FOR THIS WEEKEND AT ALL.

First of all, we have the draft. It’s a clever idea, but its fallen flat on its face.

Why?

Because no one actually cares, least of all the players. They don’t seem particularly offended if they’re late picks, if they get passed on for rival players, or if their teamates end up playing against them. It’s all in fun for them. The worst part of the draft is the constant analysis that goes into it.

We need to make the NHL All Star Game matter again.

There is roughly 248 hours of discussion around each pick, with analysts and talking heads pretending that somehow the players acutally put thought into this, instead of just picking their buddies and joking around like a bunch of guys in a Saturday night beer league. T

he most exciting moment of the weekend?

Kane’s clever goal in the shootout contest.

And I hate Patrick Kane so that’s enough of that.

We need to make this weekend matter somehow. I really like baseballs idea where the winner of the All Star game gets home field advantage in the World Series.

Why doesn’t hockey try this approach?

Or just let the players take the week off and practice with their team rather than go through the motions with all of their usual opponents?

CHANGE SOMETHING!

The continuing Sidney Crosby Saga

Actually, I don’t hate this. It brings a lot of awareness to the fact the hockey needs to change its system to prevent its star players from suffering career altering injuries. I’m actually just angry because I’m reminded that I’m missing Crosby playing and doing things on the ice that no other player can.

I miss watching him make INSANE passes through four pairs of skates, for faking out goalies so badly their eyes go different directions, and for being a poster boy for how athletic and incredible hockey is.

Why would we sacrifice that?

Oh wait. Cause hockey is full of goons and stupid rules that allow players to cripple each other. In the interest of my blood pressure, lets move on.

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