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Reports: Canucks eyeball Ott, might settle for McLeod

Feb 23, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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Claude Lemieux never played for the Vancouver Canucks, but the team might as well use a turtling Lemieux as their third jersey logo at this point.

It appears that Canucks GM Mike Gillis must believe that his current corps of creeps isn’t sufficient because Nick Kypreos reports that they’re eye-balling Dallas Stars pest Steve Ott. In other news, Adrian Dater identifies Cody McLeod as a Plan B if Ott doesn’t work out.

Villaincouver?

As much as the team is defined by the Sedins twins’ brilliance, the Canucks also employ some of the NHL’s most irritating figures. Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre are about as grating as hockey players can get. Aaron Rome bends and breaks the rules. Even less direct offenders like Roberto Luongo and Kevin Bieksa generate significant scorn.

Adding Ott would make this team so despicable in many hockey minds that pun-lovers would need to work overtime. (My submission: Villaincover.)

The Canadian city has been breathlessly described as a northwest treasure, much like Portland or Seattle. Hockey seems to be the one area where things get ugly, though, as the team’s perceived evils keep getting upstaged by their most regrettable fans.*

Added value

Both Ott and McLeod would make the Canucks a tougher team to play against (McLeod already has 154 PIM this season).

Ott would fit in nicely with Burrows in the sense that for all his shenanigans, he’s a heck of a talent. While he lacks Burrows’ finishing touch, Ott’s offensive skills often get overshadowed. Beyond that, he’s notably versatile; as his appearance in HBO 24/7 might remind you, Ott’s a strong faceoff asset.

Kypreos reports that Dallas wants a significant piece for him, though, so we’ll have to see if the Canucks will get another huge injection of obnoxiousness – or a smaller one with McLeod.

* – To be fair, Vancouverites have done a great job of showing that the vast lot are upstanding folks.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Ha, great article! Nice to have someone other than the local Vancouver cheerleader write an article on the Canucks and say what the rest of the hockey world thinks.

    They should get Subban too.

  2. kitshky - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Gee … glad there’s no blatent bias here.

  3. monstercheez - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I’ll give you Burrows, Lapierre and Ott, but calling Rome a dirty player or a serial rulebreaker is a real stretch. The hit on Horton was a bad hit, delivered late. But other than that incident, he’s been a fairly clean, unnoticeable player in a four-year career. Being unnoticeable, unfortunately, cuts both ways.

    • kitshky - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Exactly, no ones saying that those kind of players aren’t agitators but including Rome, Bieksa, and Luongo(?) is just ridiculous.

      • James O'Brien - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        Not saying that Bieksa and Luongo are agitators, just saying that a ton of people don’t like them. Just read a few Twitter streams when Luongo struggles slightly. The glee is over-the-top.

      • kitshky - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        I get what you’re trying to say here but lumping two polarizing figures in with a couple of the leagues more infamous agitators to paint the Vancouver Canucks as being loaded with that type of player seems a lot like you’re grasping at straws trying to make a story out of nothing.

        And if you’re going to lump Rome in with that you better start lumping every other hard nosed honest D man in the league.

        One crushing hit that was (as the NHL itself pointed out) less than two seconds late doesnt make him an irritant, cheap, or even on anyone’s radar in that context.

  4. t16rich - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I understand why people hate Lappierre, but you have to give him credit for doing the one thing his haters accuse him of not doing. Fighting.

  5. kiopta1 - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    The highlander?

  6. dropthepuckeh - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Luongo is a creep which is the same thing – he cries and moans to refs, the press, and probably his teammates. Lapierre has had to “fight” more because the rest of the league is tired of his act and he has been made accountable. This is one of his so called “fights”: http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/105601

    Amazing how quickly the Vancouver apologists come out of the woodwork to make excuses.

  7. kitshky - Feb 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    “Luongo is a creep” … well that statment will give you credibility.

    No one’s apologizing for Lapierre dude, it was just commented that he actually drops the gloves and has 7 fights this season, and for the record Vancouver is 6th in the league right now.

    Amazing how quickly the Vancouver haters come out of the woodwork to try and spin literally everything they can think of to “prove” how terrible and soft a team they are. (Interesting comments by Cherry last Saturday night eh?)

  8. habsman - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Doesn’t James O’Brien also work in the Boston media? Interesting.

  9. taytay099 - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I’m not only a Canucks fan but a fan of alliteration so I’ll give you props for “current corps of creeps.”

    No idea why anyone would dislike Bieksa. He’s always got a good quote or two when he’s interviewed.

  10. craigmaitland - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Haters gonna hate. Canucks are the best team in the West without question.

    Keep reaching leaf fans Kadri and his 7 career goals in 50 games isn’t gonna save you or be worth any trade value for Nash.

  11. thomaspratt - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Ott would be a terrific bottom six player for the Canucks, especially if Bitz hip flexor is going to keep him out of action.As the article mentions, he’s great on draws. He can also play all three forward positions. The problem is fitting him under the cap. He’s signed for two years beyond this season at $2.95 million. I don’t know how he fits.

    • kitshky - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      Ya actually I totally agree, I’d love to see him in the lineup for the playoffs.

      “thomaspratt” …nice one.

  12. andidee15 - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    I’m not sure that I like the idea of McLeod playing on a team in the division. With the addition of Downie, he may have just become expendable, but I don’t think moving him to Vancouver so we can see him 6 times a year is wise.

    However, I’m 99% sure it’s not going to happen. The Avs never let on when they’re about to make a deal. If they change their tune here, I’ll be very, very surprised since I don’t think there’s been even one pre-warning of a trade while Sherman has been the GM.

  13. sjm1717 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Vancouver offering Raymond for Matt Cooke and also interested in kaleta

  14. cableguymike - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Nice article Brad Marchand!

    • cableguymike - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Oh and the Canucks are 6th in the league in fighting majors so you can’t say they aren’t backing up the talk this year. Even Lapierre is consistently dropping them this year. He just sucks at throwing them.

  15. bcousy - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Somebody over at PHT might want to let James O’Brien know that his account has been hacked, likely by Jack Edwards. At least I’m hoping that’s the explanation.

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