Canucks and Habs 2016: False Report


For the sake of sensation, readership, listenership or worse, filling an agenda against a General Manager whom some can’t stand and want fired, there are individuals both in the media and amongst a fan base who will take a rumour and make it sound like a fact. Why? Because it fits their agenda when they have an axe to grind, and/or it makes for good publicity for them.

A typical example of that came out this past week when Elliott Friedman, in his 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, made the following statement:

“There was a chance that the Canucks would get P.K. Subban but the problem was that Pierre-Luc Dubois was not going to fall to Vancouver’s pick, because Montreal knew that Columbus was going to take him. If Montreal believed that Dubois was going to be available at five, P.K. Subban could have been a Vancouver Canucks.”

That’s all Friedman said on the podcast. Well someone, somewhere – including – brought back a Friedman article from June 24, 2016 and presented it as current. In the translation, they insinuate that Marc Bergevin declined an offer from Canucks’ GM Jim Benning which would have included Bo Horvat, Chris Tanev and the fifth overall pick for Subban. It didn’t take more for the vultures to take this false news and run with it and unfortunately, because they presented it as facts, people believed it.


However, as few reporters do in today’s day and age, someone by the name of Jeff Veillemette went straight to the source and pulled out Friedman’s 2016 30 Thoughts.

You see the difference? There is no way that Benning would be crazy enough to offer that package for Subban and Bergevin being stupid enough to decline it. If anything, it might be what the Canadiens were asking the Canucks for Subban, had Dubois fallen to number five overall… but I’m convinced that Vancouver wouldn’t have done it.

The morale of the story is that before jumping to conclusions, get to the source folks and beware of those who have a #FireBergevin hashtag in their tweets. Chances are that they will believe anything and everything, even twisting things to make them fit their agenda, and they will present them as facts. Now if someone brings this up again, you can point them to this article. Go Habs Go!


Race for the Conn Smythe 2011

Getting to the Stanley Cup finals takes a team effort and the contribution from everyone, playing the role that’s expected from them. Some clutch goals, some key saves and a little luck are needed in order to make it that far and to raise the precious trophy over your head. But every year, you find a player who rises above the group, someone who takes his team on his shoulders and leads them to victory.

This year however, one would be hard pressed to point to one single player for the entire series and that, for both the Bruins and the Canucks. On Boston’s side, Nathan Horton was an early favourite but when you look at the scoring leaders (prior to game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals), David Krejci finds himself ahead of Horton. And in spite of his ups and downs in those playoffs, one cannot ignore Tim Thomas’ statistics.

On the Vancouver Canucks’ side, it’s even harder to choose one individual who stood above everyone else for the entire series and this speaks highly of the debt and quality this team possesses. Ryan Kesler won the heart of everyone early on and was declared by many as the top candidate. Others, more recently, are talking about Alex Burrows as a potential candidate. Yet, Daniel Sedin his ahead of Burrows and finds himself only one point back of Kesler. And that would be ignoring that in spite of a slow start to the series, his brother Henrik is leading the NHL playoffs’ scoring race! And what about Roberto Luongo, whose stats are on par with Thomas?

Want to predict who will be the playoffs’ MVP, taking the Conn Smythe Trophy? Take out your crystal ball folks; it’s going to be a tight race to the end!

En français: Course pour le Conn Smythe 2011