30 in 30: Day 15: St. Louis Blues

Sooo. It’s not that I like the Blues a ton. It’s just that some of my favorite players signed there during free agency. I have jokingly said that I’ll probably fall in love with Oshie during the Olympics (if I do, please institutionalize me immediately. I don’t care that he’s from Washington originally. In fact, that probably makes it worse.)

But! Despite that! And despite that they beat the Preds in October at the only game I’ve managed to get to this season… They somehow ended up in 15th place. Very apt, in my mind, considering that was the number my favorite wore when he was with the Canucks. That’s right, my favorite player is…

Derek Roy

He’s so tiny compared to everyone else on the ice at times. There was a comment when he was on the Canucks about how he and Jordan Schroeder brought down the average height of the Canucks by a good 4″. [Source: releasethecracknell]

He’s provided some very amusing moments…

Looks really good shirtless. Really good. [Source: rawrzuhlind]

Does hockey well. (True fact: This was my very first NHL game back in April 2013, Canucks-Preds, in Nashville.  This was also his first goal as a Canuck. Coincidence? … Probably, but lol) [Source: jordanschroeders]

There actually is an explanation and a story – I’ll let you go look at the source though. [Source: bieksler]

 

 

I miss Derek Roy, seriously. I bet Higgins does too. [Source: rawrzuhlind]

Let’s be real though. I’m just here for how freaking adorable he is. [Source: rawrzuhlind]

Honorable Mention: Maxim Lapierre

I have to give a shoutout to the other guy that signed with the Blues from Vancouver. I don’t think anyone will argue that his presence hasn’t been missed in the Canucks’ bottom six this season. [Source: nhlhcky]

All images credited from sources on tumblr. Please let me know if the source is wrong or you require me to remove the image from here.

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Free Agency Day 2 (AKA, Derek Roy, why’d you gotta go and break my heart?)

It was a fairly quiet day for Free Agency. The Canucks gained former Florida Panther Mike Santorelli. For those unaware of who he was (like I was!), his best career numbers came when he was alongside David Booth. Here’s hoping the Canucks reunite the pair and magic happens.

We lost Andrew Gordon to the Jets – heartbreak number one. I didn’t have any real attachment to the kid, except for his name (both Andrew and Gordon are family names for me). I wish him luck in the future.

HOWEVER. THEN. Derek Roy had to go and shatter me. They stole Lappy from us yesterday, and now Derek Roy goes to the St. Louis Blues… They’re gonna take MayRay, too, aren’t they? That’s going to be tomorrow’s news. A three-day attack on my heart, brought to you by the team that contains TJ Oshie. They’ll never be able to be disinfected.

Disclaimer: I’m sure Oshie is a perfectly nice guy. I just don’t like him. Sorry, dude.

I know, I know. I said just a few days ago that Derek Roy was no great loss to the Canucks. This is true. And I would have been fine if he had signed… Oh, just about anywhere else. (Including the Wild! Go be with Parise!) In fact, I was thrilled yesterday when rumor was that Roy and the Ducks were in negotiation. If you can’t be a Canuck, be something that rhymes with it, right?

I do wish him all the best – make some money, Roy. one-year, $4 million? I guess that works. But at the end of that year, please, please go somewhere that doesn’t make me want to cry? And take Lappy with you.

 

Unrelated: The stuff coming out about Seguin. If it’s true, that partying too hard is a problem with him, I hope he gets help. I hope Dallas is a good fit, and that he can find a positive role model there. But most of all, I don’t want to see him burn out. He’s a talented player and just a kid, really. No one deserves to go through an addiction.

Free Agency (In which I cry over Mason Raymond & the Canucks in general)

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Mason Raymond. Derek Roy. Maxim Lapierre. What do these three have in common besides being on the Vancouver Canucks? All UFAs this year and all most likely not to be signed by Vancouver. Of the three, Lappy is most likely to be back, from what I’ve picked up around the web.

Of the three, the one I’ll miss the most is Mason Raymond. He was the player whose story intrigued me enough to start watching hockey and he quickly became my favorite. This past season he continued to endear himself to me and the RSH line (Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen) blew me out of the water. I think that given a little more time, the “speed” line would have been hard to contain by other teams.

My dream placement – should the Canucks not blow me out of the water and re-sign him after all – is Nashville. Can you imagine a healthy Colin Wilson and MayRay on a line? All my dreams coming true.

The acquisition of Derek Roy made me pause for all of about 30 seconds before his grin got to me. Shortly after that I became a fan of his skating style – so sue me, I saw the pretty smile and eyes first. I was fortunate enough to see his first goal as a Canuck against Nashville (in Nashville at my very first live hockey game) and may have screamed my lungs out while surrounded by Predators’ fans. Losing him will not only make the average height of the Canucks go back up (slightly offset by Jordan Schroeder – herein after known as The Brat for Reasons) but will decrease the amount of pretty on the team. Chris Higgins’ abs will have a lot to live up to. But on that, if the largest worry is who is going to provide devastating smiles during interviews… The Canucks are most likely doing the right thing in not re-signing him.

Lappy, however. It will piss me off if they do not do something about Lapierre. He gels with the team and more than that, I believe they need him to anchor the forth line. Come on, Canucks. You’ll give a contract to Tom Sestito, but not Maxim Lapierre? That makes no sense to me.

 

 

(Next time on Ash on Ice – Luongo #1/Schneider trade thoughts, Coach Swap: Rangers & Canucks opinion, & whatever other breaking news catches my attention.)