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Ep 38: Health and Safety Report (2018/10/14)

This week in anguish: - Are you serious? Even when we brace for the worst, it's worse than we could imagine. - Ardella unearths some very upsetting statistics about concussions and career longevity. - We both grapple with the idea and the practicalities of pushback, from facewashing to McSorleying and everything in between. - We're baffled by Green's blasé demeanour, unsurprised by the disconnect between stated plan and on-ice product, and a bit incensed at Bo's claims of "momentum"...


Ep 37: Kid Dynamite (2018/10/08)

This week in anguish: - Breaking news! Elias Pettersson is a sensational hockey player and a pretty darn cool human being. You heard it here also, folks. - Erik Gudbranson followed the hockey code to a T, and we hated every minute of it. We go on a winding journey through hockey violence with stops at Rick Rypien, Brian Burke, and *blech* Brad Marchand. - We check in with the Belfast Giants, celebrate Patrick Dwyer's attempted pants goal, and make the podcast's most tenuous Canuck...


Ep 36: Bloom Year (2018/09/30)

This week in anguish: - We chew over a pretty disheartening preseason. When will the young guns force themselves onto the team? Will they have more of a chance to next year? - We wholeheartedly support the t-shirt cannon arms race, and are pretty OK with the Viking clap. Now, if we could just fix the fin... #fixthefin - The fact that Elias doesn't rip you out of your seat every time he touches the puck causes Ardella to rethink her memories of Pavel's rookie season Thanks for...


Ep 35: Worstward Ho (2018/09/03)

This week in anguish: - Look, we weren't the biggest fans of President Trevor Linden, but we didn't necessarily want him gone, and we certainly didn't want him gone like this. - We get excited and afraid for the dawning of the age of Elias, we still can't believe all those four year deals, and we wonder who the next fittest Canuck will be. - Ian Clark is in (good), Rick Celebrini is out (fine), and Botchford might maybe, possibly be taking his talents to Toronto (not OK). - A brief...


Ep 34: The Fan Experience (2018/07/12)

This week in anguish: - We reminisce about the brief, glorious moment when it seemed like the Canucks' front office and their fans were on the same page. - Quintin shows us that, at least for one game, having a reputation for speediness is just as good as having actual speediness. - We unveil our seven point manifesto to improve the fan experience at Rogers Arena. It involves some remedial marine biology, a healthy dose of jock jams, and a t-shirt cannon arms race. This Week in Anguish...


Ep 33 1/3: We're Both in It, Now (2018/06/24)

This week in anguish: - Good things come in small packages as we revel in the helter-skelter first round that saw the Canucks land Quinton Hughes. - The Winnipeg Jett is your newest Vancouver Canuck, and all we have to say is, "Woo!" - Tyler Madden is a human being, a human being with traits. What are those traits? No one knows! - A warm Vancouver welcome to the "others" category of the Canucks 2018 draft class. Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, tell a friend. You can leave...


Ep 33: For the Record (2018/06/21)

This week in anguish: - After some pretty intense cyber-stalking, Ardella and Tristan put their cards on the table and say who they would select if the Canucks had their pick of the everybody-but-Rasmus-and-Andrei litter at tomorrow's entry draft.


Ep 32: The Soundtrack of Our Tragic Lives (2018/06/10)

This week in anguish: - We remember the dulcet tones and pitch-perfect, Canuckian demeanour of John Ashbridge - We really, really don't want to trade the 7th overall pick (and other things) for Ryan O'Reilly - We really, really don't want to trade the 7th overall pick for Noah Hanifin - We maybe, possibly want to trade the 7th overall pick for more picks - K'Andre Miller's sinister grip strength, and more minutiae from the Combine floor Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, tell...


Ep 31: The Problem is "Current" (2018/05/29)

This week in anguish: - Tristan, having been mistaken for someone more valuable, is invited into the dressing room for a "Season Ticket Member Hot Stove" and gets to ask Jim Benning one big shiny question. - Ardella protects Oliver Wahlstrom from the spins and ramas of outrageous online comments. - How did we not know about Young Henrik's year of solitude? This and more on "How did I not know that?" Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, tell a friend. You can leave us a rating...


Ep 30: Goes Without Saying, But... (2018/05/13)

This week in anguish: - We learn that teams who will pick the 217 "best players available" at the draft show up with a ranked list of the best...100 or so? Wait, what!? - Another round of will they or won't they (and will they even be able to) with Wahlstrom, Hughes, and friends. - We grapple with the fact that it takes Barb Underhill to dismantle and rebuild a player's skating to improve it, but we still expect players to improve their shots by firing buckets of pucks against the garage...


Ep 29: The Twenty Musketeers (2018/04/29)

This week in anguish: - Purging the Dahlin dream from our minds, and getting reacquainted with the late-April slide. - Benning wants North American hearts. Our beloved Swedish Canadian hockey team is getting more American every year. Does any of this matter? - Gino Odjick gets us thinking about violence, toughness, and team-ness. - Ardella searches her inner feelings for what she knows to be true, and finds that she really would spare the Bruins to spoil the Leafs' season. Thanks for...


Ep 28: Come Back Better (2018/04/15)

This week in anguish: - Tristan imagines yet more medical malpractice, while Ardella prescribes patience and equanimity. - It's taken four full seasons for the Canucks to develop "kind of an identity". At the moment, that identity is "kind of definitely not having the Sedins anymore." - Hoping for Hutton's sake that Coach Green made time for a Snickers before their postseason meeting. - Buying our way out of blue line hell? Re-mortgaging Kevin Connauton for dollars on the penny? Welcome...


Ep 27: This Week in Gratitude (2018/04/08)

This week in anguish: - We spend pretty much the whole episode coming to grips with the end of the Sedin era. - We share our favourite Sedin stories and moments, and wonder what the future holds. - Oh yeah, Dahlen dragged Timrå back to the SHL, Elias is a beautiful weeping willow, and Gaudette won the Hobey Baker. Thanks for listening. Here is a link to the GoFundMe page raising money for families and survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.


Ep 26: Bile You Could Hear (2018/04/01)

This week in anguish: (- was recorded before we knew Thatcher Demko, apple of all our eyes, would start and win his first NHL game yesterday) - Rejoice! We are Gaudless heathens no longer. - Whose job is it to tank? - Shoving our way to inclusivity with Ken Dryden and Larry Kwong. - Linden's "fundamentals", that extra 2%, and absolutely everything going right at once. - The Canucks spend to the cap, but are they pinching pennies elsewhere? - Gilman's still upset, and we love that...


Ep 25: It Has Come to This (2018/03/24)

This week in anguish: - Travis Green completes the semi-intentional brutal honesty trifecta of the 2017-2018 season. - The Canucks let in a lot of goals in the first minutes of games. It makes us feel bad. How bad is it actually, though? - Ardella asks, "How do you win hockey games?" Tristan suggests goals. He is incorrect. - It has come to this: watching Jake Virtanen house tours to avoid thinking about what's happening on the ice. Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, tell a...


Ep 24: Carving Our Names Into Eternity (2018/03/16)

This week in anguish: - The end of Brock's season might as well be the end of the team's season. We recap the year that almost was. - Hypothesizing just how much angrier we would be if it wasn't our still-beloved Trevor Linden at the helm of this rudderless ship. - Two weeks after everyone else is done with it, we get all worked up about Friedman, negativity, and people telling you how you should be a fan. - Weeping with (and for) Elias. Thanks for listening! If you liked the show,...


Ep 23: It Boggles the Mind (2018/02/26)

This week in anguish: - We moan about another trade deadline that was, and groan mournfully over the trade deadline that could have been. - Ardella threatens to commit Canucks-related suicide twice in the span of 45 minutes, and ends the episode in a giggling fit. It's a wild ride. Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, tell a friend. You can leave us a rating and review on iTunes, and follow us on twitter (@thisweektristan and @thisweekardella). We can be reached by email at...


Ep 22: A Shared Sense of Reality (2018/02/18)

This week in anguish: - We exact about as much revenge on the Boston Bruins as a piece of gum can on a passing shoe. - We pause to appreciate the soft-spoken scrappiness of Daniel Sedin. - We pity poor Ben Hutton, and then reminisce about the days when the Canucks had the power to make someone they wanted to trade look good. - We descend the staircase of misery as we track four years of comings and goings on the Canucks' blue line. - We consider the effect that three more years of...


Ep 21: Only A Heartless Fool (2018/02/11)

This week in anguish: - Jacob Markstrom can not tell a lie, and TSN1040 can't seem to figure out how quotation marks work. - We declare this the lowest point of the season, just before one of the most fun games of the year. - Alex Edler is almost the Canucks' all-time scoring leader for defencemen. Does he make it in the ring of honour? Does everyone? - We check in briefly with Evan Bouchard and Jett Woo. (Woo!) - Jonathan Dahlen isn't going anywhere, and Elias Pettersson just wants to...


Ep 20: The Whole Point of the Draft (2018/02/04)

This week in anguish: - Once again, the head (of hockey ops) doesn't seem to know what the tail is doing. - A different "Boston model" provides some pretty damning evidence against the Lindenning regime. - Taking a hatchet to the best draft clichés available. - Hyping against hope as we try to get ourselves excited about Quinn Hughes and Adam Boqvist. Thanks for listening! If you liked the show, tell a friend. Feel free to leave us a rating or review on iTunes, and follow us on...