We’re all just living in Alex Edler’s world. That’s this week’s topic at the middle of this week’s Pat-cast, powered by Eagle Ridge GM. Jason Botchford and Jeff Paterson are back to talk about Edler’s future in Vancouver on the back of a strong performance at the Worlds for Sweden. What’s the future of the Canucks’ defence? Will the Canucks bring some out of the box thinking to this off season? There’s also time to weigh in on Nashville as a hockey market. Plus what the heck happened in Pemberton? And what’s with that sea lion? This is the Pat-cast on Province Sports Radio.
Having your coaching house in order before the National Hockey League draft is like spring cleaning. It’s necessary and can either mean tidying up or cleaning a mess. For the Vancouver Canucks, that task falls somewhere in the middle, because continuity and familiarity to chart the direction of the rebuild are imperative after Willie Desjardins was fired April 10. It means once the Canucks make it official, new bench boss Travis Green will lean on those crucial elements in hiring Nolan Baumgartner — his Utica Comets assistant the last four seasons — to run the defence in place of the fired Doug Lidster. It also means Doug Jarvis will be retained after the bench clearing to provide that veteran
Alex Burrows knows about ebb and flow. The injured Ottawa Senators winger watched helplessly Sunday as his club absorbed a 7-0 pummelling in Pittsburgh as the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins moved to within a victory of returning to the final series. He also knows that if his left ankle co-operates Tuesday, he could help reverse momentum in the Eastern Conference final because the ice is tilted in the wrong direction. “You have to live in the moment and get over it,” Burrows said in a Monday interview. “We’ve had that approach the entire playoffs — don’t dwell on a loss and don’t get overly excited with a win. “A lot of people counted us out after we lost two in a row to the Rangers.