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White Towel

Ed Willes, Ben Kuzma, Patrick Johnston, Harrison Mooney and all our writers bring you a Canucks podcast that talks about the news, rumours, theories and themes surrounding the team every week.

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Reality check hits Canucks hard in loss to Tampa

On this week’s edition of the White Towel podcast, Ed Willes and Ben Kuzma join Paul Chapman to talk about the Vancouver Canucks' meltdown in Tampa that brought the team's seven-game winning streak to a screeching halt. How much do the Canucks rely on goaltending to compete? The trio delve into Jacob Markstrom’s leverage in negotiating a new contract with the club this summer. They also talk about which Canucks need to step up their game in the second half of the season, what the new front office structure means and how much the Canucks have improved off the ice. The podcast wraps with Ed and Ben telling stories about the 50th anniversary series and some of their favourite anecdotes from the hotel bar and other places covering the Canucks on the road in the past.

46mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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What do we make of the Canucks' early success?

Ed Willes and Ben Kuzma join Paul Chapman to talk about the amazing offensive roll the Canucks are on. The writers get into what has made such a big difference on the team, who the difference makers have been and what fans can expect to see over the next month and beyond. Why is this team on such a tear, and how much can coach Travis Green and GM Jim Benning take credit for in this version of the Vancouver Canucks? Listen to The White Towel podcast every week by subscribing to us via Apple Podcasts.

30mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Hughes brings good news to struggling Canucks

In this week’s White Towel podcast Ben Kuzma joins Paul Chapman to talk about the slimmest silver lining to another Canucks season, hopefully a look at last year’s top draft pick, Quinn Hughes.   Ben talks about how important Hughes’ skill set is to the Canucks, and some of the other problems facing the team in the offseason.

36mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Vancouver Canucks off to a fast start

Columnist Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to dissect the fast start the Canucks have got off to. Ed surmises that it’s depth that has brought the Canucks to where they are, the additions of JT Miller and Tyler Myers, as well as Jordy Benn, have played as big a role as the growth of talented budding stars Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes.   Subscribe to The White Towel podcast via Apple Podcasts to get the insight and news from our Canucks writers and personalites every week.

29mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Can Canucks sign more than Myers in free agency?

Patrick Johnston and Paul Chapman take a look back at the draft and then ahead to free agency.   How did the Canucks do with their nine picks? Why was the reception for Vasili Podkolzin initially mixed?   With reflection what do we make of the J.T. Miller trade?   The Canucks seem set to sign Tyler Myers but might they make any other moves?    And will Roberto Luongo’s number be retired?

43mins

28 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Answers to Canucks questions of the week

Patrick Johnston joins Paul Chapman to answer all your Canucks questions of the week in this edition of the White Towel podcast. Patrick delves into why the Canucks have followed the trend the last three seasons essentially nailing down a lottery draft pick, then winning games at the end of the season to lessen their chances of a higher pick.   They also get into which blueliners may have helped, or hurt their causes for next season.  Patrick also gives his insight into what Quinn Hughes has on his plate the rest of the season, and what Elias Pettersson told him about Hughes.   They also get into the issue of General Manager Jim Benning. While missing playoff revenue for the last four seasons has seen the team cut some financial corners off the ice, Patrick tells us what he thinks the pressures on Benning are, and what are the chances he’s going to be given the green light to swing for the fences in a crucial offseason where the Canucks want to make a big splash as they host the NHL Draft in June, and have money to spend in free agency on July 1.   Download and subscribe to the White Towel podcast on Apple Podcasts every week, visit us and give us a rating.

38mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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NHL game changed, but Erik Gudbranson couldn't change with it

Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman on the White Towel podcast to share his dissertation on the Vancouver Canucks performance at the NHL trade deadline.   The guys try to figure out what went wrong for Erik Gudbranson in Vancouver and if he can be a valuable piece in Pittsburgh for the Penguins.   Ed also talks about the holes left on the Canucks blueline, the Jonathan Dahlen trade, and what the rest of the season holds for the Canucks.

33mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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Breaking down Canucks draft plans

Patrick Johnston and Ben Kuzma talk about whether the Canucks might stand pat at the draft or move up, who the Canucks are looking to pick at 10th overall, take stock of the Alex Edler situation, and list  some valuable lessons taught by the St. Louis Blues.

17mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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The Canucks' offensive burst and, of course, the inquest into hockey culture

In this week’s edition of the White Towel podcast Patrick Johnston and Ed Willes join Paul Chapman to talk about the burst of offence the Canucks have received this season. While the most prolific players are Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, J.T. Miller has been the most important offensive key for the team this year. They also discuss owner Francesco Aquilini going ‘scoreboard’ on critics of the Miller trade, the importance of Quinn Hughes to the Canucks attack, and finish with a lengthy discussion on the inquest into hockey culture which has now centred on former Canucks coach Marc Crawford. Download or stream the White Towel podcast and subscribe via Apple Podcasts to get the insight of our Canucks writers every week.

34mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Canucks fans desperate for positives as losing season wraps

After Quinn Hughes debut for the Vancouver Canucks, Ed Willes and Paul Chapman are wondering if the elite prospect can survive under the microscope.   Talk turns to the impending draft lottery, the Canucks' offseason strategy, Jake Virtanen's future in Vancouver, and Jim Benning's draft prowess.

34mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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No guarantees for Benning beyond this season

This week's White Towel podcast opens with talk of expectations squarely on the shoulders of injured rookie Quinn Hughes, potential for the Canucks to make moves at the NHL Entry Draft, Travis Green's pitch to be the bench boss going forward, and why GM Jim Benning might be out of a job by the end of the season.

40mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Reaching deep, loving Winnipeg and losing passports

This week both Canucks beat writers Patrick Johnston and Ben Kuzma join Paul Chapman to talk all things Canucks. Starting with the team’s performance on the ice, the topic is the versatility of the Canucks and how they have so far exhibited the ability to outscore teams, or play a tough, physical and “heavy” game against quality teams like the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. The impact of Quinn Hughes is also discussed, along with the balanced contribution the team is getting so that when one player goes cold, there has been another one there to step up. It’s not all great news as the podcast discusses possible red flags and pitfalls for the team as they get deeper into the season. With the ESPN NHL player survey coming out this week, and rubbishing Edmonton and Winnipeg as cities players hate to go to, Ben and Patrick tell us which cities they love or hate to visit on the road, and why. The podcast finishes with more travel talk as Patrick tells us the travails of losing your passport whilst in the midst of a road trip in California last week. -- Subscribe to The White Towel podcast on Apple Podcasts to get all the Canucks news, insight and opinion each week from our beat writers.

36mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Canucks young core miles away from competing

Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about the NHL playoffs and how the Canucks' prospects compare to the other teams in the playoffs.   Willes says the Canucks seem miles away from being able to get into the playoffs and compete with the top teams in the NHL.

31mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Case to release Jim Benning grows

Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about Canucks general manager Jim Benning's job security.   Has Benning done enough to be given the mandate to go forward or are there some big names out there that may spur the team into a move?   Ed gives insight on the job Benning has done and what other factors may play into the decision.

38mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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A promising homestand

On this week’s episode of the White Towel podcast, Paul Chapman and Patrick Johnston break down a promising homestand for the Vancouver Canucks.  This season feels different from past starts. Is it?  Plus a look at what J.T. Miller’s already brought to the table, the pressure on Thatcher Demko and the new-look defence.

26mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Canucks struggles and the potential for a goalie controversy

This week’s White Towel Podcast sees Ed Willes join Paul Chapman to talk about the recent Canucks struggles, the potential for a goalie controversy, the job security and possible moves for General Manager Jim Benning, and the furor caused by the Canucks wearing their black “Skate” jerseys and whether that’s really noteworthy or just social media fluff. Listen to the White Towel podcast every week by subscribing via Apple Podcasts.

33mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Is Quinn Hughes the real deal?

The return of Canucks hockey also means it’s the return of the White Towel podcast. Postmedia hockey writers Patrick Johnston and Ben Kuzma look at what the Canucks look like going into the 2019-20 NHL season: how will the new-look defence fare? Is Quinn Hughes the real deal? Can Elias Pettersson be even better than before? 

22mins

1 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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The Canucks' 'microcore' and the team's challenges going forward

In this week’s White Towel podcast, beat writer Ben Kuzma and columnist Ed Willes join Paul Chapman to discuss the Canucks “microcore” and the challenges they face going into the rest of the season. The group also looks at the job Jim Benning has done, the increased social media presence of owner Francesco Aquilini and whether that places any extra burden on Benning, as well as the dilemma of what to do with the goaltending situation looking ahead to the off-season. The podcast finishes off with a look back at the 1982 Canucks team that caught fire and rode it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.  

38mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Familiar face could fill Canucks vacant president spot

In this week’s White Towel podcast Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about the exit of the Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and how the Canucks can look at the teams who have advanced in the playoffs to shape their rebuild. They also talk about the Canucks presidency position, what they need in that role, and which formerly-fired Canucks executive has been sounded out about a return to office.

20mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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How do the Canucks match up in the stacked Pacific Division?

In this week’s snow-delayed White Towel podcast, Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about the Canucks heading into the All-Star break. Among the topics discussed, how do the Canucks match up in the stacked Pacific Division? In a playoff series, which team would actually be the best? Are the Canucks using Jacob Markstrom effectively? Ed and Paul also revisit the old Patcast and remember some great Jeff Paterson and Jason Botchford travel stories, and revisit the 1990s Canucks and Pat Quinn’s skill as a general manager. And, finally, Ed talks about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations and tries to compare bands to great NHLers.

35mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #20