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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Questions abound as Canucks, NHL address COVID-19
Ben Kuzma and Ed Willes talk about Brock Boeser’s return to the ice, Jake Virtanen’s changing role with the club, and how the spread of COVID 19 is impacting the hockey world.
25 min
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Everything on the line as Canucks falter in fin...
Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about the final stretch of the Canucks season. They wanted meaningful games in March, they’ve got them, and depending on the results, Ed suggests nothing is off the table for GM Jim Benning or coach Travis Green....
18 min
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Resilient Canucks continue march to playoffs
Ed Willes and Patrick Johnston join Paul Chapman for the to talk about the team’s resiliency in coming back against Montreal, the genius of Quinn Hughes, the fabulous first impression of Tyler Toffoli (and what it will take to keep him in Vancouver)...
33 min
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Is Toffoli trade a wise move for the Canucks?
Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about the plight of the current Canucks. Is the trade for Tyler Toffoli a wise move for the franchise? Ed is not sour on the deal, but having spent a lot of time watching Tyler Madden last year, he feels the kid...
31 min
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Is Jacob Markstrom papering over the cracks?
Ed Willes and Patrick Johnston join Paul Chapman to talk about the Vancouver Canucks current run. They get into the depth of the Canucks and if the team can withstand significant injuries down the stretch. The trio also kick around the growing stature...
21 min
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Sedin Week starts now
In a very special episode of The White Towel podcast, Ed Willes and Ben Kuzma join Paul Chapman to talk all things Henrik and Daniel Sedin heading into the Vancouver Canucks honouring the twins during "Sedin Week".
23 min
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Canucks decline on power play a real cause for ...
Ed Willes and Ben Kuzma join Paul Chapman to discuss the state of the Canucks as the team creeps up to the trade deadline. Was the loss against Boston a one-off or are there louder alarm bells sounding with the continued decline of the power play? The...
23 min
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Canucks now have longer highs and shorter lows
Patrick Johnston and Ben Kuzma join Paul Chapman to talk about the evolution of the Vancouver Canucks over the course of a season.   Not simply a streaky team, the Canucks now have longer highs and shorter lows and the writers surmise this...
36 min
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Canucks enter All-Star weekend on a high note
Patrick Johnston and Ed Willes join Paul Chapman to talk about the Canucks All Stars. They also talk about some notable incidents in past All-Star Games, what adding women to the weekend mix means for hockey, and why we should just enjoy the...
41 min
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How do the Canucks match up in the stacked Paci...
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,...
35 min
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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...
46 min
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The Canucks aren't where they need to be. What’...
Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman for the final White Towel Podcast of 2019. The Canucks’ current struggles are examined, and the pondering over the job security of general manager Jim Benning and coach Travis Green has begun. Who is in more peril? Ed...
37 min
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The Canucks' 'microcore' and the team's challen...
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...
38 min
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The Canucks' offensive burst and, of course, th...
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....
34 min
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Canucks struggles and the potential for a goali...
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...
33 min
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On Quinn Hughes, the pressures facing the team ...
The latest edition of the White Towel podcast is super-sized: Host Paul Chapman is joined by Canucks beat writers Patrick Johnston and Ben Kuzma plus columnist Ed Willes. The quartet take a look at Quinn Hughes’ ongoing growth as an NHL defenceman,...
46 min
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Reaching deep, loving Winnipeg and losing passp...
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...
36 min
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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...
30 min
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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...
29 min
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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...
26 min
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Better late than never!
Unfortunately, posting of this podcast was delayed until after the Thanksgiving weekend, but the content is still gold!  Join Paul Chapman and Patrick Johnston as they give their early season impressions on the Vancouver Canucks.
35 min
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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...
22 min
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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...
43 min
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Canucks make home run pick with Vasili Podkolzin
Patrick Johnston explains why Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning made a home run pick in taking big Russian forward Vasili Podkolzin. 
17 min
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Pratt ready to reprise bad guy role in new podcast
Paul Chapman is joined by longtime Vancouver broadcaster Dave Pratt in this special edition of the White Towel.   Dave talks about his new podcast, The Prattcast, weighs in on the current plight of the Canucks, the NHL draft, and even...
52 min
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Is Jim Benning capable of making a big splash o...
In the movie Draft Day, the Cleveland Browns' owner takes the GM to an amusement park and tells him he wants to make a "big splash".   Is the same scenario in the offing for Jim Benning and the Canucks?   Patrick Johnston and Ed Willes take...
22 min
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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...
17 min
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Bruins give Canucks roadmap for Stanley Cup suc...
Ed Willes and Paul Chapman look at which Stanley Cup finalist, the St. Louis Blues or the Boston Bruins, provide the most salient roadmap for the Vancouver Canucks to follow on the path to winning a Cup.   Ed’s opinion on this may surprise you....
28 min
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Which Canucks will be back next season?
Patrick Johnston and Ben Kuzma look at the list of free agents the Canucks have on their roster.   Alex Edler’s signing (or not signing) will affect the rest of the roster; it all starts from there.
14 min
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Analyzing Canucks draft plans
Patrick Johnston joins Paul Chapman to discuss the plan forward for the Canucks’ defence, plus some thoughts about what it is the Bruins have done right in rebuilding on the fly and how long it will be till the Canucks are in similar shape. Plus,...
33 min
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Canucks small front office bucks trend among NH...
Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about all the chatter surrounding the Canucks front office on this week’s version of The White Towel podcast. Compared to most other teams, the Canucks appear to be missing people in key front-office...
28 min
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Familiar face could fill Canucks vacant preside...
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...
20 min
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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...
31 min
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Canucks season showed shades of good, bad, ugly
In this week’s White Towel podcast Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to put the whole Canucks season on a slab. From the disappointing draft lottery results to the priorities in free agency, Ed talks about the direction the team must go in the offseason....
44 min
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Canucks fans desperate for positives as losing ...
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...
34 min
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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...
36 min
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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...
38 min
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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...
37 min
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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...
40 min
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Why people are worried about Brock Boeser
In this week’s White Towel podcast, Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to delve into the debate over Brock Boeser being a great young player or merely a good piece. Other topics include: pressure put on young players, underperforming journeymen veterans,...
32 min
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NHL game changed, but Erik Gudbranson couldn't ...
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...
33 min
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The litany of Canucks injuries
Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to discuss the litany of Canucks injuries. Is this a product of bad luck or are the Canucks doing something wrong to have so many players on the IR, with Jake Virtanen being the latest. With the looming trade deadline they...
37 min
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Canucks struggle to solve goaltending problems
On the latest episode of the White Towel podcast, Paul Chapman and Patrick Chapman take a look at the Canucks’ goalie controversy this week and what it really means.   They also get into the team’s defence, their planning and where the team...
25 min
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What’s up, Utica?
On this episode of the White Towel podcast, Patrick Johnston is joined by the Utica Observer-Dispatch’s Ben Birnell to chat about the Utica Comets.   The development of players like Adam Gaudette, Jonathan Dahlen and Jonah Gadjovich are on...
30 min
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Goldobin on the clock with Canucks
Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman for the White Towel podcast where they delve into the Canucks playoff hunt and how much benefit it will bring the team in the long run.   They also examine the case of Nikolay Goldobin, and how many more chances does...
32 min
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NHL elite exert influence on Elias Pettersson a...
Ed Willes and Paul Chapman talk about what the All-Star Game meant to Elias Pettersson and how the experience of a young player being included with the game’s greats is often overlooked.   The podcast also covers what the trade market will be...
42 min
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What makes Elias Pettersson different?
In this week’s White Towel Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman to talk about what makes Elias Pettersson different?   While many wondered if Pettersson could handle the rigours of the NHL and the media attention, he has exceeded all expectations. Ed...
30 min
48
Where do Canucks stand in the West?
Ed Willes joins Paul Chapman for the latest edition of the White Towel Podcast. - In the pod the boys get into where the Canucks really stand in the Western Conference. Is a playoff chase an essential part of their development? -
26 min
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I second that emotion
Harrison Mooney and Patrick Johnston are back for another episode of the White Towel podcast. - Olli Juolevi's season is suddenly over. What's with that? - The Canucks and the Lightning got emotional on Tuesday. What's with that? -
32 min
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Seasonal progress of the Vancouver Canucks
Paul and Ed discuss the progress made by the Vancouver Canucks this season, assess the job Canucks GM Jim Benning has done and evaluate the city of Seattle as a hockey market.
33 min
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No better time for tough love
Two days after Nikolay Goldobin was scratched to some controversy, Patrick Johnston and Harrison Mooney are here to take further stock of the Canucks.
41 min
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Process vs. playoffs
A day after the Canucks latest frustrating loss — this time to the Vegas Golden Knights — Patrick Johnston and Harrison Mooney get together on the White Towel podcast to ponder just what is it that's eluding the home team. -
42 min
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What comes next?
The Canucks ended their losing slump with a win over LA. - Then they lost to LA. What comes next for the Canucks? - Canucks beat writer Patrick Johnston joins host Paul Chapman to break down the Canucks as November comes to a close. -
44 min
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The Health of the Canucks
The health of The Canucks, their upcoming games with the Sharks and Kings, and their chance of getting off their recent losing streak.
44 min
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The Quarter Pole
A look at the Canucks after 20 games. - Province Sports beat writer Patrick Johnston sits in with host Paul Chapman to take stock of these surprising Canucks. Should fans be excited? Who deserves credit for the solid start? -
34 min