Murphy’s Mailbag: Was the J.T. Miller trade truly worth it?


Let’s get started the mailbag with a issue through Chris from Vancouver, who needed to know about the evening that Jason Strudwick fought Gino Odjick — about eight several hours after they had been traded for each other.

Q: When did you uncover out about the trade?

Jason Strudwick: We experienced just virtually gotten to the resort. I acquired a simply call from Mike Milbury and he says, “We just traded you to Vancouver. Many thanks a large amount.” Absolutely everyone had been pranking each other so I thought it was a joke. And then two minutes later Mike Keenan phone calls and suggests, “Be downstairs in 15 minutes. One particular of our guys will pick you up and just take you to the push conference.” It seemed pretty anti-climatic for the teams but it was a massive offer for me.

Q: When you identified out who you experienced been traded for, what did you assume?

JS: As soon as I identified out I was like, ‘oh my god, this guy is an icon in Vancouver.’ Those are substantial shoes to fill, specially for a guy who experienced like 10 game titles of NHL working experience.

Q: Was Gino asking you to struggle as shortly as you bought on the ice?

JS: No. I initiated it. I was mad. Odjick’s press conference was right before mine and he explained something like, ‘I never mind becoming traded. I just do not like being traded for no person.’ And that pissed me off. I’m a proud man and I knew I was a nobody when compared to Odjick, but my ego didn’t know that so I was like ‘I’m going to struggle this dude.’

I held chasing him indicating ‘let’s fight’ and then he lastly reported ‘OK let us go!’ I understood I was going to get rid of, too. I didn’t go in with any illusions I was likely to acquire the combat. I believed I was carrying out Alright, but I was questioning why he wasn’t throwing any punches. Clearly he was tiring me out and then he hit me with a couple and down I went.

But I was so mad, and right after the video game I explained I preferred to introduce myself so he realized who I was. I observed Gino a couple months later and he informed me he did not suggest it like that, but I get why you wanted to fight. You have to recognize in that time if you didn’t struggle you ended up getting your show run so I wished to stand up for myself.

Q: Toughest teammate while you were a member of the Canucks?

JS: Oh guy. How about Brad May perhaps and Donald Brashear. Pure battling it’s Brash. I cherished staying with him due to the fact at the commence of each individual video game he would say, “if there is a challenge in the recreation I’ll offer with this person and you get the up coming in line.” So if we ended up actively playing, like, Washington, he would make positive he took care of Chris Simon and then I’d have to fight like Brandon Witt or Craig Berube.

But May well was this kind of a gamer and would just get in there and scrap anyone and I loved him as a teammate.

Q: Do you get more than enough credit rating for your part in the shootout that built Marek Malik well known? (Strudwick shot in Round 14, proper just before Malik, and necessary to score to continue to keep the shootout heading)

JS: It’s 1 of my favorite memories on an personal foundation. I don’t know if I was extra relieved or delighted I scored. Since I did not want to allow my teammates down and man did it experience like a ton of force. There was me left, Malik, Darius Kasparaitis, who we know has terrible palms, and Fedor Tyutin who experienced a broken finger. So the Capitals rating and Tom Renney seems to be down and suggests, ‘Struddy you are up,’ and I’m ignoring this person. I’m not even going to look around.

But when I do he offers me this minor shoulder shrug and I’m like, ‘oh (expletive).’ I leap about the boards and I’m swinging my adhere about, like looping it, and I’m pondering to myself, you’re this sort of an idiot due to the fact I didn’t know what I was performing. I did know that I was going to shoot. There was no way I was heading to deke. I preferred to fire it in excess of Kolzig’s shoulder and nevertheless he’s like 7-foot-2 so of course I’m not contemplating like a purpose scorer. And I sort of missed it and it went in the net.

Just to be ready to contribute like that was quite brilliant. I acquired so several texts, men and women ended up ripping me over my celebration.

@SportsMidmurph, please find out what the pink/fleshy point is meant to be on the side of Markstrom’s latest mask! It truly is driving me mad! #loyalfan #iwatcheverycanucksgame #markysmask

— Tammy Winton (@tammy_winton) October 25, 2019

Ok, I admit, it is a very little challenging to tell what that “pink fleshy thing” is on Markstrom’s mask. Markstrom claims the style and design idea is that of a Splash Monster. So the pink fleshy issue is the tongue of the Monster.

What makes it hard to discern is the reality the cage handles up exactly where the mouth is supposed to be. Markstrom said he bought a textual content from his mom soon soon after he wore the mask for the very first time and she required to know “why he had two women’s bare legs” on it. I consider he’ll be coming out with a new mask soon.

3 on 3 OT – in their primes, who will come out on best: West Coastline Express or the Twins and Burrows?

— Stefan Andrew (@Kimpy76) November 2, 2019

Can I decide on Hughes, Pettersson and Boeser? Simply because that wins! But if I have to reply let us go with the West Coastline Express. Morrison, Naslund and Bertuzzi could all skate, distribute and end, and even even though that trio hardly ever obtained to expertise 3-on-3 OT, I like that combo.

I know Daniel is the franchise leader in OT ambitions (Daniel has 15 of them, just ahead of Morrison I believe that) but in my mind the twins had been usually wanting to move it into the internet. That’s my tale and I’m sticking to it. That mentioned, Daniel’s past target was in OT (albeit 4-on-3) and offered a single of the finest reminiscences of my vocation.

Does a folded up pizza depend as a taco?

— Prabhjot (@ThePlZZAGuy) November 2, 2019

No. But I’ll enable you argue yes if it’s a skinny crust pizza and has toppings you could possibly discover in a taco.

With Miller’s recent manufacturing, do you feel the trade with the unprotected firsy was value it?

— Jackson Mendeloff (@JacksonMendelo1) November 2, 2019

Let’s preface this by saying that J.T. Miller has been totally dynamite the initially thirty day period of this season. He’s been a perfect healthy on the top line along with Pettersson and Boeser and quite frankly that line has been one particular of the league’s best by a number of distinctive metrics.

If Miller can maintain up this torrid rate and aid direct the Canucks into the playoffs, then there is a robust situation for those people who consider the trade was truly worth it. I’m not ready to concede that but, however, as I’m not positive if this club can afford to pay for to give away a initial-spherical select just yet.

If you are a “draftist” then greatest circumstance for you is hoping the Canucks skip the playoffs this year as the 2020 NHL Draft seems like a monster, and the Canucks would hold that pick. Then ideally Vancouver can make the publish-year in 2021, simply because Tampa Bay would get that decide, unprotected from the lottery. I will say this though: Miller is performing his best to make the offer search good for Jim Benning and Co.

Does Peach prefer summer season or wintertime functions?

— saint nikki (@Rad_NikkiYVR) November 2, 2019

Peach loves getting outside the house, interval. She has a blast in the sunlight, snow or rain. Nonetheless, she explained to me that her desire is summer months as very little beats heading for a swim in the crisp, interesting swimming pools of mosquito creek.

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Whos your major 5 most loved players to enjoy?

— Chris (@Chris72221748) November 2, 2019

In no individual purchase: Connor McDavid, Mathew Barzal, Elias Pettersson, Nathan MacKinnon and Alex Ovechkin.

Honorable point out to Quinn Hughes, Cale Makar, Auston Matthews, Brendan Gallagher and David Pastrnak.

With all the game titles you been there for, have you ever won the 50/50 or do you at any time engage in?

— Geoff Linn (@alpinetechguy) November 3, 2019

Shorty and Cheech purchase 50/50 each video game and have by no means won. I’ll go in with them for the first video game of just about every year when the income total is nuts, but we have not even arrive close. Shorthouse did gain as soon as with Tom Larscheid through a radio broadcast however, and the audio is wonderful.

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