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07:37 AM ET 01.31 | The Canucks are limping into their five-game trip, on which interim head coach Mike Sullivan will likely be without Kevin Bieksa and with a slumping Alex Burrows. Sullivan revealed Thursday that Burrows, a 32-year-old who hasn't scored since beginning a four-year, $18-million-US contract extension, asked a few days ago for less ice time in the hope fewer shifts would mean more energy. He logs 18:51 a game. Danny Sedin is fourth among NHL forwards at 21:37, while Henrik is sixth at 21:15. The Canucks, and especially their top players, look tired. A troubling theme during the January crash -- 4-8-3 since Dec. 29 -- has been Vancouver's glaring inability to muster any surge or even resilience late in games. Including a couple of empty-netters, the Canucks have been outscored 12-1 in the third period of their last nine games.

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January 31, 2014  07:57 AM ET

Signs contract extension, wants to do less for the $$.

Sounds about right

January 31, 2014  08:51 AM ET

this is asinine.
He's a professional athlete...imagine one of us telling our boss we need a shorter work day?

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January 31, 2014  09:16 AM ET

and also...great way to endear yourself to the coach(es)
can you imagine the reaction?
"yeah torts? I don't want to play so much..."
yeah, that'll go well

January 31, 2014  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

this is asinine.He's a professional athlete...imagine one of us telling our boss we need a shorter work day?

And if you're not getting it done, then obviously you need more time off.

January 31, 2014  09:25 AM ET
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this is asinine. He's a professional athlete...imagine one of us telling our boss we need a shorter work day?

Since when does 'professional' mean anything to some of these privileged brats? Put him on the fourth line and keep him there for the duration. Then, craft his next contract on the basis of performance. That should take care of it!

January 31, 2014  09:27 AM ET

He logs 18:51 a game. Danny Sedin is fourth among NHL forwards at 21:37, while Henrik is sixth at 21:15.

Tells you something about the guy when one of the sisters spends more time on the ice than he does. And ... the sister ain't complaining either.

January 31, 2014  09:29 AM ET

I saw "interim coach" and thought, "Wow. That was quick." Then I remembered that Torts is just crazy and had been given a timeout for pitching a temper tantrum.

January 31, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Since when does 'professional' mean anything to some of these privileged brats? Put him on the fourth line and keep him there for the duration. Then, craft his next contract on the basis of performance. That should take care of it!

But he'll be $18 million richer by then. The NHL needs something like the NFL has. If you sign a big contract and don't perform, you're cut.

January 31, 2014  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

and also...great way to endear yourself to the coach(es)can you imagine the reaction?"yeah torts? I don't want to play so much..."yeah, that'll go well

That's what I was thinking right away Spiny.... wrong coach for this crap....this should really get Tort's motor running

January 31, 2014  09:48 AM ET
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But he'll be $18 million richer by then. The NHL needs something like the NFL has. If you sign a big contract and don't perform, you're cut.

+1

January 31, 2014  09:53 AM ET
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And if you're not getting it done, then obviously you need more time off.

That's not for the player to decide.

January 31, 2014  09:57 AM ET

....sounds like Alex is quitting. What a bizarre slump he's in. Even worse than the Great Superstar...Heatley.

January 31, 2014  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The NHL needs something like the NFL has. If you sign a big contract and don't perform, you're cut.

I'll vote for that!

January 31, 2014  10:04 AM ET
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....sounds like Alex is quitting. What a bizarre slump he's in. Even worse than the Great Superstar...Heatley.

Or .... Steve Weiss.

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January 31, 2014  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Since when does 'professional' mean anything to some of these privileged brats? Put him on the fourth line and keep him there for the duration. Then, craft his next contract on the basis of performance. That should take care of it!

Better yet, when he comes to the bench for a line change, hopefully Torts tells him "stay out there"

January 31, 2014  10:23 AM ET
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That's what I was thinking right away Spiny.... wrong coach for this crap....this should really get Tort's motor running

LOL the player waits until Torts isn't around. Sounds like a conditioning problem. Sigh, all that money for 19 min. and not even every night.

January 31, 2014  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

No no no, Steve Weiss is great DEPTH!

HAHAHAHA.....love it.

 
January 31, 2014  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Better yet, when he comes to the bench for a line change, hopefully Torts tells him "stay out there"

Ed Zachary.

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