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NHL on TSN Quiz: How should Canucks handle Luongo jeers?

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TSN.ca Staff
10/20/2011 12:13:57 AM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

Question No. 1: How should the Canucks respond to growing public discontent in Vancouver with Roberto Luongo? A) Absolutely nothing B) Stand up and defend him

Bob McKenzie: Stand up and defend the young man. Fans are entitled to do what they want to do and Luongo certainly has to do better. But this mob mentality that fans get sometimes starts to take on a life of it's own. We saw it with Larry Murphy and the Toronto Maple Leafs and it became an untenable situation. When the Montreal Canadiens fans did the same thing to Patrice Brisebois, Bob Gainey stood up and said "We don't want you at our games, we don't want you - go away." I don't know that Mike Gillis has to do exactly that, but I think someone in the Canucks organization needs to point out that it's a shared responsibility and the twins didn't score any goals last night and they get a free pass a lot of nights.

Marc Crawford: Absolutely nothing. The reason I say that is he's a leader, he's a veteran, he's a guy that has great leadership skills. So he has the tools to deal with this. Coaching often times is like being a parent and as a parent one of the toughest things you have to do is let your kids make mistakes because in the long run they are better for it. The long run for the Canucks is the playoffs, that's when Roberto has to be good.

Aaron Ward: Stand up and defend him. it's a team game through and through. One guy or all the guys, someone say something. Make it a rallying point in your team. If you're a coach be smart, use it as the us against the world mentality.

Question No. 2: Forget about Goal of the Year, which was the Goal of the Night Tuesday? A) Jamie Benn B) Joe Morrow

Ward: Morrow. No disrespect to the goal scored by Benn, but Larry , Curly and Moe were on defence for Columbus on that goal. Morrow for me goes end to end, comes right up the ice with good composure, splits the forwards, walks the defence and for good measure he buries himself in the back of the net. pretty goal, I have to give him the vote.

Crawford: Benn. Simply because he's a great up and coming player. He shows his speed, he shows his power and he shows his hands. Yes it was a terrible defensive miscue by four Blue Jackets, but to have that kind of ability and to be able to put it in the top of the net, those are highlights.

McKenzie: Morrow. He went coast to coast on buttered toast. I just wanted to say that, that's the only reason I picked him. Extra marks for putting his body in the net after the puck.

Question No. 3: Should the NHL entry draft, as Bob Nicholson proposes, be limited to 19-year-olds with exemptions for exceptional 18-year-olds?

Crawford: No. We've got a great development system whether it's the OHL, WHL, QMJHL, college hockey, AHL. We have a great development league, so keep it at 18 years old.

McKenzie: Yes. There will still be provisions for exceptional maybe all 18 year olds in the first round if you want to go that root. The later you can draft somebody the better. That extra year allows a lot of players to develop for the NHL to get a better read on them. But it's one of those things that will likely be on the CBA cutting room floor before it's all said and done.

Ward: No. Quit messing with every aspect of the game. Quit dashing the hopes of the youth of today. You would miss out on guys like Ryan O'Reilly, 33rd overall and a second rounder, who played 81 games in his first year. That guy would be missed because it would only be first rounders selected.

Question No. 4: If NHL coaches shook hands after games, which NHL coach would be most likely to go Jim Harbaugh?

McKenzie: John Tortorella of the Rangers. I don't actually believe that, I only said it to make him mad and uncomfortable because he would be so upset to be categorized as doing something that would be bad sportsmanship with the other coach. But he didn't return my phone call the other day and I just want to use The Quiz as terrorism, Canada's favourite game show coming back to bite Torts.

Crawford: Kevin Dineen, the new coach of the Florida Panthers. I don't think any coach would ever do it, but if any one would it would be Kevin. He knocked out a number of guys in his NHL career including Gord Kluzak and Mike Milbury. He actually punched me in the head, he's got a great left.

Ward: Marc Crawford. As a guy who ate 50,000 punches from Brent Severyn in the infamous Colorado Avalanche/Detroit Red Wings game. After I got kicked out I watched the overtime goal from behind the net and as we celebrated and ran around to our locker room, my buddy here crossed paths with me and got a nice sharp elbow to the sternum.

NHL Entry Draft (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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