The secret is out

First off, I’d like to sincerely apologize to anyone staying at the same hotel as the Canucks here in Tampa Bay. I wasn’t lying in yesterday’s blog, remembering your room number can be difficult for the sharpest of minds, which does not include yours truly.

So, upon exiting the elevator on the seventh floor (I remembered that much), I proceeded to try roughly 12 doors before the light finally flashed green and allowed me to enter.

Why not just go down and ask the front desk what room I’m in?

Where’s the fun in that!

There’s a lot of pressure on today’s blog seeing as how it will be one of the only fresh pieces of content on It’s a travel day; we spent the night in Tampa Bay post-game and are flying to St. Louis this morning. The Canucks aren’t scheduled to practice, so this could be all the team insight you get today.

Good thing I’ve been saving up some goodness just for an occasion such as this.

I see and hear a lot of things on the road, things I’m not privy to at home. I’m part of the inner circle right now, and by that I meant I eavesdrop on its conversations. It’s all for not, though, as I can’t do anything with any of it. It’s in one ear and out the other.

But it got me thinking: what crucially important information can I find out that I can also report?

Oh boy have I got a scoop for you. It’s worthy of a discount double check.

Alain Vigneault is a quiet guy. Personal, keeps things close to the chest. Little is known about him as a head coach in the room, even less about him personally.

Until now.

Vigneault chews Trident gum.

If you’re thinking to yourself, I don’t care, you clearly haven’t been following the yearlong saga of gum comments regarding Vigneault following every Sportsnet, TSN or CBC close-up of him behind the bench.

This is big news. Maybe not front-page news, but in this poorly written, rarely read blog, it’s gold Jerry, gold!

The Canucks always have three types of gum available in the dressing room: original Double Bouble, Juicy Fruit and Trident. It’s a smorgasbord of chewing gum really, with something for even the pickiest of palates.

My inside source (I’m such a poor man’s Bob McKenzie) tells me Vigneault gravitates towards the Trident gum, which is typically flavoured original or Tropical Twist. And here you thought coach V was all business all the time.

I’m also told he’s a big Halls man, which makes perfect sense for the amount he yells during a game. Listen for it Thursday night and you’ll hear him shouting from the bench, straining his voice more and more with each instruction.

What you choose to do with all this hard-hitting information is up to you, just know this: while Marshawn Lynch may enjoy being showered in Skittles after a touchdown, I highly doubt Vigneault wants gum thrown at him after every Canucks goal, even if 4 out of 5 dentists surveyed would recommend Trident.

Are you free tomorrow morning? If so, let’s meet here again Thursday around the same time. It would be nice if you carried the conversation for once though…