The Tim Schaller show
When people who don’t like Canucks’ general manager Jim Benning give their reasons for not liking him, the list often includes the signing of Tim Schaller during last year’s free agency.
Schaller was coming off a season where he played all 82 games for the Boston Bruins. That season was the first time in his career that Schaller had played in all 82 games and was also a season where he set career highs in goals, assists, and penalty minutes.
The Caucks signed him to a two year deal with a cap hit of $1.9 million on July 1st. Schaller hasn’t found much success with the Canucks this season and has served as a healthy scratch for the majority of the season.
Last night, however, Nikolay Goldobin was scratched in favour of Schaller. Schaller was given his chance to play, and he didn’t let it pass him by last night. On a line with Tyler Motte and Jay Beagle, Schaller scored just 52 seconds into the game on his very first shift.
Then, later in the first, Schaller scored off a sweet pass from Pettersson to give the Canucks an early two-goal lead. It was a huge night for Schaller who scored his first career multi-goal game.