No, this isn’t another post on whether or not the Canucks are Canada’s team. I think everyone agrees that subject has been beaten to death already.
But is anyone else getting a kick reading what some NHL players – yes, NHL players, not fans – are saying about the Canucks?
Yesterday, Dave Bolland bashed Alex Burrows:
“Typical, pulling hair and biting people. Sort of like a little girl,” said Bolland.
It must suck to get knocked out of the playoffs by a bunch of little girls.
The other day, Ryan Whitney dissed the entire team:
“I’d say 90 percent of the guys in the league want nothing to do with seeing them win,” Whitney said a few hours before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. “There’s no doubting their team’s pretty amazing. But who makes up that team makes them so tough to like that it’s frustrating to see them doing this well.”
Obviously, Whitney’s not one of the players who chose the Canucks as the second-most favorite team players want to play on. Or perhaps he’s bitter that, in the same poll, his team was selected the second-least team players would like to play on.
It’s not that this sort of hatred is new. But where players, in the past, would perhaps be more cautious in what they say in the media – I mean, you could be dissing a future teammate, right? – these are two examples who don’t seem to mind speaking their minds. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mind that. I do find it mildly entertaining to hear them spout off out of spite and bitterness.