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Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 9:59 pm

By Brian Stubits

Not long ago, Mark Recchi, a member of the Bruins team that beat the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup last season, called the Canucks the most arrogant team he ever played in his 22-season career. Kevin Bieksa took exception to the comments, but a lot of fans agreed.

And so did some of the players.

The San Jose Sharks also ran into the Canucks in the playoffs last season and with each having extended runs at the top of the Western Conference, they have a pretty strong familiarity with each other. So it's no surprise that they would share Recchi's sentiments, maybe only surprising that they would actually admit to it.

Douglas Murray and Ryan Clowe were asked about Recchi's words the day before the Sharks and Canucks meet (on Saturday). Neither was going to disagree with Recchi. From Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area:

“Recchi was obviously a very well-respected player in this league for many years, and still is very respected,” Murray said. “For him saying something like that probably means something.

“It’s not the whole team. It’s certain individuals that give them that reputation. I’m not going to call out names. It’s obvious for anyone that watches the game.”

Well for those who maybe don't watch the Canucks all that closely, you're left to yourself to figure it out, right? Well that's where Clowe comes in.

“They’ve got certain guys, and they have [Maxim] Lapierre there who is known for that," said Clowe. "He’s known to run his mouth and play that sort of game. He doesn’t really like backing that up. You have [Ryan] Kesler and [Alex] Burrows who used to do that a little bit more. Apparently the last year, and last couple of years, they’ve tried to not talk as much and just play.”

Yea, can't say those names are a shock. Remember it was just a week ago that the tandem of Lapierre and Burrows was being accused of some dirty shenanigans against the Senators.

The Canucks are an interesting creature to me. They have clearly become one of the most hated teams in the NHL. Canada, which always seems to embrace its own to win the Cup for the country, almost shunned Vancouver in last year's postseason. Their biggest Stars, the Sedin twins, are pretty much everything you could ask for in model players and faces of your franchise.

It's all the more interesting that the Canucks haven't won a Stanley Cup. Usually such hatred is reserved for the teams that win championships, not runner-ups. Did anybody really hate the Buffalo Bills in the early 1990s (other than their traditional rivals)?

All I know is that the Canucks keep piling up a list of must-see games with every opponent comment.

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:16 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:40 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

I guess you never seen Subban fight

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:51 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

You can certainly see you don't know squat about hockey. If it came down to it, Subban would take just about anyone in Boston in a scrap. Marchand is as bad as Lapierre if not worse and remember Lucic, a guy who picks his opponents and refuses to fight someone like Laraque. As the Twister would say, "He tripped on his panties getting out of his way".

Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:00 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

Canucks have more players that will talk shit and not actually fight and be tough than any other team in the league. Everyone saw Boston bully the Canucks into a corner last season, and they took it like the little bitches they are.

Guys like Burrish and Eager will actually fight you, but not the Vancouver Canucks players for the most part. Not to mention they have a proven record of being weak when it's all on the line, both physically and mentally.

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:18 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

The Canucks are the most hated team in the NHL and by hockey fans alike.

While I think Daniel and Henrik Sedin are two of the most talented and feared pairs in hockey right now, they are whiners and very poor sports.  Watch when games get away from the Canucks and the nasty things the Sedin sisters do to players and you will lose respect for them and their team.

It's pathetic to watch them intstigate and then whine to the refs when things don't go the Canucks, and moreso, their way.   

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:03 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

You made my point Jay, Eager and Burish did yap. They also went out and won a Stanley Cup. Losing game seven in the cup finals only means your the first loser, you still haven't won anything. My point is, if your going to run your mouth, go out and back it up. Don't try to be tuff guys one minute and then turn around and cry to the refs the next. If you want to run with the big dogs just win.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:43 am

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

During Cup run Burish and Eager were huge yappeers.  Brui

ns?  Look at Brad Marchand.

The difference is that these guys will back up their yapping by dropping the golves.  Lapierre and Burroughs are scared little pussies when called to task on their behaviour.  Much like PK Subban.

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:54 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

The Canucks played in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup for Tebow's sakes.  They are not a crappy team.  Only one team a year can win the Cup.  And Boston won Game 7 - great for them (personally, I am a fan of both teams). 

Every team in the league has yappers . . . don't tell me Patrick Kane isn't a little s..t. Daniel Carcillo?  During Cup run Burish and Eager were huge yappeers.  Brui
ns?  Look at Brad Marchand or Dan Paille.  If you don't have yappers, your team is looking for some of that rat quotient.  When the Canucks didn't have guys like Burrows, Lapierre everyone said they did not have enough attitude and grit.  They add it, and people bitch.   The miss the Cup by 60 minutes . .  and they need to revamp the team.  Just ridiculous. 

When you start winning, people learn to hate.  I can assure you that when the Canucks sucked in the 1970s and 1980s, no one talked about them at all.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:03 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

The biggest problem here is if your going to run your mouth you need to win something. Division titles are nice, and so are conference titles, but until you win The Cup you have nothing to talk about. Boston, Chicago, Detroit, etc. yap it up, you earned it. Vancouver, you need to shut your mouthes and quit whining to the refs and just play hockey. It's that simple, all you have to do is win the big one. Problem is, those who talk a good game usually don't play a good game.

Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:00 pm

Sharks join Recchi with opinion on Canucks

I am a big Canucks fan but I am also a big hockey fan and I will be the first to admit that we don't have a lot of likable players. We certainly have a few guys that yap a bit too much and the biggest thing that I actually agree with Don Cherry with is that we look at refs for penalties to be called instead of just playing through it.
But that being said I know we have a pretty talented team and hope to heck to can a get a cup while we have them but I do fear that last year was our best chance. 
Go Canucks 

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