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Krys Barch regarding Maxim Lapierre: “I don’t know if he has an ounce of man in him”

Jun 8, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

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Ever since Game 1 of the Cup Final and Bitegate, the topic of conversation has been as much about extracurricular activities as its been about the actual play on the ice. Instead of talking about thrilling last second victories or shocking overtime game-winning goals during the off days, we’ve seen plenty of stories talking about Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron or Maxim Lapierre trying to get Bergeron to bite him back. All of this on the sport’s biggest stage.

Plenty of fans have expressed their disgust since the series started. When the officials and league refused to penalize or fine Lapierre for his taunting in Game 2, it opened up a can of worms no one wanted to see. In Game 3, both Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic stuck their fingers in Lapierre’s face in response to his actions in Game 2. The problem is this: as ridiculous as everyone’s actions have been, nothing really breaks any rules. An official could have issued an unsportsmanlike minor—but the taunt itself didn’t break any written rules.

After Lapierre’s actions though, a current NHL player has finally had enough of the ridiculous antics. Dallas Stars’ enforcer Krys Barch used his Twitter account to blast Vancouver’s current pest:

“I can’t stand watching #40 and not even playing the game. I don’t know if he has an ounce of man in him. I’d be embarrassed to be his father.”

After sharing his thoughts, Barch appeared on TSN Radio 1050 to further explain his viewpoint:

“I would not allow my son to do the same. It’s absolutely embarrassing. It’s too bad right now that the rules in place protect this class of player, [one] that pretty much has no class.


“I had a few personal text messages from players throughout the league that pretty much said ‘I wish I could say it, but I can’t. But, I absolutely agree with you’.”

Whether you agree or disagree with his viewpoint, it’s good to see an athlete standing behind his comments after his tweets made waves. He didn’t delete the comment and he didn’t say they were taken out of context. That alone is precedent that all athletes could follow.

We always hear about the unwritten rules of sports and how each sport usually will police itself. In baseball, if a guy steals signs from the catcher, he’ll catch a fastball in the middle of his back next at bat. The most obvious example in hockey is when a star player is hit, the opponent knows there will be a price to pay. It sounds like Lapierre may have a little answering to do next season—and not just against the Bruins.

What do you think of Krys Barch’s comments? Are you glad that an NHL player had the guts to openly speak his mind? Or would you rather he just shut up and watched the Cup Final like the rest of us?

  1. warpstonebc - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Who’s Krys Barch?

    As far as I can tell from his wikipedia entry, he’s most notable for losing 8 teeth to a Chelios high stick.

  2. rg617 - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:58 AM

    Spoken like someone who

  3. rg617 - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    Damned phone.

    Spoken like a true hockey fan with a vast knowledge of NHL players. I don’t know which is less surprising, someone with BC in their login defending a Vancouver player who has been known as a sissy and a maggot going back to his days in Montreal or said poster trying to ridicule/dismiss someone who actually plays professionally and has firsthand knowledge of the game. Feel free to enlighten us with another excuse as to why I’ve heard that well over two dozen players are using Twitter to root against Vancouver (not *for* Boston) due to how disliked they are thanks to their bush league antics. Face it: That team has earned some well-deserved scorn and the accompanying reputation of classless because they deserve it… right down to the coach and players taking veiled shots at Horton and crying at Rome’s suspension. Pathetic.

    • canuckdude82 - Jun 8, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      So i guess Recchi and Lucic rank pretty low too ?

      • savoirlaire - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

        Again, that’s all you maggots can say when the entire world calls you out? The lot of you Canuck fans on here are as pathetic as your cheap shot, diving, taunting team. Recci and Lucic are like friggin paragons of virtue compared to Rome and Burrows and Lapierre. Burrows doesn’t bite Bergeron like a pussy, and Maximum dickhead doesn’t try to then taunt him about it (before Lucic or Recchi did it, of course), then none of this happens…anyone can pretty much figure that one out.

        “But Recchi…but Lucic…but Chara…boo hoo!!” Shut the FU, loser, whining excuse making Canuck fans! Even if your team ends up winning this thing, you still suck!!

      • warpstonebc - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        Keep riding the same dead horse savoirlaire. Here’s a newsflash, nobody like the Bruins either.

        Yerdon’s crap about the Canucks being the most hated team is amusing because it has always been this way with winning teams. Players hated the Devils and Oilers in their heydays as well. It’s hack journalism and only plays to his American market.

        The really amusing part about Boston fans is how they see absolutely nothing odd about all the conflict of interest that’s been in their favour for years. Nobody outside of your town thinks your team is clean either, but you also have the special status of having the guy in charge of discipline and officiating ragging on referees for calls that go against your player, his son! Seriously, you should think twice before you open the “everyone hates you” door for debate.

        We;ve had a finger and a late hit. You got your arbitrary justice. Move on please if your sense of entitlement can allow you to do that.

      • nhlbruins90 - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Julien dropped the boom on Lucic and Recchi when they responded in Game 3. And we can all understand how they responded out of raw emotion. Boston has taken the high road, and Julien has kept them focussed on winning the series.

      • hystoracle - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        Since when has Boston started taking the “high road”.

        “your cheap shot, diving, taunting team” could just as easily describe the Bruins as the Canucks. That is like the Pot calling the Kettle Black.

        The Bruins have been guilty of taking dives, taunting, and taking cheap shots throughout the playoffs as well. The one difference is the Canucks have some players that come from the Matt Cooke school of playing hockey. There have been much dirtier hits in these playoffs that haven’t resulted in suspensions some not even penalties. And they involve just about every team that participated. (Except maybe Phoenix but they never really participated.) Rome has taken the brunt of the NHL’s lack of disciplinary action from the first game in the first round. My only concern is for consistency going forward. The next hit we see like that regardless of the color jersey that is worn should result in the same penalty. Only time will tell if that will happen.

        Boston Fan, I appreciate your passion for your team, but you need to throw some perspective and objectivity into your myopic view once in a while.

      • savoirlaire - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        Boy, go to meeting and miss all this new arguing! Damn…

        O’l Tampa fan hystorical and the usual Canuck suspects on here still just don’t get it…the story here is what Burrows did and what Rome did. Nobody gives a sh-t, and nobody other than you is talking about what Recchi and Lucic did, or what Chara did weeks ago, or even really what Lapierre did. It all comes from the bite and the blindside. Those are the two dominant stories and events here, without a doubt, and every time they are brought up all of you just bitch and whine “but the Bruins are dirty and divers too.” Man up and admit that Burrows and Rome have caused the main problems here. I’ll say it again– everyone else, including many non-Bruin fans, have reached this obvious conclusion

    • warpstonebc - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      No one’s taking veiled shots at Horton. It’s a actually pretty straight forward: you keep your head up on the ice. Rome was, by Mike Murphy’s estimation, a second late. You are taught from a young age that you are ultimately the biggest factor in your own health and how you anticipate contact.

      Nobody wanted to see Horton concussed. But these are the playoffs where games are even tighter and more physical than the regular season. You cannot afford to daydream at the blue-line. Rome’s hit was late, so he deserves the major, game and a suspension for one or two games. But Horton had his own role to play in his injury as does any other player who does not have situational awareness in open-ice.

      I know, I’m going to get all sort of histrionics in response to this. But in the real world, this is how the game is played. You keep your head up, especially in cases where you are likely to take a late hit. Horton doesn’t admire his pass to Lucic and this is at best a 2 minute minor like most other late hits in the playoffs.

      • mjdkid100 - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        His head was up. There was enough time for him to pass, hesitate, and then begin to take skating strides multiple times before the hit was laid. You look stupid right now.

      • warpstonebc - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        He was admiring his pass. You can’t do this in the NHL (let alone the playoffs) and expect to have a long career.

        Keep pushing that drama button Boston fans. It doesn’t change the underlying way the game is played. There will always be late hits. The only difference between this one and countless others that have happened this season is that Horton was completely unaware and that led to him not being able to avoid the back of his head hitting the ice.

        Seriously dude. These hits happen all the time and suddenly it’s a 4 game suspension because a Bruins player is involved.

  4. shaqattaqer - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Takes a big man to taunt someone who is still playing on twitter, when theyre sitting at home – having played for a team who had to win to get in and couldnt do it. Sounds like some sour grapes from a fringe player.

    • shaqattaqer - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      Haha why do so many people hate this? Everyone scores from the sidelines, too.

  5. govtminion - Jun 8, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    There’s something to be said for both parts of the argument. Barch is right- LaPierre is one of the most gutless players in the NHL, and that’s nothing new from him- he was the same way in Montreal. And the other part of it- should Barch keep his yap shut- is also correct. Being right doesn’t mean you should open your mouth about it- he’s not exactly a paragon of goodness and light either, after all.

  6. hystoracle - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Why is Barch even commenting on this? Because someone asked him a question? Dude, go back to the golf course. Your team choked themselves out of the playoffs.

    The critical diference between Barch and Lapierre is Lapierre is playing in the finals and Barch is just watching them from his LazyBoy.

  7. psousa1 - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Apparently the their is a camera phone video going around (heard about it on the radio this morning) Lapiere was on the bench, hanging over it, flapping his yap as Shawn Thornton was coming off for a line change and Thornton turned, made as if he was ready to throw a punch at him and Lapierre ducked back to his bench so quickly that the fans behind the bench, Pierre McGuire of NBC and the players on the Bruins bench (who saw it) were roaring with laughter. Adam Burt, who is working for, I believe one of the canadian networks, (TSN?) said he and others on press row saw it and they were dying laughing too.

  8. homelanddefense - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    “The really amusing part about Boston fans is how they see absolutely nothing odd about all the conflict of interest that’s been in their favour for years. Nobody outside of your town thinks your team is clean either, but you also have the special status of having the guy in charge of discipline and officiating ragging on referees for calls that go against your player, his son! ”

    That pretty amazing war considering Campbell has only been on Boston for this season. Maybe get your facts straight before you type. And its not like Boston got any favorable treatment from the league with the Savard hit, or the Burrows bite.

    The Bruins might not be squeeky clean, but at least they will man up and be accountable for their actions. They dont slash, hit from behind, dive, etc and then run away from the consequences like Vancouver does. Lapierre is really tough when he is face to face with a non tough guy or from behind in the pile, and will never stand up for himself when the chips are down.

    The LEAGUE hates the Cannucks for a reason and its not because they are winning. If that were the case there would be countless articles and players attacking Boston right now (outside of British Columbia) Go read stories on Yahoo or ESPN all the comments are people saying how much they hate boston but they are cheering for them because Vancouver is so unlikable.

    • ctchewy1016 - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      I’m an Avalanche fan and being a rather neutral party, I would say it’s no contest, Vancouver has been the dirtier team in the finals, BY FAR. No Boston haven’t been saints, but relatively speaking, the Canucks should be ashamed. Every time someone on these boards state that elemental truth, Canuck fans jump in there and with the ‘but the Bruins aren’t any better’, or ‘what about what Recchi did’ or ‘What about Chara?’. I guess it’s how they salve their wounds in BC! If there is any justice in hockey at all, the Bruins will win this series. They’ve played better AND cleaner over all, and I’d hate to have the names of some of those Canucks players (esp Lapierre and Burrows) sullying the sanctity of the Stanley Cup.

      • warpstonebc - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:26 PM

        Ha! Too late, there already lots of names like Derian Hatcher already engraved on the cup.

        This is what happens in a league that believes its postseason must be reffed to weaker standards.

  9. homelanddefense - Jun 13, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    I wish they would ref to higher standards and realize what pukes like Lapierre and Burrows are doing. If they called diving anymore the Bruins would have about 10 more power plays in this series.

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