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Sharks players weigh in on Canucks “arrogance”

Nov 25, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

Martin Havlat, Ryane Clowe, Drew Doughty AP

It was only about a week ago when retired NHLer Mark Recchi called the Vancouver Canucks, “the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve ever played against,” over the course of his 22-year career. It’s easy for a guy like Recchi to say something like that—he’s made his mark on the league and he’s busy riding into the sunset. But what do some of the current players think about those comments? Are there others that think the Canucks are “arrogant” and “hated?”

It’s tough to know what everyone thinks—but there are some guys on the San Jose Sharks that agreed with his comments.

Sharks power forward responded to questions about Recchi’s comments in anticipation of the Canucks visiting San Jose on Saturday night. “They’ve got certain guys, and they have [Maxim] Lapierre there who is known for that,” the tough Clowe shared to CSN Bay Area. “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.”

So not only did Clowe say that Lapierre is hated, but he challenged his manhood by saying he’s the kind of guy that doesn’t back it up on the ice. Is there a bigger insult to a fellow NHL player?

Rugged teammate Douglas Murray agreed with Clowe’s assertion that it’s only a few guys on the Canucks. When asked if he disagreed with Recchi’s public comments, Murray was clear in his response: “No. No. I don’t think so… 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.”

Yeah, tomorrow night is going to be fun.

Let’s throw this out to the readers for some conversation. Do you think the Canucks are the most “arrogant” or the most “hated” team in the league? The comment section awaits. Go!

  1. canucklehead3 - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Canuck fan so I’m biased, but the Canuck players that seem to get pointed out often (Burrows,Lapierre, and Kesler) have all said over the last couple seasons that they are no longer like that and now focus on playing whistle to whistle. For Burrows I think it was even a discussion management had to have with him before he was resigned a couple years back. That being said we do seem to look to the refs often after scrums which I’m sure other teams don’t like and I’m sure Bieksa is not liked the same way he is here.

    • nhlbruins90 - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:52 PM

      So, Burrows bites Bergeron, and you say he’s reformed? I don’t think so.

      • dreadpiratesteve - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        Between the diving and the biting incident you cannot say the Canucks are “reformed”. That would be like saying you are in recovery as you take hit on your crack pipe.

    • spitfisher - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:42 PM

      Your assumptions are just that assumptions and the players actions in the last years playoffs run was embarassing to the team. Kool aid is free flowing from the canucks front office…..
      I am somewhat surprised there hasn’t been a riot in vancouver as a result of this article being posted. Seems logical and consistant with the fan base

  2. tommytd - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    I think they’re both…and that goes for their “fans” as well. They’re Canuckleheads.

  3. sonofsamiam - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Lapierre is a stain, that’s no secret. Unfortunately for the Canucks, he isn’t the only one that hurts the teams’ image. Burrows, Bieksa and Kesler also lack integrity, and ultimately, hurt the Canucks as much as they help them.

    • haterzgonahate - Nov 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      ya i’m sure the Canucks can’t sleep at night because of the “image” the media is painting. LOL

      1 win away from the cup.. but ya your right.. all those players you mentioned are terrible, and i bet no team would be lining up to sign them if they were all to become free agents.

      the Canucks “kool-aid” isn’t as strong as the haterade the media is serving up! keep sipping people

  4. bcousy - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Looks like a lot of these posters need to get some new material, or better yet — take a nap.

  5. smithmike4 - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Gooo sharkkksss

  6. canucks18 - Nov 26, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Some of you continue to state that the “fan base” is do bad and that rioting is something the “fan base” is accustomed to but what you don’t understand is that it’s not the “fan base” but it is a handful of morons that do the dumb stuff and you people are no better for piling on with the comments. Every team and every fan base has players/fans that people don’t like.

  7. bigtganks - Nov 26, 2011 at 3:25 AM


    Now retired player on last years team who won it calls out team they beat in seven games… SIX MONTHS AGO!!!!

    You’d think this is the basketball talk. Is it REALLY that slow today? Are we going to talk about Prongers exit from edmonton, bertuzzis hit on moore, or hash the 04-05 lockout as well?!?!

    There are a LOT more things happening now. The season HAS started!

  8. bigtganks - Nov 26, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Let’s see, next week Predators weigh in on Canucks arrogance, then two weeks from now we’ll let the Hawks weigh in, and then what, it’s the Northwest division rivals, then the rest of the west, then the eastern conf? Like a Friday night weekly arrogance check in and every one gets a turn?! *sarcasm*

  9. tlndma - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Canucks come back to Boston in January. Let’s see if they’ve learned not to “poke the Bear”.

  10. haterzgonahate - Nov 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Ryan Clowe < Lappierre

    Lappy's goal was pretty sick last night.. what's Clowe done lately? ya he's just an angel isn't he? real tough guy that runs goalies consistently. he's just a big mouth goofy Newfie. when the playoffs roll around.. i'll take all the french Canadians i can find for my team next to a Newfie… they're pretty good at the hockey ya know… just ask the Habs (24 stanley cups)

    enuf of this "let's hate on the Canucks" side show… it's getting old. Hockey is an emotional physical sports that can sometimes reduce it's players on any given team to schoolyard antics.. the media however, should be a little more professional.. but they keep proving time and time again that it's just a popularity contest.. and everyones trending @hatecanucks … old news.

    the horse is dead.. quite beating it. maybe you can write more Crosby stories or talk about how fat Kyle Wellwood is..

    the world of internet sports blogging needs an enema.

    • dreadpiratesteve - Nov 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM

      And the award for the stupidest comment all year goes to…..



      Lapierre greater than Clowe???

      Get real you clown. Clowe has more than 50 points the last 3 years.

      Lapierre’s best season? 28 Points! That’s a winner! If I was a Canucks fan I’d be ashamed to count you among my number.

  11. govtminion - Nov 27, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    I hate to generalize any team by the actions of a few players (same with fanbases). The Canucks certainly have their share of jackasses on the team, for sure- Lapierre, Burrows, really Luongo didn’t do himself any favors opening his mouth the past year or so. That doesn’t mean the rest of the team is like that though- I’m not in Vancouver, but I rarely hear anything out of the Sedins, for example.

    Besides, I’m sure I can find players on every team out there- even my Bruins- that would easily qualify the same way.

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