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Canucks GM addresses Bolland comments

Dec 14, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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Canucks general manager Mike Gillis was quick to come to the defense of Henrik and Daniel Sedin this morning on Team 1040 radio in Vancouver.

When asked about Dave Bolland’s comments in which the Chicago forward called the Sedins the “sisters,” Gillis provided a thoughtful response — he compared the twins to former Rangers and Bruins star Jean Ratelle, a player that never shied away from going to the tough areas of the ice despite all the abuse he took from the opposition.

“[The Sedins] go in the corner and they get the puck and they play with the puck against the other team’s top defensemen, top lines, every night and they produce,” said Gillis.

He makes a great point.

Look, everyone knows the Sedins didn’t have a very good Stanley Cup final. They admitted as much themselves. But consider the defensemen they went up against in the playoffs – Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Zdeno Chara.

Henrik finished second in playoff scoring, Daniel fourth.

And while it’s fair to criticize the twins for not producing against the Bruins, don’t forget to credit Chara and Tim Thomas. The best shutdown defenseman in the NHL. The best goalie. On a team that plays great defensive hockey. Yeah, the Sedins lost the battle. There are worse battles to lose.

As someone who’s watched the Sedins closely since they came into the league, I can say they’re among the most humble superstars in sports. They’re just…good people. They donated $1.5 million to help build a new BC Children’s Hospital. When time ran out in Game 7 of the Cup final, they immediately went over and shook hands with the referees.

“These guys are great players,” said Gills. “They’re leaders on their team. They’re leading in their community.”

As for Bolland?

“If someone wants to take a shot at them after all the accomplishments, especially the last three years, it certainly rings hollow in my ears.”

  1. haterzgonahate - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    and the soap opera carries one…

    be sure to tune in next week to “days of our NHL lives” when we find out who else in the league is dying for attention..

  2. taytay099 - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    I don’t like to admit it, but Dave Bolland is one of the best shut down centres to ever play against the Sedins. As much as a hate him for it I have to respect him. I’ll never forget how he came back from that concussion and outplayed us in the playoffs forcing a game 7.

    • haterzgonahate - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM

      unfortunately… his big mouth continues to sully his on ice performances. yes he’s a good player. but let this go man… seriously. time to move on

  3. loinstache - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    It’s actually hilarious to me, as (along with scoring titles) one has a Hart and the other a Ted Lindsay… you know, those awards given to outstanding players as chosen within the NHL. Just makes Bolland sound simple and goonish.

  4. charlutes - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    I think you are missing the point. Bolland said “sisters” because the Sedins are soft. Not because they aren’t great players. And yes, they are soft. So Bollabds comments make perfect sense, regardless of how many points they score.

    A more appropriate response is: who cares if they’re soft, they score goals, if that’s how coach feels.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Soft is certainly arguable (and completely subjective to an individual’s definition) considering the body strength they play with going in against all those large/strong D-men in the corners when they play the cycle game. Just because they don’t lay out crunching body checks, or get into fights, or even show how tough they are by trash-talking players (maybe even to their faces!) doesn’t mean their soft and shy away from anything physical.

    • haterzgonahate - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      and in your opinion… define soft? soft as in.. won’t fight? let me guess.. here comes the Marchand punching bag reference.. cause taking repeated punches to the face and not retaliating isn’t supposed to draw a penalty or anything so your powerplay can go to work and give your team an advantage? ya.. how soft.

      watch a game and take note the abuse these guys take game after game without missing a single shift. the only thing soft about the twins is their hands.. thus the beautiful goals.

      Dave Bolland aint exactly striking fear in his opponents…

      hey look a bridge!
      /watches water flow under it

  5. charlutes - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    I totally agree. They are soft because they do shy away from everything physical.

  6. sasquatch16 - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Anyone who says Sedins are soft obviously never watches them. The punishment they put up with and rate of production they continue at year after year is unmatched in today’s game.Not Crosby, not Malkin, not Ovechkin, not Zetterberg, not Datsyuk (yes I am channeling Ron Pompei) no one of these players have put up as consistent numbers as the Sedin’s over the last 4 years. If you call them soft you are ignorant and I would say not a fan of great hockey.

  7. danphipps01 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Calling the Sedins soft is about as accurate as calling Crosby soft – it relies on the flagrantly moronic assumption that toughness can only be shown in the form of hits and fighting. Crosby goes into the corners, rolls off of hit after hit after hit, and makes the play – actually, I remember a PHT article a couple weeks or so ago made the point that Crosby actually THRIVES on going into the tough areas, rolling off the hit and making the play. And the Sedins do much the same thing – they’re down behind the net, directly out to the sides of the net, in the toughest, hittiest places in the offensive zone, making their plays in the unpleasant areas. By definition, they play a tough game.

    But to guys like Bolland, toughness can only be shown in the form of ridiculous, overblown posturing to prove how much of a masculine stereotype you are. Tough guys hit. Tough guys fight. Tough guys offer hilariously antiquated sexist soundbytes to the cameras for attention. Et cetera.

    Nobody ever won a Hart or an Art Ross by being “soft,” Dave, but realizing that involves using your head a little – and real men don’t think, do they?

  8. clavette - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    Correct me if im wrong but im pretty sure I remember one of these sisters taking multiple punches to the face from marchand in the finals last year and doing nothing about it. Ya they’re pretty soft

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