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Dave Bolland backpedals/clarifies his Canucks jabs

Dec 15, 2011, 12:33 AM EDT

Dave Bolland, Mikael Samuelsson AP

Dave Bolland made waves when he called the Sedin twins “sisters” among other insults, so it comes as no surprise that he changed course a bit. Everyone has a different sniff test, but his excuse actually seems semi-feasible to me. He more or less claimed that he was hamming it up on a radio show, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc.

“I’ve got the utmost respect for the Sedin twins and for Alain Vigneault and all the Vancouver Canucks,” Bolland said. “It was just a little bit of  tongue-in-cheek that we had at the little radio show with some of the fans. I’ve got the utmost respect for Vancouver and what they do and what they do on the ice and how they do it. Both of us have a great rivalry going during this season.”

OK, so there’s a solid chance he backpedaled (er, clarified) his statements because a Blackhawks PR guy got to him, but I can picture a scenario in which Bolland felt the urge to troll the Canucks. (Then again maybe he’s stealth trolling them again with an ode to Ricky Bobby’s “Will all due respect …”)

Let’s face it though, when the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks trash-talk each other in the media, it doesn’t really change much in the grand scheme of things. Maybe it alters the material a bit (I picture a “Who are the sisters now?” taunt if the Canucks handle the Hawks on Jan. 31), but the two teams share about as much animosity as huge groups of wealthy athletes can. They can’t really dislike each other more after beating the tar out of each other in three straight playoff years, so this is really just fodder.

So in the end, it entertains us all, which I think everyone can agree is the most important thing.

  1. danphipps01 - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Welp. The Canucks’ll get a good laugh at his expense. It pays to remember the correct order of things – think, THEN talk. Start reversing the two and you’re just going to turn yourself into a punchline. Thanks, Dave. I needed a good laugh.

  2. t16rich - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    Someone ripped Dave Bolland a new one or this statement is never made him.

  3. xxshookonexx - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    “I’ve got the utmost respect for the Sedin twins and for Alain Vigneault and all the Vancouver Canucks,” Bolland said. “I’ve got the utmost respect for Vancouver. The Sedins are obviously tough, look how often they grimace and fall to the ice in pain. You can’t fake that kind of toughness.”

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      Singlehandedly bringing soccer to hockey.

  4. rwmilli - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    ^^^ as I said to every other idiot like you, toughness isn’t a factor when your a 100 point scorer get off there nuts :)

    • WeWantTheCup - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      Toughness is playing against the best d men in the league night in and night out and not missing any games due to minor injuries like other so called “tough” players.

      • bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        Yep, Bolland his missed FAR more games in his career than the twins COMBINED.

        That’s tough. Who’s soft, and who’s not?

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      Those Regular Season Stanley Cup trophies are awesome.

      • bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        Hawks and Bruins win a trophy after 50 years, and think they’ve got bragging rights for another 50.

  5. bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Nice “read” statement.

    Just be as real as your first statement; like, “I got carried away and said some things I shouldn’t have. Deep down, the Sedins are fantastic players as everyone knows and are great examples for the league, and I do respect them. I was just having fun and ended up saying some things I shouldn’t have. That’s my fault.”

    At least it doesn’t sound like the PR secretary wrote something for you.

  6. babar61 - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Nothing is more irritating then when people “clarify” earlier statements. Now, I am a Canucks fan and I think Bolland is a douce…however I have respect for people that say what is actually on their minds and not afraid of being politcally correct and answer every question with a boring dry statment. This is the kind of thing that further adds to the rivalry and makes it more entertaining. When did people become so damn sensative? A little trash talk enhances sports by amping up the emotion. Would people be happier if every answer players gave to questions about opponents was “they are a good team, they can skate, shoot, and pass well. Very solid goaltending. I respect them”.

  7. haterzgonahate - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    seriously… can we move the spotlight to another team or teams? the Canucks did NOT win the cup in fact, they lost it in a terrible way… must we continue to beat the dead horse?

    it was fun for a while but not it’s just old hat.

    how about writing something positive? like how they’re 9-1-1 in their last 11 games? NAWWWW!

    sure just keep the hate machine rolling.

    • bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      No kidding. The NBA doesn’t continue to talk and talk and talk about the Heat losing in the finals.

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