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Vancouver columnist calls out excessive Canucks coverage in column about Canucks

Jan 18, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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When Canucks forward Ryan Kesler responded to his coach’s mild criticism with a snippy retort, we pounced on the “story” like any respectable traffic-hungry blog. It wasn’t because we love to stir the pot. It’s because you jackals out there in internet land are always clicking on that sort of stuff. That’s right – it’s YOUR fault we peddle controversy.


At least one veteran Vancouver newspaper columnist is sick and tired of the media sensationalizing every Canucks sound bite.

Writes Ed Willes of The Province:

Look, we understand we’re contributing to that cycle by reacting to a reaction. But this isn’t about Kesler and [Alain] Vigneault so much as it’s about this market and the way the Canucks are covered.

The issue, of course, isn’t quantity. The issue is the coverage is a mile wide and an inch deep.

There are any number of reasons for that and we don’t have the space to explore them all. But whatever used to pass for a thoughtful discourse on the team and the league has been replaced by an immature, knee-jerk reaction to anything that occurs outside the carefully managed team bubble.

Willes is clearly calling out the media. However, he also seems to be blaming the Canucks organization for protecting/coaching their players to the point that the media can only make mountains out of molehills…because molehills are all the media’s being given.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre isn’t quite ready to take the blame for running with the Kesler quote.

There were many things Kesler could have said when Vigneault’s moderate observation was relayed to him. But by reacting the way he did, defensively, churlishly, Kesler turned the issue into something more. That wasn’t the media’s fault; it was the player’s.

MacIntyre added later in the column:

We’re not sure what Kesler thought about it Tuesday because after being unavailable to the media in the morning, when the Canucks changed their media-access policy, the assistant captain also failed to show for reporters in the first 15 minutes post-game, before deadlines called many of the wretches away.

And that wasn’t passive aggressive at all.

Anyway, Kesler went pointless for the third straight game last night in the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Kings. Probably because he hates his coach.

  1. haterzgonahate - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Jesus.. leave Kesler alone

    you too Mohammed

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      Must suck when you realize your last season wasn’t a breakout one but a complete fluke.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:41 AM

        I don’t care about thumbs down, but wow, at least 5 Canucks fans hate the truth when it’s put in such stark terms. On that note: Kesler is not an elite player. The Boston Bruins are better than the Vancouver Canucks. Most Canucks fans will not take a cab home because they prefer to hop on the bandwagon.

        In all seriousness, Kesler is a career 20 – 25 goal scorer and just happened to score 41 last year. He’s got 12 in 42 games this year. That works out to *gasp* 23 goals this year.

        Remember that year Jason Blake scored 40 goals? Yeah, anyone can do it.

  2. sanjosecupcrazy - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Jesus….. The players cry up there, the coach cries, the media cries, the fans cry……..

    It’s like you Vancouver rejects are all collectively watching Beaches together 24/7.

    So glad to see you freaks all up in arms. When we knock you out of the playoffs this summer down in San Jose, it will be nice to tell your 2,000 fans who make the trip to climb back on their moose and gallop for the border.

    Puck the Nucks!

    • blomfeld - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      God bless you Mister “San Jose Cup Lover” …

      nonetheless, I categorically reject your remarks based on the following facts:

      1) I’m a decent, red-blooded “values-driven” man who lives in Vancouver

      2) from my home, a crow can reach Rogers Arena within 5 minutes “flying time”

      3) I’m highly opposed to violent “metro-sexual” arsonists, car-flippers and thieves

      4) I do not support the Canucks as I consider them to be a criminal organization

      5) my favorite of all time is the LA Kings and we won here last night ! :)

      • sanjosecupcrazy - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:40 AM

        Good to know there are some decent hockey fans left up there! (Kings…. eh….. I’ll let that slide….. Heck of a lot better than being a Canucks fan).

        So, I used to think the Canucks were cool….. Until their players started flopping around….. and their coach started crying all the time….. and their fans came down to our arena during the playoffs last year and acted like Raider fans….. and then promptly lit their town on fire when they didn’t win in the finals.

        What is amazing to me is that, from what I read, the rest of Canada hates them too. No one roots for you, Vancouver. You’re the North Korea / Iran of hockey: no one likes you, no one sympathizes with you and everyone wishes you would just go away.

        I LOVE Canadian people….. but you guys above the line up there can have the Vancouverites. Please keep them on your side of the border.

      • blomfeld - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        Mahmoud Ahmadinejad = Mike Gillis

        sanjosecupcrazy – Don’t despair my friend, as there are plenty of excellent hockey fans around the province of British Columbia … it’s the ones who live here in Vancouver and surrounding suburbs who have given the city and team such a bad reputation. You’ll find that these people are typically young, spoiled, arrogant, narcissistic, childish, ignorant and violent, yet they think that the world is their oyster. I’ve commented here before, how embarrassing I find it when these punks travel en masse to an arena down south and start singing O’Canada together like the disrespectful idiots they are. Anyway, the proof is always in the pudding, as was made clearly evident here last June. The irony with that however, is that these cowards would never have been so brazen if we had a North Korean or Iranian anti-riot squad policing our streets that night.

    • demons87 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      That must be why it’s so rainy in Seattle. All of the Canucks’ (and their fans) tears are falling on Seattle.

  3. ikillchicken - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    No, don’t you see? Now you’ve just added another layer to it.

    “Vancouver columnist calls out excessive Canucks coverage in column about Canucks, is subsequently called out by former Vancouver columnist in column about columnists who write about excessive columns covering Canucks.”

    And now I have a headache.

  4. blomfeld - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM


    Kesler’s a good guy and an invaluable member of the Canucks … and thus there was never anything to this “apparent” story. However, what this does is to serve as another reminder of the “suicidal” direction which our society as a whole continues to hurtle along. In my opinion, our accelerating desire for ever-faster and ever-invasive “connectivity” is leading us to an absolute abyss, from which as a species, I fear we will not be able to recover. In many ways we’re like a car racing down a mountain road completely out of control … and yet instead of applying the brakes, we’re stomping on the gas pedal ! What will people say in 5 or 10 years time ? … “oh yes, those were the good ole days back in 2012, when it only took 5 seconds for a mountain to be out of a molehill” ? … or perhaps … “I sure miss those peaceful days in 2012 when I only got 300 text messages per hour” ? The bottom line is that the path we’re on is simply not sustainable … at some point this entire “instant” connectivity crap is going to throw us all over a cliff ! … and God help us when that happens … 😦

  5. wschopp - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    When are Canucklehead fans going to understand that their team is headed into Washington Crapitals land? Both teams have players who constantly whine and have a few players who are overrated – read Luongo and Ovechkin into that. Sedin twins are great and so is Backstrom on the Caps. Both teams do very well in the regular season only to collapse in the playoffs, but the Canucks went a bit further than the Caps did before collapsing. How can the Canucks score a grand total of 8 goals in a 7 game Stanley Cup Final series and still think there is nothing wrong with your team? Canucks fans can hate Boston all they want, but the bottom line is, the Bruins are a well oiled machine and know how to get the job done. For the record, I am not a Bruins fan, I just tell it like it is.

  6. hsnepts - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Whatever trolls. Im a lifelong nucks fan, and I can tell you other nucks fans what the rest of the world knows – Kesler is not an elite scorer. He’s a damn fine player though, and would be #1 center on some bad teams. But he’s not an offensive all-star. 15 even strength goals for Kes is a good season (you can’t count pp goals playing with the Sedins).

    I think AV should drop Kes to the 3rd line with Hansen and ? and tell him to get back to his Selke-type game. That’s what Kes does best. Give Hodgson the reigns to run the second offensive unit. Honestly our team doesn’t need more goals, we need better team defense.

    The highlight-reel educated masses don’t know what Kesler is capable of defensively, but he hasn’t been nominated for the Selke 3 times for nothing.

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