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Canucks coach Vigneault to address chirping, other nonsense

Apr 13, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT


If there’s one difference I’ve noticed between last year’s Canucks fans and this year’s, it’s their willingness (or lack thereof) to excuse their team’s embellishing and other antics.

Yesterday when I tweeted that Ryan Kesler should knock off the extracurricular nonsense, it was met with almost universal support from followers in Vancouver.

Apparently Canucks coach Alain Vigneault is feeling the same way.

“I think we’ve proven in the past we’re a better team when we play whistle to whistle and we play hockey,” he said, as per The Province. “Maybe those will be some of the things we’re going to address.”

It’s not totally clear how Vigneault plans to address the chirping, but it should be noted UPS just delivered a crate of these to the Canucks’ dressing room.


  1. sunking1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Somewhere a Dominatrix is smiling

  2. mgp1219 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    it’s just lip service from vigneault

    • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      I don’t think so. Last year, Gillis and AV were said to have told Kesler and Burrows to cool it so that they could focus more on production.

      Burrows was relatively fine last game. Kesler though had a total brain fart.

      • mgp1219 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Do they really need to be reminded of that all the time?

      • rdurk86 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Looks like their guidance has really set in….

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        @mgp1219, why wouldn’t they? These guys are professional athletes, they do their jobs in direct competition with someone else who (in Kesler’s case – Mike Richards) spends the night hacking, jabbing, cross-checking, shoving.. you don’t think guys get frustrated and forget their coaching?

        Hell look at guys like Ben Eager and Dan Carcillo who go out and hurt their team every night – is it so unbelievable that a player with some skill falls back on their instincts on a semi-regular basis?

        The fact is that this series is going to be full of hatred. The Kings were guilty on Wednesday too, Matt Greene spent the night whining to officials and Richards agitated all night but since the Kings won (and there isn’t a sizeable contingent of haters for that team) nobody’s heard a peep about it.

  3. mrpickled - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Professional divers!

    • rdurk86 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Doesn’t “playing hockey” involve “staying on your feet”?

  4. pastabelly - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Vigneault is so arrogant and smug himself that it rubs off on the team. He sets the tone there. This is a reflection on him. He’s a punk who still excuses the excess diving, biting, and cheap shots. The chirping is just part of the overall equation of a very hatable team. Note to Canucks fans. We don’t hate you or the city of Vancouver. It’s the players and coach who are a detestable bunch and fun to watch lose.

    • bcousy - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      What a relief to know that there are teams out there like the Bruins, whose coach is never hypocritical (e.g. taking Lapierre to task for the finger taunt, vowing his players would never do it, immediately followed by Recchi and Lucic doing just that in the next game) and whose players are loathe to dish out cheap shots (Marchand slew-footing and low-bridging about anyone, Lucic on Miller, and Chara semi-on-purpose on Pacioretty).

      Note to NHL fans: Take a long look in the mirror. Every team has guys that are a little dirty, that trash talk, that embellish on occasion to try to get a call. Some (like the Canucks) have more than others (and we Canucks fans would love to see them tone it down a bit, even if the extent of the problem and the vitriol is way overblown, particularly here in the Boston media), but there isn’t one team in the league that isn’t living in that glass house, so give it a rest.

  5. davebabychreturns - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I will say this – I don’t like the taunting, embellishing, diving, etc.

    That being said apparently after a whistle on Wednesday Alex Burrows scraped a pile of snow off the ice and offered it to Mike Richards – even though I’d prefer players on the Canucks stick to playing hockey rather than testing their standup material, that is pretty god damned funny.

    • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      I admit, as far as post-whistle taunting goes, Burrows’ snow gag was far wittier than name-calling.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Burrows bit him you moron – any taunting was totally irrelevant compared to what he did. As for the Lucic hit and the Chara hit – you are wrong. You seriously think Chara was trying to line him up and push him into that?? You give him far too much credit.

    Put Julien next to Vigneault any day of the week and I’ll take Claude every time and twice in game 7. Humble, polite and professional. I agree with whomever pointed out the Canucks learn the attitude from their coach – arrogant whiner. It isn’t just in Boston that people feel this way gents….

    • salmon90 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      thanks for your objectivity. Who’s whining here?

  7. cameltoews - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Haha I’m from ny and I definitely feel the Vancouver Canucks think they are playing European soccer with their flops and whining and that’s from a very limited time seeing them play. I understand everyone had that person on their team (we had to deal with Avery’s antics) but come on biting?

  8. soro17 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Two simple rules for every hockey player to follow:

    1. If you don’t want your hair pulled, but your hair (long hair is for girls);

    2. If you don’t want your finger bitten, don’t put it in someone’s mouth.

    • soro17 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      … but your hair or cut your hair, whichever works best.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      You’re right. That totally absolves the person doing the hair pulling and biting.

    • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Why I’ve never understood the biting issue is simply that I have no idea what Burrows was “supposed” to do when someone’s dirty gloved finger was jamming into his mouth? Biting is dumb, but he’s tied up, the refs aren’t helping and he’s in a no-win situation. If he doesn’t react, he gets called weak like the Sedins for not getting into it.

      What sort of moron plunges his finger into someone’s mouth and is then surprised that he’s bitten? I don’t get it. What would Burrows critics recommend in this situation? Should he suppress the gag reflex on Bergeron like Jack Edwards is used to doing?

      Not everyone is going to blow your team. Get over it.

      • bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Actually Bergeron was very lucky Burrows bit his finger. Burrows could have went with the second option which was bringing his hockey stick up between Bergeron.s legs so hard Bergeon would still be picking splinters out of his butt crack.

  9. txhockeydad - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I live in Houston, have no NHL team, and hate Vancouver. When I watch hockey with my 9 yr old squirt, I point to Vancouver as how NOT to play. Riots, biting, what’s next?

    • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      It’s a shame. Not many kids in Vancouver aspire to throw dirty hits or agitate (like just about any kid watching hockey anywhere). Instead, they all want to cycle like the Sedins or win faceoffs like Manny Malholtra.

      Kids are smart. Let them watch incredibly skilled players and tune out the moronic element of any NHL team.

  10. txhockeydad - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Vancouver should just play soccer. Much better fit. It’s like the ‘hockey code’ never made it there. Except for Manny M. I wish him a trade. Class.

  11. dropthepuckeh - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Bergeron didn’t put his fingers in his mouth he pushed his glove in his face and Burrows opened his mouth and bit him. Its a play that occurs after whistles all the time of which I am sure you are very much aware. What I recommend is be a man and don’t bite first of all and second of all drop your gloves and back it up if you are going to play that style of hockey.

    Nobody outside of B.C. likes Vancouver. Suck on that warpstonebc. It was a pleasure to watch your team lose last year and I look forward to watching it again this year.

    • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      LOL. Keep on spreading the love dude.

      I admit it really sucks that my team lost. It’s deeply affected my self worth and overall life. You know, I’ll take your advice. I should suck on it!

      Man it’s shameful to be a Canucks fan. It’s awful knowing only one team was better than us last year. Just horrid. I’m so so very sorry for supporting such a vile and disgusting team.:P


    • joeyjojoshabadoo - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Yesterday, Maclean’s released a poll of Canadians asking who was their most hated Canadian hockey team. Obviously the Canucks right? Wrong.

      Toronto 19%
      Montreal 15%
      Vancouver/Ottawa 4%
      Oilers/Calgary 3%
      Winnipeg 1%

      51% didn’t hate any Canadian hockey teams.

      35% of Canadians said they would support the Canucks in the playoffs. Including half of all respondents from AB/SK/MB.

      Now for the really fun part, the Canucks were voted the cleanest playing, strongest Canadian team in the same poll, and were just edged by the Canadiens for ‘most admired’.

      So it seems like people outside of BC are actually Ok with the Canucks, internet blowhards to the contrary.

  12. hibackhand - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    ha ha ball gag… “Bring out the gimp!”

  13. jason9696 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    “We Are All Canucks”?. What a joke. I’m from Canada and could never cheer for them.

    As for AV addressing the Canucks on chirping? Good luck with that. Burrows will be chirping tonight like he always does.

    • scottybcboy - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Agreed, before last year I was partially a Canuck fan, being from BC and all, but after the last 14 months I just can’t do it anymore. The Canucks are so embarrassing to a hardnosed hockey fan, I am almost ashamed of my city…(walked the seawall today, still pretty proud).

  14. loinstache - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Waahhhh Canucks waaahh wahhh Canucks waaahhh

    after a solid year of you people whining and chirping about the Canucks (ironically about them being whiners and chirpers), it is so difficult to take any of you seriously. you all sounds like snotty-nosed pre schoolers quick to just scream and complain.

    as kesler said in the 09 series against the blues: give your balls a tug you effin pansies. waahh wahh canucks waahh

  15. dropthepuckeh - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Did Kelser say that as he pretended to get tripped and looked like he got shot?? If the Canucks had half the balls of the average team the rest of the world might stop making fun of them. The only thing better is the guys on here who get yeast infections when people point out how lame their team is. Nothing but love Canucks. Love to see you lose!!

    Goodnight Vancouver;)

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