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Kesler’s agent believes Alain Vigneault has “fallen off a turnip truck”

May 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Hey, remember a few minutes ago when we passed along Alain Vigneault’s take on Ryan Kesler’s struggles this season?

Turns out Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, has a real problem with the coach’s assertion that a shoulder injury wasn’t the reason Kesler’s “performance slipped” (Vigneault’s words) this season.

“I am not a doctor, I’m a lawyer, but after having conversations with the player and with the club, anyone who thinks this injury did not affect his play must have fallen off a turnip truck,” Overhardt told The Province today.

No word if the Canucks’ coach has indeed fallen off a turnip truck, but if he hasn’t, it seems we’ve got another soap opera in Vancouver.

I guess somebody had to step up in Cody Hodgson’s absence.

  1. kitshky - May 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Considering that Kessler took heat for coming back too early, and for being somewhat selfish putting his wishes above the teams priorities, my first thought when I read Vigneault’s comments was that he was attempting to deflect negative criticism away from Kessler … not heaping on.

    I don’t think this is going to be much of a story moving forward .. .of course I’m rarely right so this is probably the beginning of the end and Kesler will be wearing Columbus colours by the end of the month.

  2. comeonnowguys - May 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Actually, AV didn’t fall off of a turnip truck. Someone got a stick near him, and he jumped off, looking for a ref as he fell to the pavement.

    • ballistictrajectory - May 24, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      While whipping his head back and performing a pirouette that would shame the most devoted ballerina.

      • danphipps01 - May 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        You mean Mike Smith? =D

  3. bcisleman - May 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    One theory as to the origin of the turnip truck cliche:

    In 1836 there was a great famine in Europe and the only produce available were turnips. People would gather around the wagons as they approached and were often hit by them causing brain damage.'just_fell_off_the_turnip_truck'_come_from

    In modern times, the phrase was popularized by the late Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.

    • taytay099 - May 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Heeeeereee’s Johnny!

  4. sergeikremlin - May 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Vigneault questioning the effects of injuries on his own players, while he chews gum and laughs behind the bench, just rubs me the wrong way. I can’t think of other coaches around the league who do this kind of thing.

    It’s one thing to say it about your young, unproven, top prospect (who is now gone, partly in thanks to Vigneault’s medical opinion), but it’s another level of ballsiness (it’s a word now) when you say it about your workhorse, highly paid, fan favourite superstar.

    He doesn’t make it hard for agents to hate him, and Gillis is left to clean up the mess, of Alain Vigneault, M.D.

  5. Doesnotmatter - May 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Where is Dr.Recchi when you need him? I’m not a doctor but watching Kesler play against the Kings I could see that his shoulder was really bothering him. His balance was off and he kept falling down.

  6. warrenlevine - May 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Tabarnack! What you means I am in da turnip trucks? I almost win de Cup las’ year ‘cep dose tappettes can not find de puck in da nets! Va peter dans les fleurs, silly English-speaking Kannnnnigits, or I will taunt you one more time-a.

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