On Thursday afternoon, the retired Mark Recchi told the Bruins' flagship station 98.5 The Sports Hub:
"[In] 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve ever played against," Recchi said. "I couldn’t believe their antics, their falling and diving. It was very frustrating, but at the same time as the series wore on we knew we were getting to them and we knew our physical play and our skating, I think it caught them off guard a little bit."
I think most Canucks fans hear / read that and immediately go on the defensive. I'm doing the opposite. I am entertaining Dr. Recchi's opinions. You know, he might actually be right. Or, mostly correct? Maybe the Canucks are the most arrogant team he has played against. The most hated though? Geez Mark, I don't know. You played for a long time. The Flyers or Habs or Hawks teams of yore could be taken into consideration, no?. But hey, you never know. Our Canucks are/were quite the
villains. I think a lot of this stems from the fact that there is just so much damned media / social networking out there right now. Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one. And the hatred spreads rapidly and immediately nowadays. And it festers. Aside from that, when you have / had a Bieksa, Torres, Burrows, Lapierre, Rome on your team you probably aren't going to make many friends out there. It goes with the turf of their style of play.
The diving? Yeah, I am not going to sit here and deny it. The team does/did it. A lot. I hate it. And, unless I'm seeing things, the refs have wised up to it this season, not calling penalties when a Sedin or a Kesler falls down (legit or not). As a side note, then why not call the diving penalty then? Have they stopped doing that? You know, both guys go off? One for tripping and the other for unsportsmanlike conduct?
Maybe, just maybe, arrogance is a part of the reason why this Canucks team is at 500 and is taking nights off rather than piling up wins. Maybe they are just biding their time before pouring it on. You never truly know a team's full psyche / personality unless you play against them or are a part of their dressing room. So that's why I say "maybe". I can only speculate from what I see on the tv.
Are the Bruins just as or more dirty than the Canucks? Who cares? I just want the Canucks to smarten up and start winning. I hate seeing some similarities between this current team and the one that was in the Finals. There is no progression at this point. And to me, that is what matters most about what Recchi said. It's what I took from it. This team needs to forget the sideshow bullshit and start playing like they want to win. On the scoreboard. In the trenches. Crashing the crease. Cleaning up their own end.
I'm not trying to be a Mark Spector here. I'm not trying to be an antagonist. Maybe I have pissed you off. However this is what I am seeing and is my own two cents. What's yours?
(As for 98.5 The Sports Hub: I see what you did there. Congrats. You got the attention you were absolutely craving).
(And as for Mark Recchi: You have the right to say whatever you want, and this isn't the first time you have ruffled feathers. You are still a BC-born legend in my books).