From The Province, in an interesting article about Drew Doughty and his edgy play against the Canucks, Ryan Kesler was asked about our golden boy:
“He’s fast and he has a skill level to make you pay if you make mistakes. But when John Tortorella came here, he really instilled in us what kind of team we’re going to be. Nobody is diving this year or talking. We’re playing an honest game and a hard game.”
Well, well, well.
That boys and girls is called an admission.
“Nobody is diving” means they were diving.
“Nobody is talking” means they were talking – trash and nonsense.
“We’re playing an honest game” means the game they used to play wasn’t as such.
Do you read that any differently?
This actually isn’t new. John Tortorella even acknowledged the problem and how it may have led to non-calls. Take this nhl.com blog article from October 24, 2013:
“I know the reputation from the outside looking in, when I wasn’t coaching here, everybody outside thought Vancouver dove and did some whining,” Tortorella said. “Our team is not going to dive. Our team has already been talked to. We’re not going to dive. I don’t think there is much whining going on either…”
“Now, I’m certainly not trying to accuse the League or the refs of that, but I know there’s been a reputation. I’ve been in the League long enough, and sometimes that hangs around too. I guess it’s my chance to say we’re going to be an honest team, we’re trying to be an honest team, and I hope we get some … calls along the way.”
So the team and its players, at least select players, admit they were diving and trash talking pussies.
That is good but I would be surprised if it lasts. Know why? Because push hasn’t shoved yet. When the games matter the most, the playoffs, and their backs are against the boards, Alexandre Burrows, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Robert Luongo and the rest of the misfits likely won’t be able to change their pink and sparkly stripes. They are who they are. They are Vancouver Canucks and, if anything, cheap shots and thuggery will be added to their repertoire, as we saw last night.
All of this begs the most important questions – what do Vancouver Canucks fans think of this sudden revelation by their players and their new coach? Are they ready to step up and admit they supported these cloven footed cretins? You’re up Canucks fans. Take the phallic out of your mouths and tell us what you really think.
And now for something completely different…some seriously funny shit from the Province and their Legion of Blog on last night’s game.
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