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Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:24 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Mark Recchi shared his feelings on last season's Vancouver Canucks last week. Let's just say, he wasn't very fond of them, calling them the most arrogant team he faced in his career. That career, mind you, stretched 22 seasons, so he's been around the block.

Of course that caught the attention of the Canucks. With their superstars being rather humble and quiet (the Sedin twins) the role of "team spokesman" seems to often go to defenseman Kevin Bieksa. He was a bit confused/insulted and thus combative when it came time for a response.

Here is what he told Jason Botchford of the Province.

"Isn't he retired? What's he doing? Tell him to go play a round of golf or take a nap. Why is he chirping us?"

Then, Bieksa started to pick apart Recchi's assertion.

"You can call us a lot of things, I don't think arrogant would be one of them," Bieksa said. "This is not even close to the most arrogant team I've even played on.

"The twins are so humble and you may not like playing against guys like (Maxim) Lapierre, and (Alex) Burrows but they're not arrogant. I just don't get it. Mark Recchi can go take a nap."

Take a nap. You have to admit, that's a pretty good response.

There was certainly no shortage of animosity between the two Stanley Cup finalists last season. From the biting incident to tire pumping and Nathan Horton's concussion, things were never very cordial, so perhaps that's where Recchi got the impression.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was a bit more cordial (and most would agree, mature) in his response to Recchi's comments.

"I've known Mark, I've coached Mark, he's a quality person," Vigneault said. "But you can also win with class. You don't need to rub it in. It was a seven-game series. This team, in my mind, is about integrity. We play the right way. They won.

"It is not a very classy thing."

That was the series that keeps on giving. Not only was it an excellent series, but the lasting effects keep on coming. Too bad Recchi won't be on the ice for the rematch Jan. 7 in Boston.

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Comments

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Admittedly, the Bruins are not as good as the Canucks talent wise, but they have more heart and play the game the right way. Guys like Burrows, LaPierre, Sami Salo, Luongo, and Kessler are the reason people hate Vancouver.  The amount of flopping I saw in that series disgusted me.  The stuff the Canucks pulled was ridiculous; cheap shots, stupid comments, and whining.  Constantly whining, never fighting, but always whinning.

Of course, Boston has a couple guys like that too, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, but at least they both play hard, don't whine, don't flop, and are fighters.  Exceptionally annoying as they are, they play the game the right way.

Looking back on it, the sweetest part of this cup was beating Vancouver.  It almost made me have a fondness for the Canadiens, they may flop, but at least they don't whine, cry, and cheap shot guys at every turn.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:30 am
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Bieksa is such a little pudd.    



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:20 am
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Once again Doctor Recchi knows his business and isnt afraid to tell everybody outthere.



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:19 am
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Once again Doctor Recchi knows his business and isnt afraid to tell everybody outthere.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:38 am
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Bieksa your napping on the ice....whats up with that minus 7!!!!



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:21 am
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

A Bruin fan calling Buffalo fans arrogant and cocky?  Pot, meet kettle.



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:07 am
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Coming from a 6 d-man as the team spokesman says a lot about that team. If not for an injury to Salo he wouldn't even be in the league. Recchi proved he is a winner, everywhere he went from New Westminster, to Kamloops, to Olympic gold, to 3 cup winners. Play another 15 years and maybe someone will care what he has to say



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Vancouver in the last two Game 7 losses of the Stanley Cup became a city of anarchists blowing up the town both times. You are the Buffalo Sabres of Canada. Same age and no cup. Both Vancouver and Buffalo fans are arrogant and cocky without ever hoisting a cup. 



Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

Bieska is still looking around to see Marchand flying past his A$$ and putting the puck over Mister Swiss cheese himself Roberta Luongo Ha Ha



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Kevin Bieksa responds to Mark Recchi: Take a nap

I'm a fan of Recchi  like most.  He wants to say it have at it man say whatever you want.  What exactly provoked him though?  Recchi has been known to talk a bunch of trash during his career, but he almost always had a good reason for it.  He's used it to distract media from other players on his teams.  He's used it to distract other teams from guys on his bench.  Almost always he has a motive behind it.  I don't really get what the motive is here.  I guess I just don't understand the logic.  Just because you've earned the right to say whatever you want doesn't neccesarily mean you should say whatever you want.


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