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First off Cam Cole can hardly be considered one of us. He writes for the Vancouver Sun a sister paper of The Province where the majority of sports fans get their information. That was a knee jerk reaction article like most of his stuff. I've found in the past few weeks that most so-called legitimate reporters, analysts and broadcasters are woefully ignorant when it comes to the Headshot rule. Personal bias plays into a lot of their opinions and they dig their heels in hard. The NHL sent out a DVD to educate the players, coaches and management. The DVD has made it's way into the hands of fans and reporters, as these things do. I think the problem is the lack of responsibility taken by the players, coaches and management. A player like Torres has stated that if he doesnt make that hit against Eberle than he's out of a job. Now I don't believe that for a second but obviously he does. I think if the Coaches and Management across the league made it clear to all their players that these things are not true it would go along way into changing the culture regarding headshots or other dangerous hits. I'm glad he wasnt suspended because I think the league is heading someplace I really do not want to see. Im real tired of hearing that Torres is a repeat offender. He's been suspended once before, unfotunately it was just recently. His hit on Eberle had a lot of people up in arms too, not just Canucks fans. Torres is a hard hitting player but by no means a dirty player. My personal opinion is that Abdelkaders high elbow was much much worse and well within thecRule #48 requirements for suspension. I was on the Hawks board after that hit and did not see an uproar over it. I will say that Torres did deserve the 2mins for interference I found this site a few days ago after the Tampon Twins article, I have to say it's a really good read and I will return from time to time for an intelligent Hawks perspective. Please disregard other Canucks fans that feel the need to belittle your team. Chicago regardless of some questionable taunting of injured players is a class organization from top to bottom. I for one am glad that they've managed to re-ignite the passion for hockey in that city. Cheers Go Canucks P.s. This was written on my iPhone so sorry if it comes across as a little disjointed.
Thanks for your very intelligent response, which hasn't been the norm here for Canucks fans the past couple weeks. I'm glad to hear you'll be stopping in. We like to have fun here while also trying to be as informative as possible. I don't want to hate Vancouver, because your team has so much talent. But to hear the bitterness of some of your fans and not being able to win with any class is tough to get over. And of course I don't mean you, but most Canucks fans I've encountered. Enjoy the rest of the series. I'll be posting after the game.
Ryan, You hit the nail on the head. Thinking Bolland will miraculously turn the series around is ludicrous. He hasn't played in 45 days and he's going to be the missing link? (Actually, the missing link is on your team and wears #13.) I disagree with your comments about Toews - he's the captain and a statement like that, whether it's true or not, is meant to fire his team up. While so many head for cover or jump ship, # 19, like Custer unfortunately, will make his last stand. "Where no hope is left, is left no fear." - John Milton Go get em Tazer!
Toews is essentially a kid who just Hasn't Really Lost Before. I mean, yeah, they lost to the Wings before they won the cup but there's a huge difference between an expected loss on the way to something greater (which is how anyone with a brain observed the Hawks that year) and flaming out after probably one of the best career years by an NHL player, ever. Conn Smythe, Stanley Cup, Gold Medal - all this guy knew for a year and a half was dominance, and he still has in mind that the Hawks are the same as last year. He truly believes what he is saying, but that doesn't mean he can do anything about it. As a side-note, you ought to write something up about Bolland and Seabrook. These guys can't be allowed to play if they're still woozy and dizzy - I don't LIKE Bolland but the last thing I want to see is him out with a headache for a whole season because Torres got the DESTROY command in his mind again. For what it's worth, I didn't expect a suspension, but I wish they'd just sit him and tell him to calm the fuck down (and I'm a Canucks fan)
Ha ha ha ha ha. No suspension. And 3-0. I told you bitches!! It was a clean hit. And I actually like Seabrook, but he went behind the net, looking in the other direction. That's just stupid, sorry. Originally I called Nucks in 5, but you guys just suck, so a clean sweep is not out of the question.