Vancouver Canucks: Alain Vigneault's Brad Marchand Comments Were Embarrassing

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 04:  Head Coach Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks speaks to the media after defeating the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 4, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault crossed the line with his comments regarding Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Sunday.

Marchand was ejected in the second period for a hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo during the two team's game on Saturday, prompting Vigneault to say the following on Sunday.

Per the Vancouver Sun:

Marchand—and this is just my feeling—but someday he’s going to get it. Someday, someone’s going to say ‘enough is enough’ and they’re going to hurt the kid because he plays to hurt players. And if the league doesn’t care, somebody else will.

First of all, saying that a player is going to get hurt because of his style of play is way out of bounds. Marchand plays the game with a physical edge, but he doesn't go out trying to injure people on purpose and end guys' careers.

It's hilarious a coach would say these things then not say anything when his own team does the exact same things he calls out the Bruins players for doing.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien called the Canucks hypocritical on Monday.

“I think it’s pretty hypocritical...everything that’s been going on,” Julien said. "It’s unfortunate. Sometimes you have to look in your own backyard.

“We all know [Vigneault] has the same type of players on his team. They’ve all done the same thing. You just have to look at [Alex] Burrows putting his blade in [Shawn] Thornton’s throat [prior to Saturday's brawl].

"It’s so hypocritical. I guess we’re stupid. We’re idiots and they’re the smartest team in the league. We need to listen to all of the gab that they have to say.”

The first period brawl on Saturday that really got things going started with Canucks forward Alex Burrows spearing Bruins forward Shawn Thornton in the throat.

Then, five Canucks players jumped on Thornton, and forward Maxim Lapierre joined late and started beating on Thornton from behind. Lapierre's antics are a prime example of why the Canucks make hockey look bad.

Lapierre and Burrows are dirty players, far dirtier than Marchand, and extremely rarely do they ever stand up for their actions and drops the gloves.

Remember, this is the same Alexander Burrows who bit Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron's finger during the Cup Final last season.

Making the Canucks look even worse on Saturday was Dale Weise's refusal to fight Shawn Thornton when the two looked ready to go. Take a look at the video, in case you haven't seen it.

You can bet if Boston had to travel to Vancouver before the regular season ended, Marchand would be ready for whoever would challenge him early in the game and he would not back down.

Just like when Milan Lucic didn't back down when the Buffalo Sabres came after him with Paul Gaustad in the first game between those two teams following the Ryan Miller incident.

Marchand's hit was cheap, no question about it. He should be suspended, but for a coach to say the things about him that Vigneault did was completely unacceptable.


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Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.