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Some consider trash talking through the media to be petty and immature, while others love it.
Regardless of which side of the fence you're on, you can't deny that it certainly helps fuel a rivalry.
The Canucks and Blackhawks are a perfect example of this. Throughout the last three years, both teams have had their share of players who enjoy bumping gums.
The Canucks have the likes of Maxim Lapierre, Kevin Bieksa, Burrows and Kesler, along with former Canucks trash talker Shane O'Brien.
As for the Blackhawks, they arguably have an even longer list of trash talkers from both the past and present.
During the first two seasons of this rivalry, the Blackhawks had players like Adam Burish, Kris Versteeg, Eager, Ladd and, of course, Byfuglien.
Today, they still have Dave Bolland on their roster and they also acquired Carcillo over the summer.
In fact, at his introductory press conference after he signed with the Blackhawks, Carcillo made a point of calling out a few members of the Canucks, even though two of them had already signed with new teams.
As a result, Carcillo was forced to back up his words when the Canucks and Blackhawks met for the first time in the 2011-12 season, fighting Canucks tough guy Aaron Volpatti.
Carcillo is not the only Blackhawk who has made his dislike of the Canucks known through the media.
Just last week, Bolland went on a WGN radio program and had a number of disparaging things to say about Daniel and Henrik Sedin, to which Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault fired back with an even more hate-filled rant about Bolland.
The exact quotes from this recent smack talk battle can be found by clicking here.
Combine that with Kesler calling Ladd a coward, along with some comments from Bieksa that confirmed the hatred between the two teams, and you have yourself a complete rivalry.
Clearly the Canucks and Blackhawks have all three aspects of a good rivalry covered quite nicely.
Is it the best rivalry in the NHL? Perhaps.
Look for my breakdown of the Canadiens-Bruins rivalry in the coming days, along with my rivalry comparison in the coming weeks and then judge for yourself.
In the meantime, enjoy your holiday season and try not to start a rivalry with any of your family members.
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