The Vancouver Canucks have received due criticism for their recent behavior with regards to head coach Bruce Boudreau. Canucks management has dangled the idea of terminating Boudreau for two months now, and he has gotten emotional in front of media more than once.
Canucks' fans made their feelings known on Friday
, but they are not alone in blaming management/ownership. Several NHL players have now publicly supported Bruce Boudreau during this time, including Colorado Avalanche forward Andrew Cogliano
and retired NHLer Nate Thompson.
Cogliano said recently: "I don't know what's going on here, but I love Bruce. I think he's a great man. He cares about players, he cares about his team, and he's a good coach...I have my thoughts on what's going on here with him on a personal level, and I don't think it's warranted. He's done a good job throughout the league."
Thompson said of Boudreau and the Canucks: "I understand the NHL is a business and they don't owe us anything but at the same time I think Bruce has earned the respect."
Spittin' Chiclets co-host and retired NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney had a scathing review of the Canucks in support of Boudreau:
Boudreau's tenure in the NHL has afforded him great respect, but it is his sparkling personality and character that endears people to him. His reputation of treating his players well has made the Canucks' treatment of him largely unpopular, and it's entirely possible this entire episode lands Vancouver on some no-trade lists.
If an organization is okay with treating a nearly 50-year NHL veteran this way, what does that say about the way they would treat their players?
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