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Cut Mike Duco a Break

Mike Duco has obviously been in a crappy situation this week, admittedly of his own making, resulting from the anti-Vancouver trash-talk he was throwing around Twitter during the Canucks Stanley Cup run.  His words have been neatly thrown back in his face as a result of his rights having been traded to Vancouver, and it’s not a pleasant experience, I’m sure. 

I won’t bother regurgitating his original comments, but here are his words today, as pulled from this Sports Network piece (via the LA Times):

“To the players, fans, and organization, I would like to apologize and I hope that you can forgive me.  I had no reason to say anything bad about them.”

“As a player, I should never publicly say anything negative about another player.  To say it on the ice is one thing, but online is something completely different, and I realize this now.”

“I just need to come into camp and show people what kind of work ethic and determination I bring to the table.  I’ve always been a player that is a good guy in the room, willing to stand up for anybody on his team, and also somebody that will set the tempo with my crash-and-bang style.

“I hope after this is all said and done, that’s the image the Vancouver Canucks players, organization and fans see.”

Duco’s contentious comments on Twitter—being a smartass about Luongo and the Sedins—were nothing all that devastating, just the kind of mean-spirited trash-talk that was being thrown at Vancouver a lot during the playoffs.  And he wasn’t the only NHLer to do so, either. A few others come to mind, including players more prominent than Duco.

As a Vancouver fan, it was unpleasant, but as a NHL fan in general, it struck me as being in incredibly bad taste, players obnoxiously attacking their own brethren during the once-in-a-lifetime experience of racing for a Stanley Cup.  I wrote an article at the time—The Hockey Internet and the Death of Civility—about the same thing, though mostly considering the fans and the media.  But remarks from a few players were as bad, if not worse, given they were publicly attacking their own colleagues, people they will have to play with and/or against for years to come.

Anyway, I’m not trying to be Miss Manners here, but it definitely made the playoffs a lot less enjoyable for me. So Mike Duco acknowledging how he personally went over the line, that sort of cheers me up a bit.  Yes, I’m sure he wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for the awkward situation he now finds himself in with the Canucks, but sometimes it’s the crappiest situations that really do teach us a lesson. 

Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, and every one of us have done something in our lives we wish we could take back.

But there is a moral to the story: Acting like a self-righteous, bratty little shit because you think it makes you sound clever will always come back to haunt you, one way or another.  Duco’s certainly never going to forget that lesson. And a few others could afford to learn it as well.

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WingsFaninCO's avatar

As a Vancouver fan, it was unpleasant, but as a NHL fan in general, it struck me as being in incredibly bad taste, players obnoxiously attacking their own brethren during the once-in-a-lifetime experience of racing for a Stanley Cup

And I am sure every Canuck was a saint last year during Chicago’s cup run.  If a player wants to talk sh*t about another team in the playoffs, then fine.  That is his perogative, he just needs to be prepared to eat crow if a situation like Duco’s current one comes to pass.

I am also sure that it was all the meanie talk from other players that “definitely made the playoffs a lot less enjoyable for” you, not the implosion of the Canucks.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 07/14/11 at 04:41 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

I don’t know if any Canucks players made similar statements in public at the expense of the Blackhawks. If they did, I didn’t hear about them, but my reaction would have been the same.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 07/14/11 at 04:52 PM ET


who the eff cares, it’s true, the Sedins were diving better than Greg Louganis

Posted by Chong from SD, CA on 07/14/11 at 06:40 PM ET


Good for Duco. I really expected for him to just lay low and wait for this uncomfortable situation to pass. Not only did he apologize, as he should have, but he expanded on his wrong-doing, in the process hopefully educating other hockey players from making the same mistakes. As hurtful as it was to hear Duco’s critiques, I hope Canuck fans give him the opportunity to start over. It’ll be good for everyone.

Posted by Frosty on 07/14/11 at 11:07 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

when i first heard this all i could think was ....awkward….
haha pretty funny story.
Honestly, I have no problem with the trash talking.  It gets done all the time, I’m sure guys on our team have said a lot worse.  Just look at all the guys who were trying to kill kesler and especially burrows over the last 7 years.
Hes a big boy, he can take care of himself.  Im sure the canucks could care less.  As for the Sedins, they are probably laughing this one off!  I find it hard to believe that anyone who watched the sedins during the playoffs this year do not think they dived.  This is coming from a canuck fan!  It was pretty laughable, haha

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 07/15/11 at 07:03 AM ET


I hope Bieksa beats his face in at camp.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt on 07/15/11 at 07:43 PM ET

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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