Mike Duco's Twitter account is as painfully honest as Abraham Lincoln, the former US President that inspired his beard style.

 

The Canucks’ offseason quest to completely remodel their fourth line personnel continued this weekend, as they dealt the rights of Sergei Shirokov to the Florida Panthers in exchange for little-known left winger Mike Duco.

At first glance, this seems like a curious move. Shirokov led the Manitoba Moose in scoring two seasons in a row, made the Canucks out of his first training camp, and showed decent hands in his lone callup in 2010-11. He was a player that could have cracked the NHL lineup. However, Shirokov was as aware of this as we were, and after two years of failing to do exactly that, Shirokov said nuts to the minors and signed a deal with CSKA Moscow to return to the KHL. Rather than lose a prospect for nothing, the Canucks gave him away for yet another bubble guy in Duco.

Duco is in keeping with the prototype the Canucks seem to be after this offseason. He’s a gritty, hard-nosed, proven AHL scorer that has, as of yet, failed to break into the NHL, where he’d likely be a third or fourth line guy. Duco’s on the smallish side, but he’s no pushover. On top of his 20 goals and 11 assists with the Rochester Americans last season, the 5’10″, 190 lb. winger also racked up 126 PIM. And, in the NHL, he has half that (60) in only 12 games, for an average of 5 PIM a game. He’s a scrapper. Even his Twitter profile photo can attest to this: it’s a shot from his last NHL fight, a bout with Toronto’s Mike Brown.

You read that correctly, by the way: Mike Duco’s been on Twitter since April (@duco87), and considering our struggles to get interesting Canuck personalities on Twitter (Ryan “Verify me so I can officially tweet about nothing” Kesler doesn’t count), we should be rejoicing: Duco speaks his mind. Unfortunately, he’s one of those guys that Ryan Whitney was talking about: he’s not so into the Canucks.

Upon learning of the trade, Duco went the diplomatic route, showing Jeff Carter how it’s done by announcing his excitement to be joining a new franchise. It’s an innocuous tweet, which may be a sign the Canucks have already gotten to him. I was sort of hoping he’d indicate whether or not he planned to snatch up the “Duker” nickname vacated by Alex Bolduc. Is there a grace period for nicknames or can he step right into it?

In any case, this is the first pro-Canucks tweet Duco’s ever made. One could infer from the rest of his timeline that he’s not exactly a fan.

Duco can probably be forgiven for picking Chicago to win game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal versus Vancouver. Outside of Vancouver, everybody was. I’m sure his new teammates will forgive this, considering the circumstances.

That said, I don’t think he was picking Chicago because of the circumstances leading up to game seven. I think he was picking them because he’d rather not pick the Canucks. See, for instance, the next Canucks-related tweet, made during game 6 of the Western Conference Final versus San Jose.

Okay, Duco is actively rooting for the Sharks. This tweet, in which he criticizes Luongo’s decision to charge out at the Sharks as they got past Alex Edler, 2-on-0, won’t be the last time he criticizes one of his future teammates.

Two weeks later, Duco gives us this tweet, which is difficult to spin in a positive light.

Ouch. The cosmic irony here, of course, is that watching the Sedins dive and lay on the ice, the very thing Duco is sick of, has now become his full-time job. Also, those guys he just slagged are his captain and assistant captain.

Well, maybe Roberto Luongo will vouch for him.

Okay, maybe not. This tweet, in which he laughs at and mocks Roberto Luongo, comes after game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Yikes.

Past experience tells us Luongo doesn’t take kindly to guys that aren’t in the business of pumping his tires. (That’s why he’s so nice to gas station attendants.) That said, Luongo forgave Kesler for doing effectively the same thing during the Olympic gold medal game, so Duco could take his chances and appeal to history. Or he could delete a few tweets before training camp.

Anyway, the last tweet we’ll look at isn’t particularly Canucks-related, but still it’s of interest to me.

Hmm. Pretty sure I am. Make the team and we’ll talk.

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36 comments

  1. invisibleairwaves
    July 10, 2011

    Wow, nice find. I guess with the widespread use of Twitter among pro athletes, this was bound to happen eventually. Remember, kids: the internet is forever.

    #MikeDucoControversies?

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    • kk0523
      July 29, 2011

      Harmless talk. Real hockey players know that when Duco steps into the dressing room the boys will all laugh it off.

      Duco has proven himself his entire hockey career and will continue to do so. Sad that my team couldn’t pick him up. Hard working, fearless, he’s going to become a huge part of the Canucks.

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  2. Thalia
    July 10, 2011

    He just deleted the tweets XD

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    • RandomWhiteMale
      July 10, 2011

      Eerily similar to all the rioters who posted all their “tough guy talk” on the internet before realizing that it might be used against them later on.

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  3. Sienna
    July 10, 2011

    Hahaha awkward…I’ve already seen a couple people linking him that post. Honestly I think he’s gonna have to earn my love (which is not possible at the moment for him). The only thing I have to say is: Who’s your CAPTAIN now b*tch!?!?!!!? So. Awkward.

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  4. Nancy
    July 10, 2011

    Pass.

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  5. RandomWhiteMale
    July 10, 2011

    I’m not sure what to make of this. There is something that doesn’t sit well for me with this signing. Perhaps it’s that the pain of losing Game 7 is still fresh in my mind; as is the scorn received by the city and its citizens by members of the national and international media in the wake of the riots. The combination of these two factors has left me feeling a greater sense of civic pride and probably even a little xenophobic – I’m not proud of what transpired in Vancouver after the game, but I don’t appreciate the way media outlets in other cities in Canada have raked us over the coals since then. In some ways, the post-riot disdain expressed for Vancouver has blurred in my mind with hatred of the Canucks team and its players during the playoffs themselves.

    To make a long story short, I really do not like the idea of having a guy who thumbed his nose at our team and its players (especially from a player whose NHL resume is only slightly more impressive than the guy who bagged my groceries at Safeway this evening). In my mind, having this player on our roster is somewhere along the same lines as hiring Mike Milbury to be the team’s new Colour Analyst.

    I understand that managements is required to find the best players for the team, but I really think that there is potential for some backlash with bringing in a player like that. How does this player look his new Captain in the eyes after what he said about him? How does he tap Luongo on the pads after a tough goal and convince the goaltender that he’s being sincere? Furthermore, how does this player address the media (and subsequently the fans) and convince us that he’s proud to wear the Canucks sweater?

    Due diligence was not done here – not to mention the fact that Shirokov was one hell of a talent.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 10, 2011

      Meh. I don’t think a few harmless tweets are anything to get this worked up over. I just thought it was kind of funny.

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  6. RandomWhiteMale
    July 10, 2011

    Have to disagree with you. Locker room chemistry is a very important component to a team’s success. An environment can become toxic if there are players who are not fitting in or not completely buying into the team or organization’s philosophies (see Jeff Carter and Mike Richards).

    The Canucks are going to attempt to accomplish what is nearly impossible – a return to the Finals and a Championship the year after they came so close. If there are players on the team whose loyalty is in doubt, just how far are they going to make it!?

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  7. Karen
    July 10, 2011

    He can be the posterboy for reforming misled hockey fans everywhere…

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  8. ...
    July 10, 2011

    Ya, let’s get pissed at the hockey player who has an opinion about … Hockey . He’s a 24 year old young man who obviously grew up a hockey fan.. To think he should have loving tweets about all hockey teams because ” you never know where you’ll end up” .. all seems a little childish and strange to me. You all claim to be major Canucks fans but can’t welcome a young guy with an honest opinion onto the team ? .. Blogging and tweeting how you hate him isn’t going to make him go away. Grow up.. And to the blogger.. You think you sound all witty and clever ? .. Try again.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 10, 2011

      Dude, chill. I don’t hate the guy. Harrison doesn’t hate the guy. It’s just a little hilarious that he tweeted some negative things about the Canucks prior to getting traded to them. No big deal.

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    • Hilarious
      July 10, 2011

      What are you doing here. You missed the point. It was to laugh. Not to run the guy out of town… This is CLEARLY the first case of an NHL player tweeting negatively about a team they get traded to within a month and if someone didn’t blog this or report it, shame on them.

      So no, its not us being pissed at a hockey player who has an opinion about hockey… its you that is pissed… pissed at a blogger for blogging what bloggers are supposed to blog about. ANYTHING… LOL… Did you think you were all witty and clever …? … Try again haha. You actually found a way to look stupid while attempting to make stupid of others… at least this is just the internet and tomorrow you will be on some other blog, and won`t have to remember how stupid you looked today.

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  9. immie_8
    July 10, 2011

    Ok, I’m a little confused. Have we actually signed this guy? I thought we only traded for his rights.

    Not that it would bother me in the slightest if we did sign him – I agree with Mooney that the tweets are pretty much harmless, and if anything the lesson is, like invisibleairwaves said, that the internet is forever.

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  10. grumpiest
    July 10, 2011

    This guy has all the brains of Messier and none of the charm.

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  11. Hilarious
    July 10, 2011

    Haha that is funny stuff, clearly he isn’t actually “glad too” be a part of our organization. Interesting… But its only twitter, you can say whatever you want and he was a fan of hockey at the time with his team being out so I wouldn’t take it too seriously. Probably a Leaf fan anyways, they see what they want to see, they don’t actually see how good we are, or how bad they are. They just see what they want to see because they have dealt with a LOT of bad hockey. Sure we don’t have a cup and we weren’t around when there were only 6 teams to fight over it, but I would much rather have the memories I have of my Canucks teams than be one of those who points the finger at Vancouver when really every other team in the league does the same things we do. We were in the spotlight of the whole country for the whole playoffs, so it didn’t surprise me to see us getting raked over the coals nationally after the riot, because for the most part, there were people doing it all over the country already from Theo Fleury before playoffs even started, to some idiot named Dan (my team hasn’t qualified in 6 years)Tencer who absolutely lost his mind over us. Its just that we didn’t care to notice because we were still alive. As soon as we lost game 7 the negative things being said about our city, team and fans started to actually hit us and it pissed me off. But it made me feel better just to know that they were just pissed to watch us get that far, after one of the most successful regular seasons in league history, I guess they thought they won after watching us lose.

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  12. peanutflower
    July 10, 2011

    that Sedin tweet is pretty funny in a pretty awfully awkward way. It would be hard to kind of sidle into the room while facing a double stare down — make that a triple staredown of Kes and Henrik and Daniel while BIeksa makes some snarky comments. Too funny. He be eating some humble pie if he ever makes it to the room, no doubt. That said, he looks like an interesting acquisition.

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  13. Sach
    July 11, 2011

    Haha well that’s awkward. That tweet on being part of the Nucks remind me of how the rioters offered “apologies”, but are just trying to backtrack. With that being said I don’t mind his wanting the Nucks to lose -who didn’t- but those tweets on the twins and Lu really rub me the wrong way.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 11, 2011

      Comparing Mike Duco’s tweets to downtown rioters = hyperbole of the year.

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  14. Zandberg
    July 11, 2011

    Funny stuff, and yes, a great find, Mooney. It’s not uncommon for players to be signed by teams they recently hated. Happens all the time. I happen to know of one who signed here last summer. He had no clue who he was going to room with on the road. But it all worked out and he made friends with players he never thought he would.

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  15. Dave
    July 11, 2011

    Cool find – and I very awkward for him. Don’t see much more to it – but yes it does win the award for awkward.

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  16. swizzler
    July 11, 2011

    Ryan “Verify me so I can officially tweet about nothing” Kesler is spot on haha.

    You may have also noticed that any member of the TSN staff with a twitter account has been verified. Fair enough for Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, those guys are so connected they might as well be an extension of the NHL PR department.
    However, I’m sure Sheri Fordes 1,159 followers will be relieved to see that her account has been verified. good grief.
    This ridiculous precedent may have far reaching consequences.

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  17. Kate
    July 11, 2011

    Canuck fans are a sensitive bunch, myself included, but come on, it’s embarrassing to be so indignant over TWITTER. Anyways I found this article very amusing, and I wanted to share this with you, even though I am sure you’ve seen it. Looks like Bulis knew who needed the puck this time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53MjeEkF72w&NR=1

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    • peanutflower
      July 11, 2011

      Love it. How many Canuck players still on the team scored their first NHL goal as a Canuck? Probably easy to find out — BIeksa, Sedins, Edler, Kesler, who else? What other NHL team that has reached the SCF has so many leading NHL players still on the team who scored their first goal with the team. That’s an incredibly awkward sentence, but too lazy to re-punctuate.

      I for one am not indignant. I would probably have been if the tweeting player in question wasn’t signed by the Canucks, indignant for only the briefest second. That tendency towards indignation is lessening the further away in time we move from the SCF. It is a pretty funny sitch, though. If Duco makes the team he’ll be sure to get two rookie pies in the face.

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  18. R
    July 11, 2011

    Too bad his comments were so accurate….

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    • Zandberg
      July 11, 2011

      About the Sedins, yes.

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  19. Chicky
    July 11, 2011

    Lets hope hockey is his strong suit… spelling and grammar obviously aren’t. :)

    I must say, I love how some people are completely blind to the fact that the internet is NOT private. Makes for excellent reading.

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  20. "got a lot of splaining to do"
    July 11, 2011

    Hope he’s more mature on the ice than off it. This doesn’t really bode well for the team chemistry. It’s not like the twins or Luongo will be rubbing elbows with him and saying, “Oh we know you didn’t mean it”. Of course he meant every word he said………and “Has a lot of ‘splaining to do”.

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  21. Twitch
    July 12, 2011

    Don’t any of the commenters here raking the guy over the coals remember that Mason Raymond grew up as a Flames fan? Bieksa a leafs’ fan? Kesler a Detroit fan? If any of those guys had been on twitter before they made the bigs, they’d likely have posted some anti-canuckisms too…particularly raymond cuz nobody hates a canuck like a flamer hates a canuck… this is harmless and humorous. I’m sure if he makes the room they’ll all have a good laugh over it and he’ll take some razzing…

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 12, 2011

      Pretty much, yeah. While it’s good for a laugh, this isn’t an issue in the slightest.

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  22. GM11
    July 12, 2011

    Can’t believe how worked up everyone got over comments made by a guy who won’t make the team. Maybe the Canucks management was aware of his comments on twitter, and acquired him to have a fan favourite in Chicago. Having a Canuck hater on the team might help sell tickets for the Wolves!

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  23. WEYGANDT
    July 13, 2011

    It looks like he has deleted his twitter… the plot thickens

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  24. JL
    July 14, 2011

    So he said what everybody thinks – what’s the big deal? At least he’s honest.

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  25. Lena
    July 15, 2011

    Canucks fan here and I still hate him. I hope we put him in the Wolves or bench him. I don’t wanna see that AHL plug

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  26. give him a chance
    July 15, 2011

    Just google “Mike Duco fan favorite” and just read things from his OHL team, AHL team and even from the few games he played with Florida… With Vancouver being filled with such diehard fans.. I truly believe he is just the player you want. He’s involved and amazing to his fans, he seems like he genuinely appreciates everything he has and how far he’s come. He works his butt off for it and takes nothing for granted. Common’ Vancouver ..

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  27. Roderick
    July 15, 2011

    I don’t think Mike Duco was serious when he wanted to challenge the scrabble champ. eh? haha. Maybe this is the reason Mike Gillis signed him, to have another scrabble champ battle.

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