After over two decades of hockey, it stands to reason that a person’s observations about the game are a little more informed than the average joe. That in mind, Mark Recchi is going to get a special kind of respect when he speaks.

Maybe he shouldn’t? Here’s Recchi from a Boston radio interview last week:

“(In) 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve ever played against…I couldn’t believe their antics, their falling and diving. It was very frustrating, but at the same time as the series wore on we knew we were getting to them and we knew our physical play and our skating, I think it caught them off guard a little bit.”

My first thought: if the media looks to Recchi for wisdom, and Recchi draws his wisdom from their lazy narratives, well, the blind have led the blind.

My second thought: holy superlatives, Batman. The most arrogant team? The most hated team I’ve ever played against? Clearly, the man isn’t afraid to exaggerate. Don’t ask him what he saw on Mulberry Street unless you have all day.

What’s Recchi’s deal, anyway?

I mean, he’s old, so it could be an early sign of senility, and he was born in the sixties, so he could simply have a little too much hippie DNA, maybe? But I’ll tell you what I think it is.

I think Recchi is one of those cynical self-loathing types that hates people who do good. You know the kind. They argue that all acts of human decency are basically selfish so they find, like, soup kitchen workers holier-than-thou; they think it’s sexist to hold the door for a woman so they refuse to do it; they think they know more than doctors, who flaunt book smarts and obfuscate the truth.

Actually, on that last one, remember Max Pacioretty’s injury? Here’s Recchi again:

The concussion was really a non factor, maybe he felt it for a day or two. They were trying to get Zdeno (Chara) suspended, and they embellished it a little bit. They were doing what they could to get him suspended.”

Uh huh. What’s Recchi’s basis for proffering a second opinion on the medical diagnosis, again?

It’s that NHL veteran status. Later in the interview, Recchi would say that he had been checked into a stanchion 40 times in his career.

Which should explain it. Maybe spending 22 years in the NHL doesn’t always make you smarter. We can probably ignore Mark Recchi.

That said, rather than dismiss Recchi’s words outright, the best thing to do in these cases is always to take them to Kevin Bieksa for a one-liner. Thankfully, Jason Botchford did exactly that. Juice, on Recchi:

Isn’t he retired? What’s he doing? Tell him to go play a round of golf or take a nap. Why is he chirping us?”

Excellent.

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34 comments

  1. Canuckles
    November 20, 2011

    Dear Harrison Mooney,
    I love you.

    Signed,
    Canuckles

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    • Julia
      November 20, 2011

      Also, Kevin Bieksa.

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  2. Geoff
    November 20, 2011

    I can’t recall in any other sport a team that won the championship going out of their to continually talk trash about their opponent the way the Bruins have.

    To me it seems they have a little bit of guilt about how they went about winning the cup, and they need to justify their actions by demonizing the other team. As long as the Canucks get painted as undeserving they can somehow tell themselves that all the slashes, sucker punches and broken necks they used to win the cup were acceptable, because they made sure “the most hated team” in hockey didn’t win. Then again I don’t claim to be unbiased, so maybe I’m just looking at it differently then the rest of the world.

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    • Mushmouth
      November 21, 2011

      Great points Geoff. Given the unsportsmanlike, cheap, classless tactics that boston resorted to in order to beat the Canucks, tactics that were apparently condoned by the NHL and its officials (nothing to do with the Bruins owner being chairman ofnthe NHL of course), they’re obviously accusing the Canucks of the very things they showed in the finals because they know that they wouldn’t have won if they’d ever been called on any of that sh!t.

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  3. kenblankenship
    November 20, 2011

    Am I the only one that thinks Dr. Mark Recchi looks like Roger Clemens? No neck, wide jawline & early male pattern balding? What might cause somebody to look like that? RX/Medication couldn’t alter somebodies appearance could they? No perish the thought

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    • The Bookie
      November 20, 2011

      actually I had never really seen a picture of him without a helmet, and my first thought just now was “Holy crap, he looks like Al Bundy!”

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  4. Anonymous
    November 20, 2011

    It’s clear that the Habs don’t value his opinion much:

    http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljrj4gXGn31qfr9r7o1_400.gif

    I also think it’s hilarious that he’s talking about arrogance when he has Brad Marchand punching the league-voted Most Valuable Player 6 times ‘because he felt like it.’ If that isn’t arrogance…

    Some people need to learn when to keep their trap shut.

    I don’t understand the purpose of him coming out and saying this now. Last time with the Habs he tried to excuse it by saying he was trying to take the heat off of Chara, which is laughable at best, but why now with the Canucks? The Bruins are on a major winning streak, so it’s not like he’s trying to distract the media from how horrendous they’ve been playing. If this was a couple weeks ago, maybe, but why now?

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  5. Tizzle
    November 20, 2011

    Mark Recchi publicly admitted that he made those Pacioretty comments to take the heat off Chara in their next game against Montreal. It worked, and then he came clean.
    He stopped giving a shit what people thought about him a while ago. I know he didn’t “need” to make these recent comments, but is it so hard to think he might be a little right?
    All I hear from Vancouver nowadays is that people are brainwashed by the media into hating the Canucks. That was the most watched Final in history. Maybe- just maybe- people came to their own unfavorable conclusions about the Canucks?
    (Disclosure: I am a Boston fan. But when people say they hate the Bruins, which they often do, we flip them off and move on. They have their reasons, and we don’t really care about them.)

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    • Daniel Wagner
      November 20, 2011

      Considering the Canucks are led by two of the most humble players currently in the NHL, I’m pretty sure Recchi’s remarks can be dismissed out of hand as being complete claptrap. Arrogant is one thing you cannot call the Sedins.

      As for people coming to their own unfavorable conclusions, every single person watching the Cup Final was watching it in a mediated form unless they went to every single game in person and refused to read the newspapers, listen to the radio, or go on the internet. I’m not saying that people are brainwashed, just that people buy into the media’s version of what happens in the NHL far too easily. Canucks fans have been shaking off the hate all year and we keep hearing the same bogus accusations. To then hear it from a former player is completely classless and unnecessary.

      People who follow the Canucks closely know what kind of quality individuals they are. We see the work they do in the community. We see how hard they work on the ice. We begin to connect to them on a personal level. They begin to feel like family. When people talk smack about your family, you circle the wagons and defend them. That’s the way it works.

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      • dawn duck
        November 20, 2011

        danielson
        what an excellent response! of course this is from someone who is dead last in the anti fantasy league so what do i know? i know your third paragraph is particularly ‘right on!’

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      • immie_8
        November 20, 2011

        “As for people coming to their own unfavorable conclusions, every single person watching the Cup Final was watching it in a mediated form unless they went to every single game in person and refused to read the newspapers, listen to the radio, or go on the internet.”

        They’d probably also have been fine if they just stuck with PiTB and read IWTG – something which I highly reccommend, especially when the whole “most hated team” garbage comes up. :D

        Also, fabulous post, just perfect!

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      • CupVirigins2012
        November 21, 2011

        I sort of disagree with your paragraph. Yes everybody is watching it with some sort of bias, ie this article in the VANCOUVER sun where VANCOUVER fans respond, written by a VANCOUVER writer. I tend to look more at articles which aren’t completely biased, such as Hockey News naming the Nucks the most hated team in the league. Sure, being good has something to do with it. Nothing like hating the good teams! BUT .. did you really say this team is classy?? Last time i checked, diving, biting, and talking about other players’ wives isn’t classy. Yes Recchi and Marchand are no angels, but neither are Alex “Bite You” Burrows, Ryan “Phelps” Kesler, Max “Avery 2.0″ Lappierre, Kevin “hit from behind” Bieksa and Dan “knee on knee” Hamhuis. And believe it or not, this is coming from a Canucks fan. This team, class wise, has really gone down hill since Linden retired. Gone is Brendan Morrison, another class act, and Nazzy. The twins are the shreds of class left.
        But ya … thats my 2 cents!

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        • Daniel Wagner
          November 21, 2011

          Hahaha! Canucks fan. Good one. Because if you’ve watched this team at all, you would know how ridiculous your claims are of Bieksa hitting people from behind or Hamhuis going knee on knee with someone. Yeesh.

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        • peanutflower
          November 21, 2011

          Seriously, did you even watch the Canucks at all last season, or did you miss the entire season and base your opinion on the year before and the year before that? You must have. I’ll agree with Linden and Nazzy being classy guys, but BMO? Nah. He had his share of dirty hits. I don’t think you’re a Canucks fan. You’re just pretending, right?

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  6. Zach Morris
    November 20, 2011

    doesn’t “Dr.Recchi” seem like it could be an internet meme, like advice dog or something?

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  7. B
    November 20, 2011

    I love how they ask the biggest, most worthless loudmouth in Bieksa about Recchi’s words.

    Recchi speaks nothing but truth. I grew up liking the Canucks as a kid, but find their latest team to be just disgusting to watch. A true team of low-class idiots on the ice.

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    • peanutflower
      November 20, 2011

      I totally fail to understand anything about your comment.

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  8. Karen
    November 20, 2011

    I think I just injured myself laughing so hard. Juice is worth his salary for the comedic value alone.

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  9. Nobody Y. Know
    November 20, 2011

    I guess it is arrogant not to stay where the league and all the fans assigned you in perpetuity: the bottom half of the pack. Most of the league (including Boston) had hardly seen the Canucks prior to the play-offs, but were still spouting this stuff all year. Nobody ‘deserves’ to win or lose…they win or lose, and that’s that. I’m not sure why this is a big issue locally…if an idiot has a negative opinion of you, it says more him than you, surely?

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  10. Melissa
    November 20, 2011

    Maybe he should just go and unretire from hockey if he can’t shut his yap.

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  11. Nee
    November 20, 2011

    To the people who claim the Canucks are arrogant/whiney, what about these players?

    Malhotra, Higgins, Hansen, Salo, Hodgson, Booth, Tanev, Alberts, Hamhuis, Edler, Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

    Not to mention all the charity work the team does. The ‘hated team’ label sells papers and attracts page views, but it’s simply not based in reality.

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  12. Gabrielle
    November 20, 2011

    On facebook this was published as “What do Mark Recchi know?”

    Win.

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    • peanutflower
      November 21, 2011

      Don’t they call that a Freudian slip?

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  13. CorkDork
    November 20, 2011

    I hope his bottle of 1970 Chateau Petrus was corked!

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  14. Eric Blacha
    November 20, 2011

    Who also said that Raymond exaggerated the hit?

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  15. Chicky
    November 21, 2011

    Guess Recchi probably feels that Sid Crosby’s been a whiny bitch for the past 11 months, too hunh? I mean, it was just a “hit”.

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  16. nelson95
    November 21, 2011

    well well well
    suck it up buttercups, people are sick of yer whining antics, arrogant GM and fair-weather fans.
    The Habs/Bruins fans would give u a 2 finger salute and carry on.
    Good luck in 2028

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    • Mushmouth
      November 21, 2011

      How is Gillis arrogant??? Lol. I can’t think of a single thing hes said or done that could be construed as arrogant. He’s pretty much the epitome of quiet, modest determination. Or maybe by arrogant you mean he’s smart. Yeah there’s just no room for intelligence in the hockey world. Guys like you prove that point.

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  17. Mushmouth
    November 21, 2011

    Its pretty obvious that 22 years as a pro hockey player is no guarantee that a guy can’t be just plain old ignorant…maybe even a little on the dumb side. I think PITB nailed it, Recchi is reading too many articles written by the bunch of sheep who currently make up the mainstream press corps covering the NHL. Those sheep then re-report Recchi’s comments as news, thereby feeding into the vicious circle of stupidity that hockey reporting already is.

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  18. tom selleck's moustache
    November 21, 2011

    What an ass. I fart in Mr. Recchi’s general direction.

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  19. boom
    November 21, 2011

    yeah whatever you homers your just pissed cuz he kicked ur ass last year

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    • Mushmouth
      November 21, 2011

      Actually we’re not even pissed. Who gets pissed at a weak-minded old man spouting nonsense like Recchi has? We feel sorry for him and for half wits like yourself who blindly follow him and the mindless sports media who created this utter BS about the Canucks being an arrogant team. Who on the Canucks is arrogant? I can think of lots of bad things to say about them but arrogant isn’t one of them.

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  20. iceman
    November 21, 2011

    For all his ‘self-valued’ 22 years of experience and early senility assisted by running into stanchions 40 times (which also makes him think he’s that much more of a man), Recchi got one foot in to succeed Don Cherry in Coach’s Corner on HNIC. Heck, he might as well join now and him and Cherry will form a senile-uncle duo who, are so good at showcasing their brain dangled at the tip of their tongue.

    Well guess what Recchi? In my 25 years of watching professional sports Boston Bruins is the dirtiest, most classless and most sore winner I’ve ever seen.

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  21. MelT
    November 27, 2011

    Call me Sherlock, I have solved this mystery!

    1. Recchi is good friends with Tom Gaglardi, they co-own the Kamloops Blazers together, and apparently Recchi is going to get a hockey operations job with Gaglardi’s new team, The Dallas Stars.

    2. Gaglardi has a long and bitter history with Francesco Aquilini, including losing an ownership stake in the Canucks. Like any exes, they clearly hate each other.

    Add 1 + 1, and you get: “the most arrogant team in the NHL”

    Okay, so it took me a while to figure this out, I had to read articles about Gaglardi first. You can call me Short Bus Sherlock.

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