Posted by 49-North
I absolutely give them their due. Thats why I hate them so much.
Terrible, no-talent, embarrassing teams have nothing else to do but be cheap whiners. Thats to be expected. But last playoff season, I was actually following the Canucks at the beginning and was riveted at the Chicago series because I thought the Canucks were so enormously talented and that this would probably be their year. I'd been picking them for the Cup for 2 years, much to my Chicago area friends' dismay.
However, their eventual behavior in the Finals was classless to a level Ive never encountered in my 40+ years in the game, and Ive been in some pretty low leagues. President's Trophy winners, acting like mini-mites. Add in their management, writers and fans, some of which were friends of mine right up until the Finals, and I am still stunned at the behavior of a tremendously talented bunch of players and passionate (and I thought knowlegable) fanbase.
I didnt say the Canucks didnt have fans around the league; they have plenty. However, you might not think so, but the Canucks have an inordinate amount of hockey fans and people in the game that dislike them, more than they should, because of their antics. They are actually more smarmy than Montreal, which is really, really hard.
I said the league and the Bruins are better when the Habs are better because Montreal is iconic in the sport. Vancouver has no such standing and its unfortunate their behavior causes so many people who really should be disinterested to dislike them so much.