Sunday, September 10, 2006

BERTUZZI VENTS

Truth always comes out after a player leaves a team. Todd Bertuzzi let out some of his frustrations from last season this past weekend, and we can now see a few more problems that existed in Canuckland-in Bert's point of view. Former Canuck coach Marc Crawford is the main target of Bert's frustrations.

"We had some real differences in philosophy, and there were some things he did that really bothered me, most particularly how he handled my friends - Brad May especially," he told the Province.
"He never played him. He never gave him a chance to show what he could do."

The Canucks missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 2000, and Bertuzzi added that Crawford's lineup changes were not working as the season wound down.
"I thought he hit the panic button down the stretch, and wanted us to play a different style when things got tough," he explained to the paper.

"We had some issues but that doesn't mean he's a bad coach and I certainly don't want to leave here being the guy calling him down. At New Year's, five or six of us guys sat down with him for a handful of beers and we had a good talk and he even picked up the tab and the communication lines were open. But I'm not going to lie to you and say everything was fine."

The Panthers acquired Todd Bertuzzi, defenceman Bryan Allen and goalie Alexander Auld from the Canucks in exchange for goaltender Roberto Luongo, defencemanLukas Krajicek and a 2006 sixth round pick.

The deal ended a soap-opera season for the power forward, was also hurt by accusations that he and captain Markus Naslund were a dysfunctional element on the team.

"I really do think it was overblown and it was mostly started by one guy, and how can I control what one guy like Steve McCarthy thinks," Bertuzzi told the Province.

"When all that stuff started coming out it bothered all of us so much we had a team meeting about it and it was one of those where it was nothing but the truth or leave the room. Not one guy stood up and said he had a problem. I think it was mostly sour grapes on his (McCarthy's) part because he wasn't playing much and when he left he said those things. I don't know why he said them."

Bertuzzi's first game in Vancouver will be Jan. 7. "That will be the hardest game I'll probably ever have to play," he told the Province. "I've got friends on the team and the fans in Vancouver are absolutely the best. The support they have given me over the years, I'll never be able to thank them enough."

Well, it's easy to point fingers at others, but Bertuzzi did not elevate his game at all last season, and he (as well as Naslund and Morrison) were getting paid the big bucks to perform. At least now the distractions are out of the Canucks locker room, and the team should start fresh.

This report is from TSN.
Files from the Vancouver Province were used for this report originally.

3 Comments:

At September 10, 2006 at 9:09 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Good juice! Nothing like quotes from a players lips. Especially the vinegar variety.

 
At September 10, 2006 at 10:13 p.m. , Blogger zanstorm said...

Vinegar variety...love it, RC!

I like hearing someone flap their gums about what really happened at the end of last season for the Canucks. Because we were really wondering what the fuck was going on while watching those games last season.

 
At September 11, 2006 at 10:24 a.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

In another interview, Bertuzzi's not ruling out coming back to Vancouver next year, as he will be a UFA!!!

I say, "go ask Anus Carter what we think of UFA's"

 

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