ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dave Bolland had a big game against the NHL-leading Minnesota Wild to prepare for Wednesday, but he still couldn't avoid hearing about the derogatory remarks that Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault made about him earlier in the day.
Bolland caused a stir in Vancouver when he referred to Henrik and Daniel Sedin as "sisters" and said that some people in Vancouver were "weirdos" by playing along with the hosts of "Blackhawks Live" on WGN-Radio (AM-720) on Monday night.
Bolland and goalie Corey Crawford were guests on the show, which was at Haray Caray's and included questions from fans.
When asked about Bolland's comments, some Canucks sounded off on Bolland, notably Vigneault, who dolled out his own disparaging remarks.
"When you have comments like Bolland's, he's obviously an individual whose IQ is probably the size of a bird seed and he has a face that only a mother could look at," Vigneault told Vancouver reporters in Raleigh, N.C., where the Canucks play the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Bolland addressed Vigneault's statements after the Hawks defeated the Wild 4-3 in a shootout at the Xcel Energy Center Wednesday night.
"Between us, I have the utmost respect for the Sedin twins, Alain Vigneault and all the Vancouver Canucks," Bolland said. "It was just a little bit of tongue-in-cheek we had at the little radio show with some of the fans and that. But I have the utmost respect for Vancouver and what they do they on the ice and how they do it.
"Both us of have a great rivalry going during the season. I don't know about next year because we only get to play them two times. I've got the utmost respect for that whole team on the ice and for what Alain Vigneault does as well."
Was he surprised by the reaction in Vancouver over his comments?
"No question," Bolland said.
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