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Dave Bolland responds to Canucks' remarks

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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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So pxxxx Bolland backs down from his comments. Surprise surprise.

Unfortunately, nothing in this article touches the actual problem - the reason what Bolly said was offensive is that he used being female as a pejorative.

In case it's not somehow blindingly obvious, the people offended by this are not just Canucks fans - why would they even be reading the Hawks beat writers anyway? - but fans of the Blackhawks. And honestly, the fact that there hasn't even been any commentary on that aspect - from the Suntimes OR Bolland himself - is pretty disappointing.

As a Hawks fan, I have less than zero problems with them mouthing off about the Canucks. Hell, I will usually join in. But you can insult people without having to lean on sexist (or racist or homophobic, etc etc) comments, and even if none of the comments from the team have addressed that, it would've been nice to see some indication that any of the MEDIA at least recognised that this wasn't just the Canucks fans being outraged because their team was the one being mentioned.

Bolland is a pretty dumb guy to make such comments. Organization made him to apologize otherwise he is not too bright to do that.

Sedins are Art Ross winners, what Bully has got to show? Nuff said.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


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