Not to mention he likes his team toughness, He has always had a tough guy(s) in his lineup no matter who they played.
When Lucic ran Miller, he had to answer for it (although he beat the crap our of Gaustad lol)
When Neil went after Drury, he immediately sends out Kaleta, Peters and Mayer to answer for the hit. THAT IS TEAM TOUGHNESS.
This team has been transformed into a bunch of pansies under AV. his refusal to dress a tough lineup against tough teams. And the response to Keith in his first game since the incident on HOME ICE was pathetic. Not one even skated up to him to talk to Keith or remind him that they didnt forget.. there was more emotions on a nothing game with Dallas than that night.
AV is too 'classy' for tough hockey, still following the Detroit model.. thats fine and all if were respected like the Wings are, but we are the frigging Vancouver Canucks, the 'most hated team in hockey'.
I believe the Sabres and Ruff were fined in this melee, but im sure the the owners have no problem paying seeing that their team responded like a true team.
i wish we had the team that had a response like that in them, instead we get to watch our stars and goalies get run , injured and no retribution, ever. it's a joke.same old kumbaya canucks...sure we're 3rd in the league in fights but half of those are Dale Wiese hanging onto a guy that is feeding him.
i blame Gillis, he needs to add a couple monsters. team is too soft, playoffs are meat grinding savagery and Gillis seems to think euro style tiddlywinks under 180 lbs will somehow survive 4 rounds of 7 game (w/OT's) slugfests , we have 10/12 soft forwards and 6 soft defensemen.
I was hoping Garrison would have a physical edge but he looks softer than Sami Salo.