Does Wellwood have the right?
Recently, former Canuck Kyle Wellwood has been a hot topic around the city of Vancouver. He's insinuated that the Canucks were playing like they were afraid to lose, something Kevin Bieksa took offense to. He responded by calling Wellwood a "weasel" and saying that the Canucks were afraid to lose when Wellwood was in Vancouver, because he was one of the smallest third line centers in the league.
The question to be asked is, does Kyle Wellwood have the right to be spouting off like this when he didn't even have a contract when the NHL season started?
I have no problem with players trash talking. I think it injects excitement into what are dull days waiting for the playoff games to begin. I think it shows a little character for the players, something NHL skaters lack at times. But does a puny, five goal scorer who doesn't hit or fight really have the right to be trash talking the Presidents trophy winning Canucks? When you look at it, mostly the biggest trash talkers on a team will be the fighters, or the pesky grinders.Think Ryan Kesler last year, Alex Burrows, or guys like the recently deceased Derek Boogard. Boogard once likened the Sedin twins to "Pinky and the Brain", and I had no problem with it, because I knew that Boogard could back his play up with his fists. Can Wellwood? (Suppressing laughter) This guy can be a non factor most nights, because when he isn't scoring, well, he isn't doing anything, except maybe winning faceoffs.
So I ask you, fellow bloggers of TCL, does Wellwood really have the right? Considering someone else is going to have to protect him when he skates his pudgy ass onto the ice, I'd say HELL no.