Alain Vigneault. One last time with feeling.
The Canucks head coach took one final run at the CBC's Ron MacLean on Tuesday, but it wasn't the run he wanted to take.
Vigneault was asked if he was satisfied with MacLean's melee-mouthed explanation Monday during a round of interviews where the Hockey Night in Canada host did not apologize for a seemingly one-sided segment on Alex Burrows last Saturday. The Canucks coach replied that he was asked the exact same question by the team's director of communications, T.C. Carling, in private quarters.
"When I gave him my answer, he said 'If you say that [in the press conference] I'm walking out of the room,'" Vigneault chuckled.
So, with his muzzle firmly in place, Vigneault went on a strange diatribe where he attempted to pull at the heartstrings of local media members (never a good idea, AV, we're a heartless bunch).
After weighing the local reaction of MacLean's piece on Burrows, Vigneault said he couldn't remember seeing so much unanimity in the Vancouver media. He then said it was time for his team to move on, and he asked that the media do the same.
Yuck. Vigneault coached in Montreal, so he's fully aware that the media reserves the right to change allegiances midstream, and that its members will "move on" when they're good and ready.
The coach took a few more jabs at NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell and MacLean, before noting that he cannot win a fight with a media institution like HNIC. Then, he ended with a geopolitical statement.
"That's the power of the media, I guess. It seems like there is a lot of power out East."
Never before had a guy from Hull, Que. sounded so British Columbian.