Alain Vigneault calls Claude Julien old, raises important question of whether Brad Marchand or Henrik Lundqvist would make a more desirable son

DJ Bean
November 28, 2015 - 8:08 am
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[caption id="attachment_54631" align="alignright" width="150"] Brad Marchand[/caption] Alain Vigneault and the Bruins have gone back and forth in the media ever since the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup championship over the Vigneault-coached Canucks. Despite Vigneault being long gone from Vancouver, that spat is now in its latest installment. The Rangers coach responded Saturday to Claude Julien and Brad Marchand voicing their frustrations with an uncalled Henrik Lundqvist embellishment on a Brad Marchand goaltender interference penalty in Friday's Bruins win. In particular, Vigneault seemed annoyed with Julien summarizing Lundqvist's dive by quipping, "I know he does some acting on the side, but I don't think it needs to be on the ice." "Well, [the Rangers public relations staff] filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game," Vigneault said Saturday, per the New York Daily News. "I mean, it's a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. "Who would you rather have as a son: Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight."

The "check his eyesight" comment is absurd given that there is little debate as to what happened on the play. Marchand made contact and Lundqvist had a woefully delayed reaction. Both players deserved penalties. As for the stuff about having Marchand as a son, this marks the latest occurrence of Vigneault having something peculiar to say about the B's left wing. After Marchand low-bridged Sami Salo in a January 2012 game that earned him a five-game suspension, Vigneault made what the Bruins perceived to be a threatening comment about Marchand. "Marchand -- and this is just my feeling -- but some day he'€™s going to get it," Vigneault said back in 2012. "Some day, someone'€™s going to say '€˜enough is enough'€™ and they'€™re going to hurt the kid because he plays to hurt players. And if the league doesn't care, somebody else will." Then-Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had an impromptu media session with reporters after those comments were made to voice his feelings on Vigneault'€™s handling of the situation. "I think we've learned our lesson over time that that'€™s a real inappropriate comment," Chiarelli said. "That's a real inappropriate comment, and it's an unprofessional comment." Vigneault's words about Marchand aren't the only comments about the Bruins he's made in recent days that raised eyebrows. On Friday he compared an uncalled boarding penalty on Matt Beleskey to Aaron Rome targeting the head of Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the 2011 Cup Final. The Bruins did not practice on Saturday, but they'll have the opportunity to respond to Vigneault's words after Sunday's practice.
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