Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks back as Los Angeles Kings centre Jarret Stoll's game winning overtime goal gets past him during Game 5 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final hockey playoff game in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 22, 2012. (REUTERS)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider isn't too happy with the recent name-calling by his NHL peers.
In the last few days Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg has called NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his sidekick, Bill Daly, "cancers" on the game. Before that, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Ian White called Bettman an "idiot," something he regrets doing, according to Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman.
Schneider thinks it's all getting a little out of hand.
"It's getting a little personal," Schneider told Sportsnet. "We'd like to think we are adults and can handle this in an appropriate way. It's easy to direct your anger towards one person because he represents the owners and the owners aren't allowed to speak.
"I don't think we condone that but at the same time it's a heat of the moment mistake and I don't think anyone takes it personally."
WAR OF WORDS
A number of NHLers have hurled insults at the league and its owners the last few months. Here are a few of the most notable -- and offensive:
Bruins centre David Krejci to Czech publication iSport.cz …
“(Bettman) does what he wants. We want to play, we're the ones who are (negotiating). It is unfortunate that the NHL have such a guy. It's a shame for the entire hockey world. (He) treats us like animals … Bettman took during the last lockout $3.5 million, now it's at $8 million.”
Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg on TSN radio …
"I'm really frustrated. It's not good. You do try to look at the best-case scenarios moving forward once the CBA does get done and you've got to look for the cancers and you've got to cut out cancers. I think when you look at Bill Daly and Bettman, they've been polluting this game for far too long. I think in order to get the fans tastes back in their mouth I think you've got to look at (firing them), especially when the CBA is over."
Detroit Red Wings defenceman Ian White to Motown reporters …
“I gotta be honest: I personally think (Bettman’s) an idiot. Since he’s come in, I think he’s done nothing but damage the game.”
San Jose Sharks winger Martin Havlat to CSSNE.com …
“I think it helps that the fans get to hear what we already know. We're not humans in their eyes; we're just pieces of meat that get to eat some grass for awhile."
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic to CSSNE.com …
“You'd think people would treat you better than as just an animal.”