VANCOUVER - It’s not the fact that he and brother Henrik finished runners-up to the Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel in a recent Sports Illustrated poll that has left Daniel Sedin in such a perturbed mood.
Nor does he have an issue with Phil the Thrill.
Instead, he is irked at the survey itself, feeling those players who voted should man up and identify themselves instead of remaining “anonymous.”
Informed by a Vancouver reporter that he and brother Henrik were second to Kessel in the poll listing the star players who are the easiest to intimidate, Daniel, tongue planted firmly in cheek, replied: “So we weren’t first? That’s good.”
Daniel then proceeded to rant about his dislike for anonymous polls.
“I’ve never been a big fan of them,” he told the Vancouver media. “We had one of them from CBC, too, and I think everyone threw it in the garbage. I think that’s the way to do it.
“If you’re going to say something, at least stand for it and show your face. I’ve been asked to participate in anonymous polls but I would never do it. You can have your opinions but, at least, stand for them.
“That’s my opinion.”
Results of CBC’s player poll will be released Sunday during the network’s 6 p.m. telecast of a game between the New Jersey Devils and host Montreal Canadiens.