Many of you have heard the buzz about Sid the Kid not shaking everyone's hand after the Stanley Cup final. A buzz created by the whiniest little ass in NHL history, Kris Draper, and surprisingly fortified by Henrik Zetterberg, who I thought was a pretty decent guy, especially for someone wearing the winged wheel. For a laughable and completely inane take on the whole thing, you could go to an A2Y post that includes this little gem:
Interesting. Can anyone recall a single time Kris Draper’s said anything to the media that could be construed as controversial or critical of another player? Even after his face was ravaged by one of the more cowardly hits in NHL history, Draper said little to nothing.
Draper, who’s never shirked his responsibilities after Wing losses, who’s never said an ill thing about an opponent, who’s respected league wide...is now just making stuff up. Right?
“Nick was waiting and waiting, and Crosby didn’t come over to shake his hand” in the traditional handshake line. He added that, “that’s ridiculous, especially as their captain, and make sure you write that I said that.”
Wow, that is wrong on so many levels. First and foremost, the author, Bill, is flat out making shit up about Kris Draper so incorrect that it pretty much destroys any credibility he ever may have had as an NHL hockey expert, fan, enthusiast, ... hell, I don't even think he could qualify as anything but a Red Wing puck bunny at this point. Well Bill, when little Krissy's face was "ravaged," he actually had this to say:
"Look at my face. I came here to play a hockey game and look at my face."
Subsequent whining in the weeks, months, and many years that followed by Draper and other Wings did fuel one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports. Something else that caught my attention in Bill's misguided and completely asinine assertions was the "who's respected league wide" part. Respected for what? Hitting people from behind? Is Bill aware that Draper led the league in boarding calls during the 2007-2008 season? Generally being a dirty little PoS who has his teammates back up his BS because he can't? I think I've mentioned this before, but I actually heard a St. Louis Blues radio announcer declare that "Draper is a dirty little player."
For more sane takes on the Crosby non-event/Red Wing whinefest, go here (for a great Draper motivational poster) and here (for the final word) on Pensblog. Basically, Draper is a whiny little bitch and Lidstrom left the ice before Sid had a chance to shake his hand (they even have time-stamped video proof of this).
Now on to the "hypocritical aholes" part. Certainly, the Wings, in their storied history, have always managed to honor the code they now choose to whine profusely about, right? Riiiiiiiiight. After the Lemieux facial on Draper in 1996, accused RW pedophile Dino Ciccarelli questioned his own handshake with Claude with his famous "I can't believe I shook his freakin' hand" remark. Following the 1997 RW-Av series, won by Detroit, Darren McCarty, the noble warrior who had cowardly attacked Claude from behind in the March 1997 brawl at the Joe, did refuse to shake Claude's hand. Heck, even as recently as 2007, Chris Chelios, the fine, upstanding NHL citizen that he is, refused the shake Anaheim player hands after that brutal series won by the Ducks. So, in short, please just STFU RW players, fans and idiotic bloggers. You don't have a real issue in the first place, but your own players have more intentionally disrespected the code in the past.