Sure, you can have a high-up team executive call you out and compare you to horse excrement.
That’s one thing.
But when your coach, who is nearly a decade removed from playing his last NHL game, contemplates dressing because his team is that bad, that’s another.
And then to top it all off, that coach then apologies to a newly-acquired player on behalf of the team that he coaches.
We’ve seen a couple of outbursts this year that haven’t been seen in some time — if ever.
Carolina Hurricanes legend Rod Brind’Amour is the latest to eviscerate his team publicly in what seems to be the in-fashion way to get the message across these days.
Who can forget Jim Lites’ tirade in Dallas?
Or Bruce Boudreau’s rant?
Or David Quinn putting his team on blast earlier this week?
Now you can add Brind’Amour to the list.
“We were so bad, I almost dressed and got out there,” Brind’Amour said after the Hurricanes fell 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Friday. “I might have been as good as what we were throwing out there. We just didn’t want to play the way we were supposed to. I didn’t know what I was watching. That’s the first time all year I can say that.”
If that wasn’t the kill shot, Brind’Amour then feeling the need to apologize to Nino Niederreiter certainly was.
The latter was picked up in a trade earlier this week for Victor Rask. In his first game, his new teammates crapped the proverbial bed.
“Good. I thought he was fine,” Brind’Amour said about Niederreiter’s debut. “He had a couple chances. I think the first shift he almost had a breakaway. … I apologized to him for that effort. That’s not our team, and that’s his first game.”
It’s not often you hear about that sort of thing.
The Hurricanes had won seven-of-eight before dropping a 6-2 decision to the New York Rangers and Friday’s loss to the visiting Senators.
The Hurricanes are now nine points adrift from the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
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