Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Canucks Exec Drops Gloves, Launches a War of Words

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Canucks Exec Drops Gloves, Launches a War of Words

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In his seven National Hockey League seasons, George McPhee persevered as a scrappy, 5-foot-9, 170-pound mucker who always stuck his nose into the fray.

Retirement hasn't mellowed him. McPhee, 36, now is director of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks. He was enraged by the 8-2 whipping his team took from the Blues on Wednesday night.

In an interview with CFMI radio in Vancouver - which was relayed through KMOX here - McPhee ripped Blues winger Glenn Anderson, Blues general manager and coach Mike Keenan, Blues rookies Ian Laperriere and Denis Chasse, and the Blues organization as a whole. Here were some of the highlights:

On Keenan: "I think we all know that Keenan is full of (it) and everything he says and does is full of (it). He's a guy who has no courage and for years tapped players on the shoulder to send them out to get guys. I saw it when I played in New York. He's got no courage. Coaches like that, he should put some gear on himself sometime and get out there.

"We've got Jeff Brown out of the series because of a kneeing. How many guys are we going to lose to injuries that are deliberate? We've got two right now that were blatant, egregious, tactical moves in my mind. And we have two pretty good players that are hurt and gone."

On Glenn Anderson: He "hit Pavel (Bure) in the face in Game 3 and we're lucky there's no serious injury. We've been telling people for many days now that someone's going to get hurt out there. And it happened tonight. Anderson hit Mark Wotton in the eye with a stick, and Mark Wotton is in trouble. He's in the hospital. (Anderson) should have been gotten out of the series earlier.

"Someone's got to throw this guy out of the league, at some time, at some point. I'm worried about the state of the game. It's almost legislated out, the ability for a guy to take care of guys who do that kind of stuff. You can't settle it mano a mano. It's diving, whining and hacking and looking at videotapes.

On The Blues' Rookies: "This Laperriere and Chasse. …

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