The massive brawl between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames over the weekend is still the talk of hockey, but new details are starting emerge that could help explain things. There are allegations by the Canucks that the Flames started things by sending out their muscle players and a repot in a Vancouver newspaper seems to back up these claims.
A person in position to know of such things, but who must remain nameless, has said that Kevin Bieksa, who apparently knows Calgary’s Kevin Westgarth, was told during their extended discussion at centre ice before the brawl started that the Flames tough guy admitted they’d been sent out to make something happen.
This sounds like a story that someone heard from someone’s sister’s boyfriend, but it doe back up claims being made by the Canucks about the incident.
The main problem folks in Vancouver have with the incident, specifically those within the organization, is that the Flames were asking for a fight by sending out their goon squad against the Canucks starters. That’s sort of like bringing a tank to an arm wrestling contest and aiming the cannon at the other guy before the contest starts.
That’s what the Canucks are saying prompted the fight, but hearing that the Flames indeed intended to fight by putting their muscle players on the ice first seems to only help justify the Canucks actions.