Burrows family files complaint over CBC segment


The parents of Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows have written a letter of complaint to the CBC regarding Ron MacLean’s story on their son.


The parents of Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows have written a letter of complaint to the CBC regarding Ron MacLean’s story on their son.

“I thought it was a verbal assassination,” Alex’s father Rodney said in a telephone interview from his Montreal home. “There was no journalistic balance whatsoever. It was just a verbal assassination. There was no chance for Alex to defend himself.”

And while MacLean made it very clear in his story that he does not believe Alex Burrows’ assertion that referee Stephane Auger threatened him with payback before a Jan. 11 game against Nashville, Burrows’ parents have no doubt their son is telling the truth.

“Alexandre told the truth, he’s a very straight guy, he felt something happened, he told the truth,” Rodney Burrows said. “We’re very upset by what happened.”

Rodney Burrows said he didn’t see the segment live, but viewed it on YouTube later.

“Ron MacLean, I didn’t really like him as a person before. He just seems like a puppet to Don Cherry and the CBC,” he said. “He’s a puppet to most people, I guess. It was just very, very unprofessional.”

Haircut works wonders for Sharks’ Setoguchi

Heading into Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, Devin Setoguchi had gone nine games without a goal. So the San Jose Sharks winger got out a pair of clippers for a slump-busting haircut.

Apparently things didn’t go perfectly with the new do, but the girlfriend of teammate Torrey Mitchell stepped in to save the day.

“She just touched it up, cleaned it up,” Mitchell told the San Jose Mercury News. “He didn’t know what he was doing so she stepped in.”

The new haircut appeared to work as Setoguchi scored twice in the Sharks’ 4-2 win.

Devils need scoring help

The New Jersey Devils will need to find some secondary scoring with winger Patrik Elias on the shelf for an indefinite period due to a head injury.

Elias was hurt on a hit by Colorado Avalanche Ryan Wilson on Saturday and will visit a specialist later this week to determine the extent of the injury.

Head coach Jacques Lemaire said it may not be as easy to replace Elias’ contribution now as it was when he was hurt at the start of the season.

“It’s more difficult now because our top line is not scoring as much as they were at the start,” Lemaire told the Newark Star-Ledger. “If they’re not, somebody else has to get the goals.

“Someone will have to step up and do better offensively. I say someone. I wish it will be a couple of guys.”

Lamoriello doesn’t expect severe punishment for Cormier

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello doesn’t expect prospect Patrice Cormier will be suspended for the rest of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season after a vicious elbow in a game Sunday.

Cormier, who was the captain of Canada’s silver-medal winning entry at the 2010 IIHF world junior hockey championship, injured Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts in a QMJHL game.

Cormier was suspended indefinitely by the QMJHL Monday. The league did not announce when it will determine the length of the ban.

Lamoriello doesn’t think a season-long suspension or criminal charges are called for.

“I’m not the judge and jury of things, but in my opinion this is not something that should be talked about,” he told the Bergen Record.

Senators’ trip with fathers a success

The road trip for the Ottawa Senators players’ fathers came to an end when they returned home after Monday’s game in Boston. Many of them will be at Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Everyone had a good time and general manager Bryan Murray pronounced himself pleased with how it went.

“We’re not the first team that has done it, but I think it’s a good thing for the players to have their fathers around,” he said.

“It’s a nice treat for the fathers.

“They get a chance to see firsthand what their sons go through, the commitment that is required, the time that is required to get ready for games, and how hard they actually have to play and practise every day on the road. So I think that’s a nice story in itself.

“And for the players, I think to have your father around is an incentive to play hard. Certainly when you win I’m sure it’s quite rewarding for them.”

Sabres have success against West

Much has been made about the Western Conference’s dominance over teams from the Eastern Conference so far this season. Apparently the rule doesn’t apply to the Buffalo Sabres.

Including Monday’s victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, the Sabres are 8-0-1 against the West.

He said it:

“I think it’s more exciting to play some of those teams you don’t play very often. When I played back in the old Adams Division where you played Boston 10 times during the year, Buffalo 10 times, at some point you go, ‘OK, enough is enough, you’re gonna get beat up every time you go in there. This gives you a little bit of a new feeling. We’ve had San Jose once a week for the last four weeks.” — Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett to the Arizona Republic on the chance to play the Buffalo Sabres Monday night.

Ice chip:

Tyler Love will soon be named the goaltending coach for the St. Louis Blues according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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