Michael Peca vs. Jay Bouwmeester: A Justified Criticism

October 2nd, 2010 by Charlie O'Connor Leave a reply »
Michael Peca doesn't think very highly of Jay Bouwmeester.

Peca, a 13-year NHL veteran and current hockey analyst for Canadian sports network TSN, opened fire at the Calgary Flames defenseman on Tuesday.

Asked his opinion of Bouwmeester, Peca was blunt in offering pointed criticism. He called him a "casual player" who lacked toughness.

And then, with the ultimate insult, he stated that the defenseman was "easy to play against."

Coming from a former player, it was a devastating blow.

Bouwmeester himself disregarded the comments as meaningless. However, Calgary president Ken King was not nearly as charitable.

He attacked Peca, calling his comments "inappropriate." Obviously, King had a vested interest in defending the honor and ability of his player. However, what made the CEO's comments particularly interesting was his complaint that Peca, as a former player, should not be stating his opinion in such a forceful manner.

King implied that because Bouwmeester was a peer of Peca's in NHL, a certain degree of respect existed that should have prevented such commentary.

So is King correct? Does ...

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