Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland had some negative things to say about Daniel and Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, but after Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault responded in kind, Bolland explained that his comments were made with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Making an appearance on WGN Radio in Chicago, Bolland occasionally referred to the Sedins as "sisters" and said he would not want them on the Blackhawks.
Vigneault responded to Bolland's comments following Wednesday's morning skate.
"Dave Bolland has an IQ the size of bird seed and a face only a mother can love," said Vigneault.
After the Blackhawks' shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night, Bolland recanted, saying his comments were made in jest and he attempted to make amends.
"Between us, I have the utmost respect for the Sedin twins, Alain Vigneault and all the Vancouver Canucks," Bolland told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It was just a little bit of tongue-in-cheek we had at the little radio show with some of the fans and that. But I have the utmost respect for Vancouver and what they do on the ice and how they do it.
"Both us of have a great rivalry going during the season. I don't know about next year because we only get to play them two times. I've got the utmost respect for that whole team on the ice and for what Alain Vigneault does as well."
During the radio show, Bolland was asked if the Sedins would still be referred to as "sisters" if they became members of the Blackhawks and his answer was blunt.
"Well, they'll never become Hawks," he said. "I don't think we'd let them on our team. We'd be sure not to let them on our team. And, yeah, they probably still would be sisters. I think they might sleep in bunk beds. The older one has the bottom one, the younger one got the top."
While the morning show was very much tongue-in-cheek, Bolland, along with teammate Corey Crawford, didn't shy away from the opportunity to rip the Canucks.
"I hate all of them," Bolland said when asked if he hates everyone on the team or just a lot of them.
When asked what players do with their spare time when on the road, the Blackhawks forward said he tries to stay close to his hotel room when the team is in Vancouver.
"There's a lot of weirdos there," he said. "You don't want to be out there too long."
The Canucks and Blackhawks have met 32 times in the last three-plus seasons, and in the last three Stanley Cup playoffs. Vancouver came away with a seven-game victory last spring, and Chicago captured six-game wins in 2010 and 2009.
The two sides clash once again on January 31 live on TSN from Rogers Arena in Vancouver.