(January 15, 2016)
Denis Potvin, after calling Daniel Sedin a "lowlife", and trying to defend this a day later, now has backed down, or appears to have done so, with a statement issued by the Panthers two days later.
These faux-apologies really get my goat. Written by a PR-flack from the team’s Communications staff, offered through your own team’s system.
For it to be meaningful, it should be offered in person or at least on the phone to the person who was offended. Then, in the particular world of the NHL, Mr. Potvin should reach out to the people of Vancouver/Canucks fans by speaking to Jason Botchford or Matt Sekeres, someone like that, and retracting the statements and apologizing for the remarks.
And making sure that it’s not phrased as “…if I offended anybody…”, which is a copout. Accept that you did offend, and don’t put the onus on the people who were offended for their interpretation of your remarks.
Mr. Potvin, as great a player as he was in the 70's and 80's, does not cover himself in glory with this episode.