The NHL will reportedly meet Friday with Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows regarding comments he made to New Jersey Devils winger Jordin Tootoo in Sunday’s game. Tootoo told media post-game Sunday that Burrows made remarks about his “personal life and family.”
According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Burrows is set to meet with NHL officials Friday in Toronto to discuss the incident. What exactly was said by Burrows is unknown, but Tootoo was upset with Burrows’ comments and told media post-game that he had no respect for the Canucks winger.
“The penalty box guys even rolled their eyes like, ‘Is this guy really saying this (expletive)?’” Tootoo told NorthJersey.com’s Tom Gulitti. “I don’t have any respect for him. I don’t need an apology for him or nothing. It’s just classless. We’re all professionals and everyone fights a fight no one knows about and when you dive into personal issues, it’s just classless. To me, that’s cowardly.”
Tootoo said he would leave it to Burrows to tell media what was said, and the Devils right winger refused to confirm whether the comments had anything to do with his history in the NHL’s substance abuse problem or his family’s heritage.
Tootoo attempted to fight Burrows later in the contest, but Vancouver’s Derek Dorsett stepped in to drop the gloves with Tootoo instead.
“If you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk,” Tootoo told NJ.com’s Rich Chere post-game. “To make the remarks he did about my personal life and family is classless and unacceptable in this day and age. That’s why I went after him.”
Burrows has been known as a pesky player, but he hasn’t gone over the edge often. Only once has he been suspended by the league. He has been involved in other infamous moments, though, such as an alleged biting incident in the 2011 Stanley Cup final.
The Canucks will be in Ottawa Thursday to take on the Senators before heading to Toronto for a Saturday night tilt with the Maple Leafs.