Retired NHLer Marc Methot latest to bash Winnipeg

Retired NHLer Marc Methot latest to bash Winnipeg

The former Winnipeg Jets head coach, Paul Maurice, would surely have a tasty retort for the most recent NHLer to slag Winnipeg.

The retired hockey defender, known to dish out hip checks over his career, delivered a low blow to Winnipeg in a Monday Twitter post.

The retired hockey defender, known to dish out hip checks over his career, delivered a low blow to Winnipeg in a Monday Twitter post.

Actually, it’s former NHLer Marc Methot taking a swipe at the Manitoba capital this time.

The retired hockey defender, known to dish out hip checks over his career, delivered a low blow to Winnipeg in a Monday Twitter post.

A part-time analyst for Ottawa Senators home games, Methot provided in-depth analysis of team hotels, restaurants, the downtown, and, of course, the weather.

“Worst hotel in the NHL. The Fairmont in Winnipeg,” his tweet began. “Paper thin walls, very loud doors, bedsheets that zap you upon entry, sh– weather, almost no nearby restaurants, tough scene.”

Methot ended with this: “Call me a prima-donna, I don’t care.”

Many responded, and friendly Manitobans had helpful hints for the 37-year-old.

Some told him there’s a well-regarded steakhouse just outside that particular hotel, while others had tips on how to cut down on static electricity.

Several took Methot up on his “prima-donna” offer.

Methot wasn’t even in Winnipeg with the Senators, who played in Minnesota Sunday and spent Monday here, “enjoying” a day off. They’ll take on the Jets, Tuesday.

Methot was back in Ottawa, his hometown. Where, you know, it’s never cold or dry.

Perhaps this not-so-well-aimed shot from Methot should come as no surprise.

This is a player who twice in his career went more than 100 regular-season games without scoring a goal.

March Methot bashing Winnipeg

Marc Methot, former Ottawa Senator deletes his tweets slagging Winnipeg.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

The whole thing was comically reminiscent of the time, five years ago, when some members of the San Jose Sharks slagged Winnipeg for being cold and dark with lousy Wi-Fi.

We had all kinds of fun especially when the Jets beat the Sharks.

A local restaurant cooked up “shark bites” as a revenge dish.

Politicians weighed in, too, then-Mayor Brian Bowman offering a snide tweet about how to enable Wi-Fi and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister inviting the Sharks to “come back soon and get ready to be pouty again after your next loss.”

After hours of absorbing online face-washes to his tweet, Methot posted another.

Unlike the Sharks, who apologized for the whole thing, Methot basically doubled down.

“I can see that I’ve riled up lots of people with this post,” he noted. “I’d like to take the time to apologize for forgetting to mention another thing. 99.9 percent of players have Winnipeg on their “no trade” lists. Have a great day!”

Curiously, a couple hours later Methot had deleted the tweets, despite saying at one point he didn’t care who he offended.

It was as if the whole thing never happened.

The thing is, it happens quite a bit. This is an easy place to bash.

About a year after the Sharks fiasco, more than 40% of players polled by ESPN said Winnipeg was the last place they wanted to play.

“Always cold,” “dirty,” “just depressing,” were some of the words used to describe it.

You think those of us who live here don’t know that?

We don’t need someone who’s earning millions to tell us we’ve got issues.

The moral of the story: leave the Winnipeg-bashing to those of us who actually live here.

Or as one Twitter user put it: “Well yeah, Winnipeg is a dumpster fire. But, it’s OUR dumpster fire!”

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