Bo Horvat Backtracks on Comments About Canucks Fans

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Bo Horvat's controversial statement about Vancouver and his subsequent clarification, while examining his performance with the New York Islanders since the trade.

In a recent interview following the Islanders game, Bo Horvat made a controversial statement that has caught the attention of hockey fans. When asked about the excitement in the building, Horvat said, “It’s a lot better than Vancouver, I’ll tell you that for free.” This comment generated quite the buzz, but the player soon felt the need to clarify his statement in another interview.

Bo Horvat, who was traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the New York Islanders earlier this season, wanted to set the record straight. He expressed that he didn’t mean any disrespect to the city or fans of Vancouver with his previous comments. Horvat explained, “It might have come out the wrong way… I’m just excited to be in this position right now (making a playoff push).”

Since joining the Islanders, Horvat’s production has taken a hit. In 28 games with the team, he has recorded 7 goals and 8 assists for a total of 15 points. Before the trade, Bo had a more impressive stat line, with 31 goals and 23 assists, totaling 54 points in 49 games with the Canucks.

The trade that brought Horvat to New York in January saw the Canucks receive Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty, and a conditional first-round pick in the 2023 NHL draft. As the regular season comes to a close, it remains to be seen how Horvat’s presence on the Islanders will impact their playoff push and if he can return to the high level of performance he displayed in Vancouver.

With only 2 games remaining, the Islanders are battling for the final two playoff spots with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers. The Islanders face off against the Washington Capitals tonight.

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