A quick, well designed apology would have kept those good vibes going. Those who dont care what he did, dont think he needs to apologize. Those who dont think players owe fans anything, dont think he needs to apologize. Those who think he turned his back on the fans and franchise, think an apology would go a long way to rebuilding or fixing the relationship.
This is something we will never agree on.
I'm gonna give him a pass on the apology for a couple of reasons.
1) Why apologize? He got a THUNDEROUS standing ovation. The crowd went WILD thinking Henry was gonna unfurl the banner right there. He's not had to account for it, why should he now (other than to appease guys like you and I?)
2) Would it really appease us? I can't think of watching him say "Sorry" in any context where I'd go "oh, ok buddy, don't worry about it". Bringing it up is not gonna go well for him.
3) He doesn't owe us anything. I can't say this without bagging on him a little, but here's a tiny little guy from BC who is incredibly gifted at this sport. He is also extremely introverted. He went all the way to Maine to play, then to Anaheim. We know little or nothing about his family, his friends, his life now. We knew little or nothing then. He didn't ask for celebrity or fame, just to play and get paid. Even his big 50 mill deal he said was more for the NHLPA than him. He wants to be left alone. He doesn't want to deal with this bulls*. About the only public statement he made of ANY CONSEQUENE in his entire life was "same time next year" or whatever and that blew up in his face. If Teemu's motto is "come on over, lets go do something" Paul's is "leave me alone". From HIS perspective, he worked his ass off, gave 110% and got paid because he put butts in the seats. He's right. I would love nothing more than for this guy to be like Parros or Selanne, an open book happy-go-lucky ambassador for the team and the game. Not ever gonna happen.
RGS I'm not saying you are wrong. I'm saying that I'm over it. I'll still take swipes at him. He's still not my kind of player or my kind of guy, and his departure was pure bulls* that blew up in his face. But honestly I watched him in those videos and stuff and thought "OK, fine, good for him. He was a hell of a player".