The executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada confirmed Wednesday that representatives from the show spoke to the Vancouver Canucks in connection with issues arising from a Jan. 16 broadcast.
Sherali Najak told CBCSports.ca that he spoke with the Canucks.
"We have all decided that we are moving on from this issue," Najak said. "Viewers can expect Hockey Night in Canada to provide opinion throughout the show and its business as usual. We are moving on."
The Canucks were upset by a segment in which HNIC host Ron MacLean and NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell discussed several incidents involving Vancouver forward Alex Burrows, which were shown on replays.
Burrows had accused referee Stephane Auger earlier that week of targeting him for penalties, stemming from a dispute earlier in the season. Video replays showed Auger and Burrows engaged in a lengthy chat as they skated around prior to the Jan. 11 return game — one in which Burrows later was cited for two minor penalties.
Burrows was fined $2,500 US by the league, with Auger not penalized. The NHL said it could not corroborate Burrows' claims.
MacLean, who's officiated hockey games in his spare time, expressed skepticism that Auger targeted the Canuck. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault and general manager Mike Gillis subsequently criticized the Gemini award-winning MacLean, deeming the segment one-sided.
MacLean went on a Vancouver radio station in the days after the broadcast and defended his right to express an opinion.
Vancouver plays in Toronto on Saturday, the second of three NHL games to be broadcast as part of Tim Hortons Hockey Day in Canada festivities (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 12 p.m. ET).