Go ahead. Take your best shot. Whip Rene Bourque all you want. He can take it.

Despite back-to-back, 27-goal campaigns following a career-high 21-goal debut with the Calgary Flames, it doesn't seem the Edmonton-born pride and joy of Lac La Biche can win the favour of Joe Flames Fan or the Calgary media.

Too inconsisent, they cry. Looks too indifferent at times.

Well, until he hears it from his coach or his teammates, the snipes all run off him like water off a duck's back.

"It doesn't bother me at all," he said, as he prepared for Saturday night's season lid-lifter at the Saddledome. "I don't think a lot of the people who make those remarks really know what they're talking about sometimes. You don't have to be scoring goals to be playing well.