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So much to talk about in the hockey world, goddamn. This blog is about to write itself.
Here’s my take on today’s Big Three:
Colin Campbell apparently loves his son; Marc Savard, not so much
I’m not sure what to make of all this, because, as PD radio discussed today, it’s not exactly a smoking gun in terms of “he said that, you can’t say that, he’s out.”
But for all the things it implies, it is a smoking gun.
I know it’s “innocent until proven guilty,” but we’re not all pretending we couldn’t glean anything from the tone of those emails, are we? No one else felt like, if that was .01 percent of emails from his time in that role with the NHL, then there would be something much, much worse in the other ones?
Didn’t the NHL hand-pick those emails to demonstrate a case in court? As in, the really bad ones would’ve been skipped over?
This guy has proven to not be all that great at his job before, and now we see he’s holding a bias against a player in the league who’s damn near a Lady Bing candidate? Especially given the whole Cooke/Savard fiasco, isn’t it getting hard to believe that this guy isn’t ethically questionable? Should I ask another rhetorical question? Who am I, Rick Reilly?
Here’s one more: Shouldn’t a jury of three-or-so people do Campbells job, so it’s not just one man making the tough decisions and giving recommendations? If boxing only had one judge, fight results could turn out totally different than how they do on some nights. You can’t let one man’s opinion be worth so much, especially when he seems about as genuine as a purse sold outside the NHL offices by a street vendor.
I dunno…. the whole thing was just what we as NHL fans complaining about the “Wheel of Justice” needed to start the push for his removal, if you ask me.
The Islanders fire Scott Gordon, promote Jack Capuano to interim head coach
I won’t talk too much about “Cappy,” as I will call him henceforth because literally everyone does, since I wrote about him for USA Today….today. But as for the Gordon firing, I think it’s a shitty move.
The reality is, from everything I’ve heard, Scott Gordon is a tremendous coach. Finding a good coach is no easy task, and to remove one from the bench because the team is failing to execute and has injured stars is absolutely bogus.
At what point is a team just too incomplete to win? Like, if we put an ECHL team in there that lost 15 straight, does the coach have to go? Is the attitude really “it doesn’t matter who the players are, you should win once in awhile?” What about a CHL team? SPHL?
Gordon and the Isles needed to ride this miserable fucking storm out together, get better, and be judged when they have a full roster (as in, add two of their arguable top three players and Andrew Macdonald).
As I mentioned, I wrote about Cappy today – the link will be up when it posts – but I just don’t think he’s the guy to make a difference on the Island. And don’t misunderstand me, I GENUINELY like Jack. He’s a great, likable guy. He’s just not the AHL coach to right the ship.
As for whoever the next permanent coach is: I heard Wysh on Puck Daddy radio today (good show today) saying that “they’ve already tried an AHL coach, they need to go in a different direction this time,” but I’m not sure that makes a whole ton of sense.
You can’t lump 30 AHL coaches together and act like they’re the same product – even at that level level, everybody employs different styles with different personalities, and this team just needs to find it’s right fit now that Gordon has been ruled out, regardless of where the guy comes from.
Frankly, I’d prefer they give a second proven AHL coach a chance and spend the extra money on another player than overpay for the chance to recycle a guy who’s coached in the league before.
Avery’s cheap shot on Ladislav Smid
Really, is there anything anyone can say on this that isn’t obvious?
If you’re going to fight the guy, you fight him. You don’t wait, look around, act like you might not, then attack and land a bomb.
If you’re a “Smid should be paying attention if he asked him to fight” guy, get lost. How long do you have to stare at a guy you just asked to fight who clearly isn’t dropping the mitts? He asked, he asked, he glove shook……nothing? Okay, let me see where the play isBOOM.
Sean Avery plays with zero honor and continues to prove what a gutless waste of talent he is. Plus, I think the guy has his wires crossed.
Ha, wow Bourne, angry blog today. Ah well, gotta take a stand on stuff like this I guess, and that’s where I’m at. You?