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Campbell, Gordon, Avery

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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:

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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.”

Unfair pic, but I'm lazy. Looks like Jean Chretien.

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.

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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.

Great fake pic, undoubtedly after some silly game.

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. 

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Avery’s cheap shot on Ladislav Smid

Really, is there anything anyone can say on this that isn’t obvious?

Refuse to tarnish my blog with another pic of Sean Avery.

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.

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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?

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25 Responses to “Campbell, Gordon, Avery”
  1. Will77 says:

    I was shocked at the Gordon firing. I sincerely doubt he “lost the locker room” or any of the other off ice reasons to be fired, and like you and others have said; the team just flat out wasn’t built to win much this season anyway. All the eggs were in the “young kids better take a big step” basket. I loved picking up Wiz, Mottau, Grabner (I like the Konopka willingness to fight and money on faceoffs, but he can’t do anything besides that and pick craptastic goal songs)… but those are tinkering moves contenders make to keep making runs, they’re not supposed to be your “big splash”.

    For the Campbell thing, it should definitely be a committee. And one person should be an ex-player. And they must be deemed an expert by Andy Sutton. Ok, maybe not the last part.

    Can we institute a new rule that any time Avery does something stupid, you post a Marisa Miller pic? Please?

  2. andy says:

    its funny, the nhl at times seems like its still operating in the 50′s.
    it totally plays by its own rules and doesnt answer to anyone.

    and im ok with that.
    i dont think that they have to ‘answer’ to the ‘fans’.
    i dont think they owe the fans anything beyond the on-ice product.

    i do get that the leagues revenues come from the fans (in part), but the nhl is a private enterprise.
    no matter how much you yell, your opinion as a fan doesnt matter. whatever works for the owners is what matters.

    so, as much as i dont like the way colin campbell operates, i know that nothing is going to happen.

    avery – does anyone like him? like his own family?

  3. Char says:

    You know what pisses me off the most? Well, other than the fact that discipline for the NHL is being meted out by a petty, vindictive, foul-mouthed manifestation of the world’s worst hockey parent?

    The blatant hypocrisy, that’s what. Campbell wept copious crocodile tears over Savard last spring, saying he wanted to suspend Cooke, but he couldn’t, I coached Savvy, I care about him, blah blah blah. This confirms it – he doesn’t give a good goddamn about Marc Savard. What a lying fraudulent POS.

    I just feel sorry for his son. It’s not Greg’s fault.

    More on the state of mind here in Bruins land:

    http://blackandgold.hockeyjournal.com/2010/11/leaked-emails-suggest-colin-campbell-held-bias-against-savard-bruins/

  4. lambert says:

    angry bourne is the best bourne.

  5. j says:

    marisa miller, much better than a kitten pic

  6. jtbourne says:

    I’ve clearly under-expressed my love of boobs on this site. Will try to rectify that in the near future.

  7. crushasaurus says:

    The main issue from this Campbell thing is the behaviour of Damien Cox in the aftermath. Tyler put in a lot of effort and research into that post and made damn sure he wasn’t going make any libelous or legal errors, and for Cox to suggest he plagiarised the work of a fellow Toronto Star reporter, even when Tyler had explained the Star’s (inadequate) coverage.

    Cox didn’t even contact Tyler at all, and referred to him as “some blogger”. His arrogance makes me feel fucking sick, and the fact he even tried to make Dellow out to be some lazy, plagiarising blogger was just unbelievable. The real issue should have been the incompetence of his colleague for not reporting the story correctly.

    Anyway, Gordon shouldn’t have been fired and Avery’s a douche.

    Ta daaa.

  8. lew says:

    “Can we institute a new rule that any time Avery does something stupid, you post a Marisa Miller pic? Please?”

    I second that one.

  9. crushasaurus says:

    That first paragraph should end with something like “IS TOTALLY WRONG”, or “IS FUCKING AWFUL, THE DICK-FOR-BRAINS SHIT-EATER”.

  10. andy says:

    also – someone, somewhere else pointed this out first. the email in which colin campbell ends with the all caps FUCK, is one of the finest pieces of writing anywhere.

    also, also – yay boobies! her jaws a bit too square for my tastes though.

  11. gog says:

    I may be a Rangers fan, but I loved Avery back when he was with LA so… Anyway, compared to some other incidents (like the Carcillo cheap shot, although I love Carcillo too, even if he’s a flyer), I can’t be too upset on the incident. Avery makes a good clean check, Smid who isn’t the greatest fighter in the leage goes in and challenges him. Avery plays it dirty, sure, but it wasn’t a cheap shot. Both guys dropped the gloves at the same time, Avery was just faster.

    Still, got no issues with the Oilers reaction, was hilarious to see (if you’re the kind of guy who likes big brawls, I am at least.). If the roles had been reversed (an Oiler doing an “Avery” to a Ranger), I’d be okay with it, as long as my team would respond in the same way as the Oilers did. Not counting the 3 goals they surrendered afterwards.

    And I still hope for an ultimate pest match between Avery and Carcillo, but I find both of them really amusing to watch.

  12. potvinrocks says:

    I hate to disagree with you about Scott Gordon. He was dealt shitty hand. He knew that going in but how many losses until you make the change, 12, 14, 20! He had to pull the reins and get the car under control. Developing players shouldn’t mean you can lose as many as Edmonton.

  13. j says:

    btw, were you drinking w/ Sutter the other night? I read he was in AZ ;)

  14. A 3-member panel seems interesting, but I think the issue with that idea is the matter of finalizing a unanimous decision in a timely manner, especially if the player in question’s team plays their next game soon.

  15. Neil says:

    You’re dead on with the Avery thing, there seems to be a growing number of people who think they look smart by being contrarian and suggesting Avery is actually great for the game, for his team, etc. Uh, no.

    As for the Colin Campbell thing… are we really surprised? The specifics are interesting, but like you said, it’s not exactly news that this guy is bad at his job.

    Re: Damien Cox. This guy is by far my least favourite hockey journalist. How he gets regular face-time on TSN is beyond me. On TV he says boring, common-sense stuff (or occasionally he’ll go with irrelevant) and on print he writes absurd polemics about whatever issue is most controversial. I’m happy to see that more and more people are dismissing this guy as a complete wanker. I don’t know the guy personally and maybe he’s a nice guy who knows how to earn a paycheck in sports journalism, but his work is bloody awful.

  16. karlooch says:

    How can the Rangers keep Avery on their team? Could you imagine having to be that A-Hole’s teammate?

  17. Neil says:

    He could score a goal a game for the Nucks and I wouldn’t cheer for him. I can live with pests like Burrows but not cheap-shot artists without any respect for anything but their paycheck (Yes, I am aware that Burrows is not above the occasional cheap shot…). I was happy the day that Cooke left, he’s a decent player but every year he gets caught on tape trying to end someone’s career by lowbridging them in the knees. Some guys you just shouldn’t cheer for, and Avery is the poster-boy. I have a couple on my rec team too. :)

  18. Deirdre says:

    So when I come to your blog first, and get that hugely animated Campbell discussion but no link! I had 0 idea what you were talking about, not that it was hard to find mind you, but wow was I lost for a bit there.

    I’m thinking the end of this year is gonna be rough in the Campbell household.

    I’ll put in another vote for Marisa Miller (or Jennifer Ellison if others agree with Andy and are not a fan of the square jaw) over Avery (motioned, seconded, passed right?)

  19. jtbourne says:

    Diedre – I tend to think of my place as the 54th place people come to read new hockey info, so, sorry for the lack of a link. Glad you found it. Also, don’t you ever talk bad about my Marisa ever again (Bri’s with me on that, I think. Also a major crush – Jaime Pressly). So yeah, thanks :)

    Also, now that you’re all aware of crushasaurus as a writer, how much more fun are his comments? Also also: let’s all ask/beg Neil to write us a guest blog ASAP. PLEEAASSEE NEEIILL??

  20. Neil says:

    Yup, crushasaurus comments are definitely on my must-read list.
    Maybe I’ll write a guest blog about how Eric Duhatschek and Damien Cox are tripping over each other trying to fall in line behind Campbell and downplay the entire issue. Maybe Colin sent some unbiased, casual emails to them mentioning his feelings and expectations?

    My personal favourite from the emails:
    “He hates officials as well. He is still pissed off at [referee] for a call he missed in the playoffs years ago as I remember him bugging Murph about it. Let’s give him Warren and [referee] than (sic) he will really have something to whine about.”

    He sounds pretty confident about the quality of some of his officials hey?

  21. Andrew says:

    1) Great point that there should be a committee doing Campbell’s job. How’s this for a unlikely, but still possible scenario. The Bruins are in a playoff race (or better yet the playoffs) with a team and there is a questionable incident involving the star player of this other team. Does Campbell get to decide to punishment? What if in the same situation, Chara elbows a player in the head. Does Campbell make the call on this one too? They say that he is not allowed to rule on incidents involving his son, but doesn’t mention anything about his son’s team (Boston). Seems like he’d have insentive to favour the Bruins in these given situations

    2) Sean Avery is probably the worst human being playing professional sports anywhere. That’s all.

  22. Andrew says:

    1) Great point that there should be a committee doing Campbell’s job. How’s this for a unlikely, but still possible scenario. The Bruins are in a playoff race (or better yet the playoffs) with a team and there is a questionable incident involving the star player of this other team. Does Campbell get to decide the punishment? What if in the same situation, Chara elbows a player in the head. Does Campbell make the call on this one too? They say that he is not allowed to rule on incidents involving his son, but doesn’t mention anything about his son’s team (Boston). Seems like he’d have insentive to favour the Bruins in these given situations

    2) Sean Avery is probably the worst human being playing professional sports anywhere. That’s all.

  23. Travis says:

    How about everytime Avery even thinks about doing something stupid we get Marisa?

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