I consider myself a big fan of the Red Wings but knowledgable - like this blogger is pushing it - would put it way too far. Anyway, after reading news how the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Boston are handling their players I can understand why organisations don't want to give too much out.
The only point I somewhat agree is that the team and especially management aren't taking critics very well, as proven by an Email from a poster here a few days ago.
But the media has to understand one thing: The job of a hockey organisation is to ice the best possible roster, players are paid to perform on the ice not to be media-monkeys. Putting myself into Kessel's shoes I would have declined every interview with a Torontosun reporter till they are accepting that I'm shy and don#t want to talk to them, till then no comments no interviews.
Sometimes the media thinks they are way more important when in reality they aren't even important.
btw. for the 24/7 stuff the media considered it "boring" boohoo down to earth hockey players acting like always, so no forced stories or Bryzgalovs quotes for you ? Cry me a river, I thought the insight about Babcocks decisions and how he reacts to pressure have been outstanding.
I agree with most of this. Journalists are, generally speaking, all lying areseholes. They drive the story, even as they pretend to report it. The media for Toronto, Philly, NYR, its like having half a dozen Drew Sharpe's as your beat reporters, and he is the lowest of the low (thank goodness he has the Lions to focus his childish trolling on).
Having said that, the Wings beat reporters are a bunch on patsies. HSJ is the worst, she is virtually a unpaid mouthpiece for Ken Holland. I understand that being in and around the team every day makes it hard to be too critical of them, but the silence on the teams succession of poor roster decisions the last 5 years has been deafening.