I'm gonna go ahead and lock this, I don't see the relevance for trade speculation talk with no substance or sources while playoffs are underway. There's plenty of time in the offseason to bring this up in the many trade rumor/speculation threads that may emerge.
Who gives a sh*t who's in net. One of the worst and sorriest defenses in the league. This is more than just a slump. This team WAY overachieved and they're now back down to earth. But it is what it is. Going to have to start a complete rebuild soon. Wings need like 4-5 years of missing the playoffs.
4-5? What have you been smoking on? We need at least 10-15.
I just got home from watching Jake Patterson stop 45 of 48 shots to help the Kitchener Rangers beat Little Berts 1 goal and 1 assist for the Guelph Storm 5-3.
Guelph and Kitchener are hated rivals. Usually a ton of fights and mega penalty minutes. This game was no exception. Only 3 fights but 56 minutes in penalties.The biggest difference between 2 years ago and now, Little Bert was involved in most of the penalties and started the fights and he was a little lightning bug being a pest. Maybe maturity maybe the injuries caught up or both but now he is a more complete player. He stayed out of all the scrums and hardly hit anyone. It was also clear that Guelph was a 1 line team, at least tonight. If Bertuzzi's line came off, it was not off for long and he also played most of the PK and PP minutes. I think Bertuzzi fired at least a dozen or more shot attempts had some bad puck luck with a couple posts and fan on a empty net.
Jake was the number one star and for good reason, he saw a lot of rubber and a lot were good scoring opportunities. He works the lower net really well and was quick with little rebounds. He made 4 or 5 highlight reel saves stoneing what seemed to be for sure goals.
Best part of the game is I got to take my daughter to her first OHL hockey game. It was a late night, but she enjoyed it. She asked me on the ride home when can she come with me to watch a Red Wings Game. I think it will be sooner then later.
Well for starters, identifying the actual truth about a subject informs the public. And since the Red Wings, like all other businesses, are dependent on the public for revenue they are generally are very amenable to public opinion.
Those types of questions also help inform management too. One of the biggest mistakes any decision maker can make is thinking that their way is the best way, or their thought process cannot be criticized. The press acts as a sounding board for decision makers all the time. Ken Holland is not different.
Finally, asking relevant questions and ensuring that the answers provided are accurate and reliable is also the whole point of having journalism in the first place. If you'd rather they didn't ask questions, then why do you bother reading news? Just have the Red Wings twitter and facebook posts sent to your smart phone and move on if you don't care if the news is accurate or not. However I suspect, since you do go out of your way to consume news (by your own admission), that you'd likely prefer that the news you get is being collected and distributed in accordance with best possible industry standards and not just phoned in.
But you're acting as if, if the right questions were asked, Holland would be all forth-coming with "the truth".
He has his famous sayings.. "I like our team" etc. for a reason. They don't have to answer to us whether we like that or not.
Success has granted them some leniency in that department. If that continues downward I don't expect them to turn to their fan-base for direction.
Again, I read the Wings media reports to get updates on players (reports, stats, facts) and read opinion pieces to better reflect on my own. Not to read Holland Q&As.
Everyone has a job to do. If you're in PR, you have a responsibility to the team to make the team look good. That's what they hire you to do. The team is the one who's paying the PR guy, not the newspapers.
As for reporters/bloggers, they can write whatever they want within the laws of libel and the standards of their paper (in the case of reporters).
If the PR guy for the Wings doesn't work well with some reporters/bloggers who don't report the team in a good light, he's just doing his job. It doesn't silence the reporters/bloggers. It just means that they don't have a red carpet that leads straight to their information.
There's news and there's opinion. If a reporter is reporting news (i.e. Wings sign Player X) then what will be reported is the facts. If the reporter is posting opinion (i.e. Player X is the next big thing) then that is what will be published.
The PR people have a responsibility to provide the news reporters with their facts. Any opinion reporters can take those facts and comment at will, but it's the PR guy's job to see that the news reporters get accurate data.
As a hyper-fan, I'd love to get more inside information, but these guys are people with lives and it's also the PR guy's job to protect that whilst still giving fans access to the players. If you work for the team, you're not going to work with a reporter/blogger who wants access so he can rip a player apart or throw him under the bus. That's not taking care of your team, which is part of your job. There has to be a level of trust there if we expect the players to open up to the media for us.
I'm checking the news daily in hopes of seeing "Danny DeKeyser re-signed" and when I do, I will first seek out the facts, and then come here to get all of the opinion I can handle on the subject. Sure, I will probably read some opinion articles and some blogs if I run into them, but at the end of the day, any one of us here who is reasonably literate could be a blogger if we really wanted to.