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A Tough Spot For The Media

from Scott Burnside of the Daily Faceoff,

There was a time when a veteran reporter like Jim Matheson in Edmonton, a member of the media arm of the Hockey Hall of Fame I might add, would have walked into the Edmonton Oilers locker room on an off day and maybe waited until the television cameras moved on, and sat down next to Leon Draisaitl and asked him about the many problems afflicting the slumping Edmonton Oilers.

Maybe Matheson, whom I have known and respected as a true pro since I got in this business almost 25 years ago, would have asked the same questions he asked Tuesday. Questions that were recorded in our new Zoom life and immediately digested, debated and digested and debated some more by folks on social media, the vast majority of whom have never had occasion to speak to a pro athlete, let alone ask one of the best players in the world why his team sucks.

That’s not an indictment of the commentary necessarily. Hey, it’s social media. Have at it, although it always infuriates me when other ‘journalists’ weigh in on these kinds of situations in what I can only assume is an effort to curry favor with their social media tribe. Don’t you have anything better to do? But I digress.

More than highlight the manner in which the Edmonton Oilers’ season has gone down the rabbit hole, Tuesday’s awkward interchange reinforces the great disconnect that has been created and exacerbated in these pandemic times between the player, coaches and executives of NHL teams and the reporters whose job it is to try and share the stories, good and bad, with the fans who are the lifeblood of the game.


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So Jim Matheson can call draisitle pissy because he said they need to get better at everything because he’s in the media arm of thr HoF?  Is this RHIP situation and draisitle needs to pay his dues to Jim?

Rarely do o find it worth it to read what’s behind the paywall.  Most of these journalists best work is are their tweets which are usually spoon fed info from teams or agents.  Get off the pyre.  Drink water change your socks and drive on.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/19/22 at 06:54 PM ET

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Sorry, but I put this on the Oilers playerS more than the media.

Matheson’s 1st question is about as expected as it gets when a 16-5 team goes 2-8-2 over it’s next chunk of games.

Easy answer: “We need to help our goalies out more and be willing to get into shooting lanes more. I can’t be a minus player 3 games in a row.”

Smith is 39 years old…remember what happened to Hasek that last year in Detroit during the Stanley Cup run (though he was 43). Smith has been hurt most of the season. Mikko Koskinen has proven he can’t handle a starter’s role and Stuart Skinner is a 23 yr old rookie.

So barring a trade it’s going to be the #1 issue they must overcome. Why not take some pressure off the goalies and just say 3 more sentences?

Posted by d ca on 01/20/22 at 07:29 AM ET

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