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Silence Might Be Golden

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

You wonder if Alexander Medvedev is at some point going to realize that silence is a better option.

The KHL president’s continued criticism of the NHL over the past week, in the wake of Russian star players having to leave his league and head back to the lockout-free NHL, lacks judgment, to say the least. 

Has it ever occurred to Medvedev that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have yet to commit to the Sochi 2014 Olympics? 

Why is he stirring up the KHL-NHL animosity pot before getting official assurance that the NHL is a go for your Olympics? 

The latest Medvedev anti-NHL comments came over the weekend. 

"Not all the people who govern NHL teams have a hockey heart," Medvedev was quoted as saying in some Russian media reports. 

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Pierre is lucky to live in a country where he is free to publish his thoughts. Imagine if he lived in Russia and published that…

Posted by TheFreak on 01/14/13 at 04:41 PM ET

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I can’t imagine Russia would feel that proud about winning Olympic gold without the other countries having their top players in the tournament.

Yes, I could certainly see how awful it would be for Russia if the hockey federation of every non-North American country gets furious with the NHL for not allowing their native sons to play in the Olympics.

And how awful it would be for Russia if they could build a big bite of truth into the growing cultural pressure on young Russian hockey players to stay home instead of heading to the NHL. If you can’t stop Malkin, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, and Datsyuk from heading back to the NHL, the next best thing you can do is try to convince the next versions of those players to come along that they don’t want to leave in the first place.

It’s a dodgy proposition and yes, it’s fairly likely to backfire on Russian hockey culture, but pastoral attitudes like Lebrun’s here can be very dangerous. The NHL is on top for now and they probably will continue to do so for a while, but ti’s worse for North American hockey to have fewer Europeans.  I don’t care what Don Cherry says.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/14/13 at 04:45 PM ET

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Not sure why Pierre feels he has the right to lecture here. I don’t think Medvedev’s comments are that far fetched. I think some NHL owners AREN’T “hockey people” and do act with their net worth in mind rather than the good of the game/league. I actually think that’s pretty obvious.

I also find Pierre’s metaphor of his daughter to be a bit patronizing. Like the NHL simply ALLOWED their players to play in the KHL as a good natured “bonus” and are now simply taking them back. The entire reason those stars were playing in the KHL is because of the utter ineptitude and bad-faith negotiating tactics of the NHL.

And this idea that this “stirring the pot” will affect the olympics… lets just say Russian players aren’t the only players with national pride. I don’t think the Canadians and the Swedes are going to simply accept not participating for their country in order to pay back the KHL for comments they made about the NHL. The league can try and play hardball and they can try and get Gary better seats to the games or whatever, but at the end of the day, if the players want to play in the Olympics badly enough, the owners simply aren’t going to stop them. It’s all a bluff so they can try and squeeze some money out of the Olympics (which is not going to happen either).

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 01/14/13 at 05:08 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

neither are most “Owners” in the KHL, Most are Russian Mafia who got in the Oil Boom in Russia & made a Mint

Posted by Evilpens on 01/14/13 at 05:33 PM ET

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“Not all the people who govern NHL teams have a hockey heart,” Medvedev was quoted as saying in some Russian media reports. 

What’s so controversial about that comment?  It seems pretty accurate to me.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/14/13 at 07:13 PM ET

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Not sure why Pierre feels he has the right to lecture here.

Because he is a journalist (sic).

Medvedev is trying to use whatever emotional levers he can find to keep as many better players in his sport as possible.

Lebrun is being parochial and stupid, but the second one is par for the course.

I have a hard time believing anyone takes anything people at Medvedev’s level say serious.  Whether it’s him, or Bettman, or the president of the IOC, or whoever… it’s always about money.  Always.

‘Hockey heart’, my ass.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/14/13 at 07:20 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/14/13 at 06:20 PM ET

I’m curious if you realize that your constant dumping on every media member implies that you believe you know more and/or are a better judge of the state of hockey than said media?  This may be a bit of a fluff piece, but mostly he is reporting on Medvedev’s comments and offering an opinion on them.

When you criticize LeBrun, who by most accounts is a respected journalist (and he is a journalist, he is paid as such by two gigantic sports news companies), and then offer your own snarky opinion in the same post, you are basically saying “LeBrun is an idiot so here’s some real insight from me.”  “Me” being an anonymous commenter on a hockey blog who generally only draws disdain from others.

I know you like bitching for bitching’s sake, but you do it so often I’m wondering if maybe you don’t realize how ridiculous you are?  Either way, I can’t help but feel pity for you and the life (sic) you must lead.

 

Posted by yayamo on 01/14/13 at 08:46 PM ET

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I know you like bitching for bitching’s sake, but you do it so often I’m wondering if maybe you don’t realize how ridiculous you are?  Either way, I can’t help but feel pity for you and the life (sic) you must lead.


I think this is a bit over the top. Writers are fair game and as such are part of the sport when it comes to blogging commentary. HD is snarky, condescending and arrogant, but at least he gives his opinion and it isn’t the cookie cutter tripe thrown out by the lemmings. Besides defending reporters is beyond the pale and probably the most outrageous thing said on this site in months.

Posted by timbits on 01/14/13 at 11:47 PM ET

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Saving face for Russians is more important than winning the issue. If you blow a little bluster in public then in the backroom cook up a deal, all is good!

Posted by timbits on 01/14/13 at 11:56 PM ET

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