Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/08/05 at 12:38 AM ET
Steve Stirling made a statement yesterday in his effort to gain control -- and respect -- of his team when he tossed Janne Niinimaa off the ice during practice at Iceworks. The embattled Islanders coach, who has heard the fans calling for his head and has seen too many veteran players coast through the early part of the season, decided he had seen and heard enough from the former all-star defenseman. "He was moaning and bitching and I didn't want to hear anymore," Stirling said. "Nothing else to say. It's about keep your mouth shut and work ... It's a distraction. So why not get rid of the distraction for the hour so we can get some work done? And we did."
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