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As a radio personality, I’m used to hearing people accuse the media of deliberately stirring the pot. It’s a common complaint, and a difficult one to refute, especially when you read columns like the one written today by Damien Cox regarding the future of the New York Islanders.
As you know, the Islanders’ request to bond money for a new arena was decisively shot down by the voters of Nassau County on Monday. According to Cox, the vote result was a clear indication of Long Island’s disdain for the team’s owner, Charles Wang:
It’s hard for an owner to become this toxic in a community, but Wang seems to have accomplished that. Fans won’t come to his team’s games — the average attendance of 11,059 was worst in the NHL last season — and the manner in which he has operated the club — signing Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract, hiring a university to do radio broadcasts of the team’s games, selecting the team’s backup goalie to be the new general manager — has alienated many hardcore supporters….
Wang needs to excuse himself from the picture. The NHL may or may not work any longer on Long Island, but it certainly can’t work with him as the owner.
Upon consideration, my comments about @mc79hockey (15 mins of fame, etc.) were gratuitous and unnecessary. I retract and apologize. My bad.
-Damien Cox via a tweet.
The 13 year deal signed by Alex Ovechkin was a simple deal. His salary is straight-lined across the life of his contract. There was never an issue with the structure of the contract with the NHL. It was all done in the light of day - honest and transparent. By the rules. The writer of this article knows that. He is just mad because he didn’t have access to Alex Ovechkin when he wrote his book. We don’t agree with his point of view in his book and we won’t have anything to do with him and his book now. He is on his own….
The writer can say anything he wants about me. He doesn’t scare me. He just can’t distort facts. We won’t let him and he is being called out on this one right here and now.
-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals on Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox. Read more at Ted’s Take.
from J.P of Japers’ Rink,
When asked on Japers’ Rink Radio this past weekend how he thought his forthcoming unauthorized biography of Alex Ovechkin would be received by Caps fans, co-author Damien Cox answered, “A hardcore fan who just wants to hear good things about their team [isn’t] going to be happy,” but “people who are looking for a more complete picture of this guy [will] really enjoy an independent look.”
...here’s the first of two excerpts we’ll be sharing this week, recounting a scene from the 2005 World Junior Championship…]
The hate between Crosby and Ovechkin really began with their first meeting—physical meeting that is—midway through the first period. They weren’t ships passing in the night then—more like trains colliding at the crossing.
The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hockeys Most Dangerous Player [Hardcover], is available for pre-order at Amazon (affiliate link).
Funny, really, to hear Ron Wilson bleating today about how unfair it is that the media is allowed to watch his practices and report on them.
This is the very same coach, ladies and gentleman, who upon coming to Toronto last season ripped the very same media people for not taking the time to watch practice carefully and to ask questions specifically related to drills and practice techniques.
-Damien Cox of The Spin. More on Wilson from Cox.