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by George Malik on 01/09/12 at 08:14 PM ET
We’ve talked quite a bit about the realignment issue as discussed by the Red Wings’ players and management in measured, reasoned tones, with both sides offering rational arguments as to why the NHL’s plan should or should not have been adopted by a “drop dead” date of January 6th without all the players’ concerns about increased travel and unbalanced conferences yielding playoff disparities addressed.
The CBC’s Elliotte Friedman revealed that Niklas Kronwall and the Red Wings’ PA members actually voted to go ahead with the plan, and, again, both sides offered very understandable and general BS-free comments about the contentious issue.
Today, however, the gentlemen who posted one press release which sounded like somebody made Geoffrey Fieger very angry, and another which dispassionately but thoroughly explained why the people taking the blame for this issue chose the “nuclear option,” with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, respectively, speaking to The Fan 590 about realignment.
I’m not going to post any annotations regarding the comments made by “Der Kommissar” or “Don’t Fehr the Reaper,” and instead, I’ll suggest that you listen to Daly’s comments to The Fan 590’s Brady and Lang this morning…
As well as Fehr’s comments to Bob McCown and Damien Cox...
And I’ll ask you to please judge the respective levels of bullshit, posturing and pandering made by both gentlemen on your own—keep in mind that it is entirely possible, if not probable, that one or both of the gentlemen tell blatant lies to the Fan’s radio hosts for the sake of winning the PR war—and, if you wish, to please share your opinion as to whether either man’s interview changed perspective on the issue, or whether you think that either man spoke like an adult or, as the media did this past weekend, like small, spoiled children who are stamping their feet and calling the other side “doo-doo heads” in front of international audiences for the sake of engaging in temper tantrums.
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