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Stirring the Pot

Here's a prime example of a non-story:

Asked if the Montreal Canadiens will be looking to carry out revenge against him at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, Mikhail Grabovski coyly shrugged his shoulders.

“Why would they? What happened last time? I forget,” Grabovski said, obviously playing dumb after the Maple Leafs 4-2 win in Philly on Monday.

Don't be fooled. Of course he knows what happened. He just doesn’t want to give the Habs any more reason to be riled up.

Of course, Grabovski was accused of biting Montreal's Max Pacioretty during a game earlier this month.  With that in mind, it's perfectly reasonable for reporter Mike Zeisberger to pose the revenge question to Grabovski.  But the fact of the matter is Grabovski said absolutely nothing newsworthy.  Funny enough, Zeisberger actually acknowledges why the Leafs winger wouldn't take the bait in his column. 

The question is, because Grabovski wouldn't take the bait, why did Zeisberger write the column?  There was utterly nothing to write about.  It's always driven me nuts when hockey writers to to stir the pot prior to a game between two rivals, especially when the previous encounter was particularly heated. 

If Zeisberger wants to write a piece discussing his belief that the Canadiens are going to make life miserable for Grabovski tomorrow night, that's fine.  But he did nothing of the sort.  The purpose of his column was to tell the legion of hockey fans across North America that Mikhail Grabovski had nothing interesting to say about the game whatsoever.  It's a complete waste of time. 

Sadly, it happens too often.  Suffice it to say the media earns its soiled reputation.

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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.

Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.