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Kudos to the Rangers’ writers for protesting Islanders’ Botta snub

Per the Sporting News’s Craig Custance, the New York Rangers’ members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association have stood up for a fellow writer who was stripped of his credentials in bizarre fashion:

The New York Rangers chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has decided not to participate in voting on the annual NHL awards as a way to protest the Islanders’ decision to pull the credential of chapter member Chris Botta. The PHWA ballots were sent out this week, with the writers voting on the Hart Trophy, Norris Trophy, Calder Trophy, Lady Byng Trophy, Selke Trophy and All-Star teams.

“Although the Rangers’ chapter doesn’t reflect the sentiment of the other 30 chapters, I’m respectful of its decision,” PHWA president Kevin Allen said. “In America, the idea of using one’s vote as a means of protest is as old as the country itself. And the issue here is important. The PHWA doesn’t believe that an NHL team should be able to deny access to one of our members. Chris Botta is one of our members. And he was denied access by the New York Islanders.”

Botta was a longtime employee of the Islanders and also wrote for AOL FanHouse and his blog Islanders Point Blank. His work also can be found in The New York Times hockey blog Slap Shot. The Islanders never publicly explained the decision. There will still by 160 eligible voters for the award.

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Chris Botta is a joke. They guy should go write and/or follow another team if he’s got so many issues with the Islanders organization. The sad truth is that he’s got no other option but to ride the coat tails of the franchise that gave up on his abilities. He was fired a few years ago and he simply refuses to let go. Get another job dude and find your niche somewhere else.

Posted by Isle Fan from New York on 04/01/11 at 05:26 PM ET

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I remember the column Chris Botta wrote about how the Isles top draft picks (Tavares were not as good as the top picks of other recent Stanley Cup winners (Toews-Kane, Crosby-Malkin, etc) and concluded that the Isles could never hope to win a Stanley Cup with these guys.  The guy crossed the line past reporting and was bashing the team like a disgruntled ex-employee.  I didn’t understand how he could think he could write bash pieces while affiliated with the Islanders and not expect there to be consequences.

Posted by islebback on 04/01/11 at 10:18 PM ET

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