July 3, 2009

A Couple Of Interesting Reads

One Hundred and Forty Characters That Are Revolutionizing Hockey Coverage

It was on Twitter this week, for instance, that Martin Havlat ignited an on-line firestorm with his parry and thrust against the Blackhawks in the aftermath of failed contract negotiations with them: "Excited to be in Minny where I was welcomed and appreciated by management. The real story about what happened in Chicago to come out." [133 characters]

Soon thereafter he followed with: "There's something to be said for loyalty and honor." [51 characters]
Who says that 140 characters aren't enough to say something interesting, huh?

I wrote about this before, but it's still something to bring up again. For a society that has an attention span the length of a gnat's, Twitter is a good deal. It's also the raw feed of everything that's been going on in the NHL lately with the draft and free agency. It makes you feel like you're a part of the action - even if all you do is read and not type - instead of just a passive spectator waiting for official news to be released.

Speaking of media and Twitter, TSN's Darren Dreger -- he of the 21,000-plus Twitter followers (Dreger Tweet on Entry Draft Friday night: "Gord Miller just compared my number of followers to Paris Hiltons . . : ) ") -- was tweeting in real time from the draft floor in Montreal. The Versus/TSN broadcast of the Draft opened with word of the blockbuster Chris Pronger trade to Philly. But if you're like me, you were exasperated waiting for television's word of what Philly was sending back to Anaheim. The broadcast didn't have those details for a curious period of time, but Dreger on Twitter did.
For every day stuff, I don't know that it's all that valuable. But for things like training camp rosters being trimmed down, Olympic/All-Star teams to be announced, the trade deadline, the draft, and the start of free agency, it's a good deal. Maybe for games as well, but I think that depends entirely upon who's doing the twittering. If it's just scores, then that's almost not even worth the bother.

The growing salary gap, Heatley's mess, Ted Nolan returns

Heatley has badly misplayed his plan for a forced trade out of Ottawa, letting word get out that he didn't want to play for new head coach Cory Clouston.... He compounded his error on Wednesday by shoving his no-movement clause in the faces of Senators management after they constructed a deal to send him to Edmonton.
Players, don't let this be you. What Dany Heatley's doing, I mean. If, for no other reason than, he's pretty much untradeable and is stuck in Ottawa indefinitely.

He is the most recent case of one of the few egos in hockey that's gotten out of control. Everything I've read casually has pointed to the fact that he's a prima donna. And who wants a guy like that on their team?

You know, it wasn't so long ago that the coaches and teams had the power and not the players. And I'm sure most of the players think that's an improvement. I almost always side with the players in most things, but I think that's wrong.

Maybe I'm Old School, but I think coaches and teams should have the power, and not the players. It'd be like students having control of the school, or workers having control of the company. It doesn't always work out very well, in the end. The establishment ought to be in control of the situation, not the visitors.

Heatley's a classic example of the players having too much power. As are Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer waiting until they're damned well ready to play when they want and where they want. They call the shots and the rest of the guys on the team get to suffer for that. It'd be one thing if it were in the best interest of all of the players on the team, but it almost never is. It's always done for selfish and individual reasons. And that's not right.

In the end, it's not the players that have the power. The reality is that it's only the star players that have the power, while the majority of the rest of the players suffer for it. It's not even a partnership with the league or the teams, either, since the players finally know their worth.

And that's not so unlike Soviet or Chinese communism that way. The wealthy oligarchs rule, and power is not distributed evenly amongst the general population. Even if the majority has been encouraged to think that it has.

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