Posted by Justin Bourne under Dave Lozo's Bag Skate on May 23, 2013
There are many in things life that most of the population accepts as true that I find myself questioning. Benedict Cumberbatch is a good-looking man? Is it the accent? The fame? He’s pasty, has weird hair and a weirder name. Really, he’s me in high school.
Perhaps the most perplexing and confusing thing seems to happen at least once a year during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s that moment when NHL coaches and general managers cease to be experts in the construction and managing of hockey players and suddenly become masters of illusion, diversion and psychology.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson wrote an angry letter the day after Raffi Torres was suspended after Game 2 of San Jose’s Western Conference semifinal series with the Kings after leveling Jarret Stoll. Wilson used the phrase “grossly unfair” to describe the suspension for the remainder of the series and defended his player passionately and eloquently.
Right around the same time, Rangers coach John Tortorella was doing his yearly routine of not answering harmless, normal questions and making a spectacle of himself. This came after his team lost Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Bruins.
Following both events, Wilson and Tortorella were hailed as masters of distraction. “They put the focus on themselves,” I’m sure some guy said. “No one is talking about the struggles of the team,” I’m almost positive some other person remarked.
“Have you people all lost your minds?” I wonder to myself whenever these “distraction” stories are written. Read the rest of this entry »