Today’s topics (excluding the part at the end where I say I think Real Sports in Toronto sucks and Pizzo and Noon verbally abuse me):

* It feels like Devils could’ve swept the Rangers by now

* The Rangers’ best players look worn down

* Zach Parise does not

* Mike Rupp gave Marty Brodeur a shot to the chops

* Can the Coyotes win another one?

* Detroit may be getting a new arena – do you prefer old or new barns?

* And much more.

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  1. Please stop talking about Tortorella’s behavior in press conferences. Or, if you’re going to cover the story, then please COVER THE STORY.

    The facts all of us know: Tortorella, irascible by nature, has been abrupt to the point of rude, bullying, and unprofessional in post-season press conferences, at which the league requires him to appear. He’s been fined twice this season (for a total of $50K) for comments made in the press about officiating and characterizations he made of another NHL team and its star players.

    In layman’s terms Tortorella’s been an unprofessional asshole of late. I’m a Ranger fan, and I agree with that assessment. But here’s the difference between you and me: You guys are bloggers with press credentials, and, while the exact rights and obligations of that position are a matter of debate, it’s generally thought that if you have press credentials then you’re essentially a reporter, right? A reporter doesn’t just go to a press conference, listen to a guy, and decide, “This guy’s being an asshole” and call that the story. A reporter asks the question, “WHY is this guy being an asshole?” He or she asks questions, gets answers, and, to the extent that the facts allow conclusions, s/he reaches and reports them. Maybe the answer is to “Why is this guy being an asshole?” is “Because he’s an asshole,” but a reporter only gets to reach that conclusion after s/he’s done some work.

    To make my point, these are just a few of the big questions no one’s asking about speech, NHL policy, and Tortorella’s behavior: What is the NHL’s policy on speech, in general? Is the speech policy written, is it established by past precedence, or both? If the policy is written, what is the text? If there’s text, does it hold up under detailed analysis? What does past precedence tell us about the handling of Tortorella? Have there been similar situations? If so, what’s been done and has Tortorella been treated similarly and/or fairly? If the policy is at least partly decided / arbitrated, who in the league is handing down these decisions? What is his, her, or their process? What does this person(s) think about Tortorella’s abrupt behavior in press conferences? Tortorella was fined for talking; can he be fined for not talking? Is that legal and/or ethical? That’s a fine line; is the NHL concerned about that? Should they be? Has the person(s) in the NHL front offices responsible for speech considered taking action against Tortorella for being rude and/or not talking in press conferences? How does the NHL’s speech policy compare to other North American professional sports leagues? Assuming the league’s policy is legal in the US and/or Canada, is the policy also ethical? If not, how and why? What does Tortorella think about all of this? Etc, etc.

    Am I being clear? You’re not covering the story right now. And if you’re a reporter who’s talking or writing about—but not covering—how someone behaves in a press conference, then your observations just come off as complaints (or compliments) about how the man treats you and your friends. There’s not a person alive who doesn’t have a guy in his industry who treats him rudely. So what? We deal with it. You should, too. And, if I may make a suggestion, the most interesting and, perhaps, effective way to deal with it would be to cover the story.

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