"So Much (Scoring) Funk We All Get Seconds!" - 1/8/09 - Nashville vs. Pittsburgh
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01-09-2009, 04:30 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nashville, TN
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At the bottom. I'll re-post my commentary on Felder's use of the Ellis quote as soon as the NP.com boards decide to start working again...
First, from this morning as I was rushing to get to practice:
Sorry, know I'll take heat on this opinion, but that is irresponsible for Felder to print that quote. He essentially just went to a guy that was yanked out of the game and not allowed to continue trying to help the team, only to see the team comeback and win with him on the bench. Ellis is a professional hockey player, this is his lively-hood, he is going to be upset, he should be upset, that shows he is passionate.
However, for Felder to give him a baited question in a situation where I'm sure that he wanted nothing more than to get changed and go home, that is irresponsible. Sit on that quote. Don't print it and certainly don't put a player in that situation publicly where he is criticizing the coach. It is irresponsible. If anyone thinks Ellis and Trotz didn't talk by now...a goalie getting pulled is going to be addressed face to face prior to the practice the next day at the latest.
Felder, I know you read these boards, to me printing that quote shows me a lack of understanding of the game, the way the team works, and most importantly the player-coach relationship. You don't put a player in that situation minutes after the game ends and the adrenaline is flowing. If you were approached by that player, then go for it - they want it printed and are trying to get attention. But printing that you asked that question, then actually printing the answer given is something I think that is very amateur and unnecessary.
And my follow-up from this afternoon, after I returned from practice:
Still feel the same way about Felder as I did earlier, probably even stronger now. Thanks to Boro for pointing out his own remarks in his running game commentary. I was at the game and have no intentions of ever reading through that. Therefore, based on his own words, he asked a loaded question to an upset individual and got the response he wanted. That's where the disconnect comes from in my opinion. Last night's story should have been about the TEAM sticking together despite being down 3-0 and scoring five unanswered goals in about every conceivable way to comeback and win the game 5-3. That was a team effort where no one player was head and shoulders above the rest. They all busted their butts and gave it their best effort while they were out there - and that includes Ellis.
My biggest problem has to come from the idea that Felder, who is an outsider regardless of credentials - he is not a full-time media member and does not travel to games or attend practice on a daily basis, went into the locker room and sought out Ellis to ask that question. Yes, he was there to do his job and got other quotes, but from his own words, it is clear that he approached Ellis and he asked what is clearly a loaded question to illict the response he got. What makes this worse in my opinion is that he just threw the quote out there. It isn't part of a story, doesn't have any commentary to go along with it, and really isn't a part of the storyline from last night. What is the point of the quote? Was it necessary to prove to people that Ellis didn't like getting pulled? I'd be more concerned if Ellis didn't care, that would be a big story to break and an important piece of information to be shared.
Honestly, I've gone to his blog on a couple occasions to read the quotes. I think it's interesting and provides a peek inside the locker room on most nights. But I have to weigh that against someone trying to create a story based on their feelings, which is what this quote is a prime example of to me. It was unnecessary, unprofessional, and amateur. Feel free to report what you see and what you hear (within reason - common sense has to be applied and there are certain things that are never reported regardless of what market you are in), but don't go into that locker room to seek out an impact quote from an individual high on adrenaline and emotion that they might regret when they see it in print. Felder sought out Ellis. Dan was not preaching this standing in the middle of the locker room for everyone to hear. Felder used a question designed to get one response and one response only. Felder got that response and then did the disservice of taking it outside of the locker room and sharing his opinion through the words of Dan Ellis.
As FCM said, that is the type of behavior that might allow you to keep your press credentials, but will ultimately make it near impossible to do your job because no one will want to get played like that if they can help it.
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