I meant other than Vest. Vest asks ok questions but not the questions that need to be asked. Compared to other NHL teams (or pro/college teams for that matter), this is very unusual practice with the media.
Kind of a waste of an article if you ask me. Why wouldn't Maloney have a press conference about re-signing Daniel Winnik? Why do you think? How many questions about the ownership situation vs. Winnik's chances of making the squad next year? About a 10-1 ratio? Maloney is in a can't win situation here right now and is doing everything in his power to keep the franchise pointed in the right direction. Realistically, maybe the Vrbata deal or the Yandle re-signing needed something more than a press release but given the circumstances I think we can give Maloney a pass.
He's been at the practices. I talked to him for a few minutes. He said he's just as confused as the rest of us. Do we have any questions for him (non BK related ones) just in case I run into him again this next week.
Don Maloney spent 7 years working for Glen Sather who hardly ever talks to any media. Sather has talked three times to the media this summer. In Montreal at the draft. On June 30 when the Rangers traded Scott Gomez to Montreal.On July 1 when the Rangers signed Marian Gaborik and Donald Brashear.That conference call was more Gaborik than Brashear. All of the other moves made by the Rangers were just conference calls with the players.
It was never to be a "press conference". Media (and bloggers) were advised that it was a press availability. That's a typical media presentation. Maloney is almost always available by phone or e-mail. I suspect he was told to lay low by the NHL because of the Gretzky issue.