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06-10-2013, 11:33 AM
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Coach fired via Skype (technology advances)

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/06/10...eger-via-skype

And I thought phone calls were cold.

Interesting how technology now enables a "face to face" meeting.

Have to wonder why NHL/NHLPA don't accept Skype for "in person" discipline hearings. Why require a cross country trip for a one hour meeting when it could be done with all parties online?

Perhaps we'll have a combine interview with a participant not present in the future? Have a coach "on the ice" via robotic presence via Skype?

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A few people on the Oilers board have a real problem with this.

I don't because, well, really... Welcome to the 21st century.

I guess some people expected MacTavish to fly to Switzerland, have that 5 minute conversation, fire Ralph Krueger, and fly back to Edmonton in time to hire Dallas Eakins.

It's not like Krueger found out from his daughter surfing twitter, like Rick Bowness found out about his firing from the Canucks.

Skype video conferences are more personal than a phone call.

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The Bowness/AV/Brown firings were leaked to the media (presumably by AV) before Gillis could alert the parties. This is quite different. Shows just where the Oilers organization is at.. unless MacT is ushering in a new green revolution by not flying. If that's the case, good for him.

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FYI

Coaches get fired via the phone all the time--this is no different

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Zero problem with it. It's not as if Krueger was in the same city, or even continent.

I don't know about NHL disciplinary hearings, but we have people attend court by CCTV fairly routinely.

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I have no problem with this. When more technology comes out to contact people in better ways, they should be allowed to use it.

How should they have fired him, by phone, where you can't be face to face?

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This is the biggest "non-story" in all my years of watching hockey. (Aside from what Paulina Gretzky is up to...and least that is marginally entertaining)

Maybe the media might want to check out some new technology. They might do their job better.

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If I am not mistaken, former Quebec Nordiques coach Micheal Burgeron found out he was fired when someone from the media walked up to him to ask how he felt to be fired

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I'd agree that this isn't as cold as it sounds. Skype is at least a face-to-face medium.

And honestly, we've had 25 years to get ready for this...


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So.... they actually spoke to him and let him know directly that he got fired, and people are upset.... why? Have zero problem with someone being let go via Skype or even just on the phone.

Whoop-de-doo, it wasn't done physically in person. It's not like they faxed him a termination notice or anything.

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This is the way of the world now, expect to see more of this in the future.

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Originally Posted by LadyStanley View Post
Have to wonder why NHL/NHLPA don't accept Skype for "in person" discipline hearings. Why require a cross country trip for a one hour meeting when it could be done with all parties online?
I can't see the NHL wanting to give up rights to an actual in person hearing though.

Right now, all suspensions greater than 5 games require an in person hearing. The player can choose to waive that right and have a phone hearing at their own disgression. I would assume that if a player said to the league "I'll waive my in person right if we do a Skype call instead of a phone call" the league would set it up.

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What's the problem? He was on another continent, nevermind another country. As people have mentioned it's a face to face medium, might not be in the room, but still gives you the opportunity to look the person the eyes and tell him he's fired. He could just as easily have called.

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