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Handwriting was on the wall

Posted on: October 16, 2008 2:52 pm

Just heard Denis Savard talking about his firing on the NHL's XM Radio Home Ice station, which took some guts because the Chicago Blackhawks only gave him the news a couple of hours earlier.

Savard's tone hid his bitterness about as well as John McCain did during the presidential debate last night,  claiming he did " a heck of a job with the young kids" and insisting he would always feel like he made an important contribution should this team one day win the Stanley Cup.

No wonder he said he was surprised by the decision. If that's true though, it  should only be because the Blackhawks are coming off their first win of the season. What Savard must have realized was that his firing was inevitable since the summer when the team refused to give him a contract extension beyond this season and brought former Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville into the organization as a pro scout.

Quenneville has a proven track record as a winning NHL coach, even if he was dumped by Colorado after taking them to the second round of the playoffs, which was further than they deserved to be last season. But Quenneville did not have the same "in" with the higher ups in the organization as his replacement Tony Granato,  a protege of team president and former GM Pierre Lacroix who had never coached at any level when he was hired as Colorado's head coach in 2002. It soon became apparent that Granato wasn't ready, and after the lockout he was demoted to an assistant's role to learn under Quenneville.

Savard didn't have any head coaching experience either when Chicago elevated him from an assistant's role midway through the 2006-07 season. But he was a Hall of Fame player who became famous for his "Savardian spin" during his  10 playing seasons with the Blackhawks and he was a personal favorite of former owner Bill Wirtz. Thing is Wirtz passed away just before last season began, leaving the team in the hands of his son, Rocky, and new team president John McDonough, a marketing whiz who came over from the Cubs organization and neither had any particular loyalty to Savard.

But with an overhauled lineup that featured a wealth of recently drafted young talent, it didn't really matter because the Blackhawks looked exciting on the ice and came close to making the playoffs. The run generated buzz for the team in Chicago for the first time in years and created very high expectations for this season, especially after the team opened the check book and made big splashes on the free agent market.

Unfortunately things went sour quickly and threatened to unravel all the good will. The Blackhawks lost their first three games of the season, including the home opener against Nashville that was preceded by a red carpet entry to the arena by the players. The team looked lackluster and directionless in all the games, and started off slowly again last night, before an electrifying goal by Martin Havlat got them on track for their first win.

 But the problems with the team's power play and penalty killing were still evident, and questions about the work ethic weren't really answered, certainly not to the satisfaction of someone like Bowman, who clearly has the ear of those who call the shots.

That's something that general manager Dale Tallon should be thinking about right now.

Category: NHL

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2008 1:17 pm

Handwriting was on the wall

Dude, that is the most hilarious post I've seen in weeks!  I'll have to make a note to self to read Wes Goldstein more often.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2008 12:48 pm

Handwriting was on the wall

Dear Rob Cooper:

Please keep your lips off John McCain's cock and balls.

Don't you know he suffered enough as a POW?


John McCain's cock and balls

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 9:31 am

Handwriting was on the wall

Suggesting that McCain seemed to hide a level of bitterness during a debate is more of an observation that it is political commentary.

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2008 8:25 am

Handwriting was on the wall

Devilsmets, you are a complete racist moron. I agree that he should keep his politics out of hockey talk, but at least he's not writing hate like you. What makes you think all people on welfare are African Americans? I suggest you might want to keep your political(ignorant) views to yourself.

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 2:19 am

Handwriting was on the wall

i think Barack Obama would make a fine goalie for either the struggling Av's or the up and coming LA Kings. 

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2008 2:06 am

Handwriting was on the wall

lol just because he can think logically doesn't mean he's a moron, unlike some people.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 12:08 am

Handwriting was on the wall

He probably gets off writing about politics because of morons like DevilsMets2003 who spouts ignorant racist rants on an article about hockey with a single reference to the debate last night.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2008 11:55 pm

Handwriting was on the wall

Where does this moron come off talking about politics in a hockey story. Why does every brain dead actor (Matt Liberal Damon), Singer - ( John - Do another Drug Bonjovi), Ugly over the hill actress (B Streisand) and now Idiot Hockey writer - (Goldstein) have to try to tell people what they think about politics. Like we really care.

If they want to pay more taxes, er contributions to the US goverment so they can waste the money let them send a check made out to Uncle Sam.  If you want to penalize people for making more than $250 K and being successful, let them move to Communist China. Why would you want to redistribute the wealth from somebody who is earning it to a dead beat sitting on the couch waiting for their next beer and government check.

Obama probably wants to give compensation to African Americans for slavery. Like we haven't been compensating them for the last 100 years with welfare checks.

People with common sense should just boycott all the movies these liberal actors, writers and singers produce and hit them in the pocket.  This will be the last Goldstein story I read.

If plumber Joe become successful and makes more than $ 250K he gets taxed up the wazzoo. What is the incentive to work hard if you just give it to welfare momma eating ice cream and waiting for the next check.

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2008 8:59 pm

Handwriting was on the wall

Also, someone should learn that keep is not spelled k e p p

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2008 8:57 pm

Handwriting was on the wall

I've never heard it referred to as the "Savardian Spin".  I think you meant spin-a-rama.

I agree. Kepp politics out of your writing...

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