Re: What Should The Players Have Done To Change Their Fates?
posted at 11/24/2012 7:02 PM EST
I stipulate the lack of envolvement quote that you provided was included in the article, but the how does that square with the "how am I going to trust them as teammates" comments? Cause and effect? Way too far for my liking.
I believe his point was that if they can't be trusted as union brothers then they likely can't be trusted as teammates either. What has Neuvirth done so far to show what type of teammate he is? I think Hamrlik is the first teammate he hasn't talked trash about yet.
"One player that learned of those drawbacks was Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who was spending his summer in his native Czech Republic and gave the Czech website iSport.CZ some of his time.
When the interview was translated into English there were some interesting and eye-opening quotes attributed to the 24-year-old netminder. (h/t to RussianMachineNeverBreaks.com for translation)
He (Braden Holtby) sure is a great goalie. But I canâÂÂÂÂÂÂt compare him to Voky or Varlamov, thatâÂÂÂÂÂÂs what I meant. In comparison to those two, he played nothing in the NHL and thatâÂÂÂÂÂÂs why I take him as the weakest of them three. IâÂÂÂÂÂÂm definitely not saying that he is bad, not at all. I actually like the way he plays. But he is the worst of them three, thatâÂÂÂÂÂÂs all.
He (Alex Ovechkin) isnâÂÂÂÂÂÂt what he used to be, thatâÂÂÂÂÂÂs for sure. And if a team like ours wants to have a chance at the Stanley Cup, we need Ovi to be the best. We all expect that from him; he has to be the real leader. But itâÂÂÂÂÂÂs hard you know, he achieved everything as a player. He was on the absolute top, and then one can only fall down. I just hope that Ovi will stop falling and instead stops and maybe tries to get back on top.
At first glance these are the type of comments that can ruin a season before it even starts, and possibly paint the player that made them as a bad teammate at best.
At worst these type of comments end up causing irreparable damage and result in someone getting shipped off to another club, because letâÂÂÂÂÂÂs face it, whoâÂÂÂÂÂÂs going to go out of their way to support someone who doesnâÂÂÂÂÂÂt exactly seem to have your back.
Neuvirth is now back in the States, and if one is to listen to him something was definitely lost in the initial translation of his words.
Not having skills in a foreign language, I have to imagine that translating someoneâÂÂÂÂÂÂs words into English has to be a tricky proposition. For someone to nail things 100 percent has to be almost a total impossibility, so I have to give anyone even attempting such an arduous task credit for their effort.
With that being said, one has to wonder if Neuvirth is using the âÂÂÂÂÂÂlost in translationâÂÂÂÂÂÂ excuse as a convenient way to avoid any potential issues."
Either way, Brouwer has a right to his opinion just like those guys do. I'm not sure why his opinion should be labeled as "frankly disgraceful", especially considering you've provided nothing to support your assertion that it's just "because they disagree with his position". Do you personally think it's fine that they speak out to the media without bothering to first voice concern at a meeting? Secondly, did you have any suggestions as to what the players could've done differently or was this just a thread hijack?