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Taking issue with Jim Kelley

From Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank:

Jim Kelley is a Hall of Fame hockey writer and person who recently made the sort of lazy move that used to give me chest pains when I was on the PR side. In a recent column on, the former Buffalo News reporter wrote the following sentence on the Islanders:

“It’s the kind of place where experienced coaches like Joel Quennvelle, John Tortotella, Bob Hartley, Maurice, Marc Crawford and a slew of other seasoned but currently unemployed coaches don’t necessarily object to being passed over.”

The laziness has nothing to do with the typos/spelling errors on two big-name NHL coaches. The bigger problem is, does Kelley really know that all of these coaches ho-hummed not getting the Islanders job? Did he ask them? Did he think about checking with them – at least off-the-record – before telling a big audience on Sports Illustrated’s website that they’d rather be unemployed than work for the Islanders?

Read the entire entry here.

All fair points by Botta.  I’m sure most, if not all, of those coaches would have been happy to take the Islanders gig.

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