I’ve been having an interesting conversation with NHLDigest.com on their facebook page regarding Minnesota Wild forward, Martin Havlat and his not-so-kind words about the Chicago Blackhawks (namely team President John McDonough) and the treatment of former Hawks GM Dale Tallon.
For anyone who’s unaware of the comments Havlat’s comments, here’s the basic jist:
- Havlat really wanted to stay in Chicago and was hopeful about resigning with the Blackhawks.
- Chicago goes out and signs Marian Hossa to a big time 12 year deal, while Havlat remains unsigned.
- Havlat strikes a 6 year deal with the Minnesota Wild and tells fans via twitter “The real story about what happened in Chicago to come out”.
- Approximately 9 minutes later, Havlat tweets the following “There’s something to be said for loyalty and honor”. Hmmm, interesting.
- On Tuesday July 14th, Dale Tallon is moved from Blackhawks GM to Senior Hockey Operations Advisor and replace with Stan Bowman (son of the great Scottie Bowman).
- This prompts Havlat to tweet “I guess everyone saw what happened to Dale….yes, the story is starting to come out but it’s just the tip of the iceberg”.
- Havlat goes on to say Tallon is like a 2nd father to him and his contract negotiations stalled with Chicago largely because McDonough wanted ‘his’ guys, not Tallon’s guys.
There’s a bit more, but that’s the highlights. So it leads me to ask the question, should Martin Havlat really be telling the whole world about this?
As a fan of the NHL and the Hawks, I appreciate the insight Havlat is bringing. But I have to wonder what his motives are with his twittering/TSN interviews with Darren Dreger. I get he’s angry, but he’s not the only NHL player to get caught up in organizational politics. He is, however, one of few to come out this candidly about the situation.
I question the ethics here. I mean, is he breaking hockey player code by leaking out this info – regardless of its truth? Again, he’s not the first player something like this has happened to. If I was a member of the Minnesota Wild and their organization, I think I’d be wondering what kind of baggage Havlat might be bringing, why his focus isn’t on the Wild and if he’s going to say the same things when his 6 year $30 Million contract expires.
I like Martin Havlat, but is he crossing the line here?
Stay classy, Martin Havlat.