What did Visnovsky say?
Los Angeles Daily News hockey reporter Rich Hammond has been doing some nice work on his blog lately, and his most recent items highlight a little bit of a mini-controversy regarding Kings defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky with regards to an interview he gave in his native Slovakia.
As is the case with a lot of hockey sources overseas, just what was said isn't entirely clear, but Hammond does his due diligence in getting several different translations and going with what appears to be the most accurate one.
Here's a look at the more controversial bits, in which Visnovsky seems to lay into his coach, Marc Crawford:
What changed with the team with the arrival of the new general manager and coach?It's pretty strongly worded stuff, at least in the translation, and along the lines of the business that got Montreal's Alex Kovalev in hot water earlier this season.
Absolutely everything. The dressing room, the system on the ice. I played on the right side, now I play on the left. I got used to one thing, then “boom!” Coach Crawford is a fool [probably the most difficult part to understand, since he could mean by this that Crawford is crazy, or that Crawford’s a madman or maniacal in some way – hard to know without having been there and hearing his inflection]. He uses a tough, practically [or downright] Communist style. He's rude to the players, he insults them. I was appalled that an NHL coach could communicate like this.
This season was the worst in Kings history. I had a very good relationship with the previous coach, Andy Murray, and not only me, but also Palo Demitra after just one year. When a player sweats and toils for the team, the coach appreciates [or “respects”] him. Now he feels that this person doesn’t appreciate anyone. This is a difference. But I’m only a player and he is my boss, whom I must respect.
A big thanks to Brushback for pointing this one out.