12/29/18 – The Fucking Horseshit Dallas Stars: Mickey Mouse Again

I don’t know how many posts this is going to end up being, but it’s going to be a few.

Not to brag, but I’ve been married before. When you’re married or with someone for a long time you are afforded many opportunities to learn how and how not to communicate. Whether you learn it during the relationship or afterwards isn’t my place to say, but in my case it was a little bit of both.

One thing I always believed was that my partner and I were just that – partners. No disagreement we had was going to involve anyone else unless we got to the nuclear options when nothing else is working to solve the impasse. I have never gotten to that point in any relationship because, I think, I’m very open to compromise and finding solutions. A strong unified front is an important thing in a relationship.

Solutions are usually easy to find if you’re willing to look. They tend to be easier to find when you take a humble approach, leave preconceived notions at the door, and come to the table ready to make all parties happy.

If I have a disagreement with a partner or a concern or whatever, oddly enough I simply go to them to discuss it calmly, honestly, and privately. Privacy allows for honesty to happen while minimizing the fear of embarrassment, an emotion that never helps any situation improve. You may get different results out of someone after embarrassing them, but correlation is not causation.

What I would never do, and I have somehow seen this done by Facebook friends, is shame my significant other publicly (or privately for that matter). “Hey Facebook, my wife is such a worthless piece of shit. Can you believe how much I have to put up with now that we’re married? Why aren’t things the exact same way they were when we just met? I’m going to cry and bitch and moan about it for a few more childish paragraphs.”

This does not help. It makes our relationship look fragile and bad. It makes my significant other feel hurt. To a lesser degree of importance, it makes my friends and family look down on me while taking sympathy on her. There is no upside whatsoever of me doing this.

And yet, this is exactly what Jim Lites and Tom Gaglardi decided to do to Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Lites called reporters in and offered these words. It’s all worth reading, but in short he said this:

“They are fucking horse-shit, I don’t know how else to put it,” Lites said. “The team was ok. But (Tyler) Seguin and (Jamie) Benn were terrible.”

The Dallas Stars owe Seguin 78 million dollars over the next eight seasons. They owe Benn 57 million over the next six. Neither player can be moved without their consent. They’re both locked in forever. This is the nuclear option when you have exhausted every other possible option, and you don’t really care how much damage your words cause as long as you get what you want out of it.

The first thing we have to accept is that Tom Gaglardi approves of this message 100%. He knew Lites was going to speak and according to all published evidence they are on the same page about performance. Maybe Gaglardi didn’t know how he was going to phrase it, but he knew the message. This is his message now whether the words came from his mouth or his messenger.

Gaglardi spoke today through a Scott Burnside article we’ll get to later.

“A lot of people say, why would the CEO say something like this? First of all those were Jim’s words. Probably not some of the words used were probably not the ones some of the others in the organization might use, those were his words, but the message is from the organization. Top to bottom.”

“The underlying message is how the organization feels,” the owner said.

When Jim Lites is speaking on behalf of the organization those words are the words of the organization. He delivered the message from his office after assembling reporters in his capacity as the CEO. If a statement like this is going to be issued you can’t backtrack from the wording of it a day after publicly blindsiding the two cornerstones of the franchise.

Own it. Benn and Seguin owned it in response. The franchise should follow their example.

What the organization is saying is stop talking about Julius Honka being scratched. Stop talking about how objectively bad Brett Ritchie is now, or how little Devin Shore produces, or the black hole the offense enters with Roman Polak or Blake Comeau on the ice, or any number of other problems. Focus only on Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. He literally said this to Shapiro and others:

“I am sick and tired and listening to bloggers and others talking about Brett Ritchie, Julius Honka, or Gavin Bayreuther, or Taylor Fedun, pick a guy,” Lites said.

I’ll translate: fuck those guys, they don’t matter. That should definitely help Julius Honka and Gavin Bayreuther develop.

Lites managed to shit on six different players, undermine his respected general manager and first year head coach, and belittle minimally compensated (at best) people who give his team (that needs the coverage) free publicity on their own time after they leave their actual jobs in a last ditch effort to coax more offense out of two of the few forwards capable of producing – all with the tacit approval of the owner.

None of this is appropriate or acceptable. This is embarrassing for a franchise that should be more focused on figuring out the actual reasons why they’ve made the playoffs twice in the last decade, earning one series victory over a hapless Minnesota Wild team, rather than issuing targeted unannounced edicts through very public tantrums.

Why not donate to the cause at our Patreon?

Follow us on Twitter.

Leave a Reply