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January 6, 2011

More on the banishment of Greg Drinnan.

First, from the blog of Chris Foulds of Kamloops This Week:

Seriously, when this brouhaha is finally laid to rest, it will stand as a prime example of how NOT to resolve a problem.

There’s an old saying: “Never pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel” and that applies here to a degree.

But, more importantly, the Blazers have come across looking like a thin-skinned bully who cannot handle criticism, even when it is justified.

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His point is illustrated in a good story by Globe and Mail freelancer and ex-Cap News staffer Adrian Nieoczym:

The team has fallen on hard times since winning three Memorial Cups as Canada’s top major junior team in the 1990s. In 2007, the team was bought by businessman Tom Gagliardi and four NHLers who played for the Blazers as teenagers – Mark Recchi, Shane Doan, Darryl Sydor and Jarome Iginla. Their aim was to restore the team to glory.

Since then, however, the team has had a losing record, and it is now on its fourth head coach in four years.

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Obviously, if the Blazers management had hoped to stop comments about how the team has not found success by banning Drinnan, that hasn’t worked.

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