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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

nhl- What else did they have to Do

from the Toronto Star, If the NHL's research and development camp was supposed to be the seminal event of the non-season, you wouldn't know it by taking attendance.
Through the first two days of the camp, just 14 GMs and six coaches made an appearance. That means that of the 58 GMs and coaches in the NHL (the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim currently don't have a GM and Darryl Sutter handles both duties with the Calgary Flames), more than 65 per cent of them have chosen not to attend.
And while a number of teams have dispatched assistant GMs or scouts to view the proceedings, nine teams haven't bothered to show up at all. The Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes did not have an employee at the event for the first two days.
Not exactly a sterling attendance record for an event that is supposed to chart the future of the on-ice product and re-package itself to NHL fans, "after spitting at them for the last 12 months," as New York Islanders GM Mike Milbury put it.
NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, who organized the event, said part of the reason for the no-shows is the fact that the summit was organized just three weeks ago and a number of hockey people were already committed to other things. But as Milbury pointed out, he changed his schedule so he could be at the camp.
"We provide this and if they don't want to come, hey, it doesn't bother me," Campbell said. "It doesn't disappoint me. Down the road, if people want to make comments, they should have been here."
Another GM summed up those sentiments, saying those who didn't show have little right to complain.
"That's what I told Colie Campbell today," the GM said. "How can these guys stand up at a GMs meeting and bitch and complain when they weren't even part of the process?"