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Colie's son: Boucher's complaints a tactic

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08:26 AM ET 05.27 | Gregory Campbell, whose father is in charge of NHL hockey operations, has a unique perspective on coaches taking a beef with game-calling to the media. Campbell thought it was a ploy on one level, but also felt like it was a facade to take some of the pressure away from many Lightning players going through a deep playoff run for the first time. "Obviously it's a tactic used by many players, coaches and GMs," Campbell said. "Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. That's not our job to worry about it as players. ... I think [referees are] professional enough to call the game as it is to be honest with you. Sometimes it's done for other reasons. To take the pressure off [the Lighting] when they're down 3-2 and present something. Coaches in the playoffs tend to know what they're doing, and it's our job as players to go out and ignore that stuff."

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May 27, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Wow. I had no idea stuff like this happened.
Thanks for the eye-opening info T&R.

May 27, 2011  09:24 AM ET

Ignore it, just like Campbell.

May 27, 2011  09:24 AM ET

I can't say I liked the kid (because of his father), but this is a actually a decent answer and a good way to not get pulled in.

May 27, 2011  09:26 AM ET

I think [referees are] professional enough to call the game as it is to be honest with you.

And how long have you played hockey in the NHL, Greg? NHL zebras qualify as the most inconsistent officials in pro sports, especially in the playoffs. Don't believe what your dad says about them. He has a bias.

May 27, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow. I had no idea stuff like this happened.Thanks for the eye-opening info T&R.

Ignore it, just like Campbell.

May 27, 2011  09:30 AM ET

Why is a fringe player being interviewed, anyway?

Its a good thing he wasn't critical, though, and just stating his belief/a fact because his own coach has played the very same card a number of times himself.

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May 27, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You obviously don't watch the NBA.

NBA refs are a crime syndicate unto themselves.

May 27, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow. I had no idea stuff like this happened.Thanks for the eye-opening info T&R.

bing bing bing

everyone's a winner here

May 27, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You obviously don't watch the NBA.

I agree with that. The NBA has shown in the past that it will try and influence the outcomes of certain series to get the TV ratings to stay high for the playoffs (Lakers and Sacramento for instance)...

May 27, 2011  10:21 AM ET
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You obviously don't watch the NBA.

No I don't and no-one will ever make me. I'll have to take your word for it. You and The Pontiff make it sound pretty bad.

May 27, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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I think [referees are] professional enough to call the game as it is to be honest with you.And how long have you played hockey in the NHL, Greg? NHL zebras qualify as the most inconsistent officials in pro sports, especially in the playoffs. Don't believe what your dad says about them. He has a bias.

They can be inconsistent, but alot of that could be due to the fast pace of the game. It can't be easy to be on top of everything that is going on, keeping an eye on the puck to see if a goal was scored, etc. And, hockey players can be pretty sneaky about getting away with stuff. Refs are going to blow a call here and there, but I kinda give them a pass most of the time. As others have mentioned, it could be the NBA with refs deliberately favoring a team cos their are in with illegal betting.

May 27, 2011  11:08 AM ET
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I can't say I liked the kid (because of his father), but this is a actually a decent answer and a good way to not get pulled in.

Yes, it is.

May 27, 2011  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think [referees are] professional enough to call the game as it is to be honest with you.And how long have you played hockey in the NHL, Greg? NHL zebras qualify as the most inconsistent officials in pro sports, especially in the playoffs. Don't believe what your dad says about them. He has a bias.

You're not suggesting they play to the crowd are you :) As the above mentioned BB is the worst at that IMO

May 27, 2011  11:44 AM ET

This kid better watch out or he'll get suspended by the...oh.

May 27, 2011  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

NBA refs are a crime syndicate unto themselves.

Whereas, the Nat Ho League's are totally controlled - and almost always have been. Not that there's anything good about that.

May 27, 2011  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You obviously don't watch the NBA.

And rightly so.

May 27, 2011  12:54 PM ET

horrible threads today. In other news, the will be a debate & a vote in the quebec legislature today in order to pass a special law forbidding lawsuits against the mayor of quebec, the city & the province (because the mayor skipped the submission process and went straight ahead to cut a deal with Quebecor (presumably the future owner of the nhl team that will move there); so now all the politicians from different stripes have to come together and agree that nepotism is okay, so long as the cause is for a future nhl franchise.

A few independents have held up the process, but I presume that they've been slipped enough cash in brown paper bags because the last holdout has presumably agreed to vote for it (a special law of this nature has to be passed unanimously).

A part of me would love to see the special law struck down, just to teach those clowns a lesson, but at the same time I do want hockey in Quebec city sometime in the next 40 years... I'm conflicted.

May 27, 2011  01:27 PM ET
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horrible threads today. In other news, the will be a debate & a vote in the quebec legislature today in order to pass a special law forbidding lawsuits against the mayor of quebec, the city & the province (because the mayor skipped the submission process and went straight ahead to cut a deal with Quebecor (presumably the future owner of the nhl team that will move there); so now all the politicians from different stripes have to come together and agree that nepotism is okay, so long as the cause is for a future nhl franchise. A few independents have held up the process, but I presume that they've been slipped enough cash in brown paper bags because the last holdout has presumably agreed to vote for it (a special law of this nature has to be passed unanimously). A part of me would love to see the special law struck down, just to teach those clowns a lesson, but at the same time I do want hockey in Quebec city sometime in the next 40 years... I'm conflicted.

Yeah, saw that piece of news on the Internet yesterday.

Screw the special law. If Quebec City wants an NHL team, they can look at what Winnipeg did. That special law sounds like something the buttgoblin would do.

 
May 27, 2011  01:32 PM ET

The Hawaiian Punch would be a suitable name for a hockey team.

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