Credit goes to savvy veterans John Dellapina and Jay Greenberg for tracking down confirmation on the Marek Malik story amidst last night’s frenzy of activity.
So a player doesn’t shake Tom Renney’s hand and the coach ends up punishing him as a result. There are two ways to go with this:
A) This is professional sports. Renney shouldn’t take things so personally.
B) This is an inexcusable act of insubordination.
I’m leaning toward B, and not only because of this isolated incident. For one, this is hardly the first time that Malik has lashed out over his lack of playing time, even if his play has been, shall we say, less than stellar this season.
And secondly — and more importantly for that matter — Tom Renney is the last guy that Malik should be snubbing. The coach has been one of the defenseman’s most stubborn backers these past few seasons, and has time and again refused to say anything even remotely disparaging about him.
Bear in mind this is something many fans point to as a flaw of Renney’s. So for Malik to suddenly disregard all that is extremely short-sighted.
So where does this go from here? Good question.
Renney said things will be resolved internally, and as hard as this may to be to stomach, I could see that happening.
But I could also the team finally cutting ties with the maligned defenseman the next time a worthwhile opportunity presents itself.
Or make that if a worthwhile opportunity presents itself…