When asked to respond to the abuse directed at Nazem Kadri, St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube could only manage a “no comment,” which says a lot about the way the NHL in general tries to stay focused on the ice when more serious things are going on. above.
JULIAN MCKENZIE: Sam, you mentioned there were threats against Nazem Kadri. I know Peter Baugh, my colleague from “The Athletic”, was above that. Not to make this a bit more serious, but this is something we definitely need to talk about when it comes to Nazem Kadri. Like the fans, be better with this stuff here. You know, I don’t think Nazem wanted to get crushed on Jordan Binnington like that.
And to get to a point where people are threatening him online? I think it’s disgusting. And yes, I also expressed some disappointment to Craig Berube who had no comment. I think there’s an opportunity for you, even if it’s not your guy, to say that you’re not for guys receiving any kind of abuse online and/or not no matter what type of verbal abuse or something like that.
There was an opportunity for him to at least say, you know, I’m not for that. And for him to be just like, no comment. Like, I just thought that was a little disappointing. I get it’s not his guy, but I think Craig Berube there, it was a little disappointing just to see from afar.
– Yeah, oh that’s OK, go ahead.
SAM Chang: I think when you get to the point where it’s not just about online abuse and like racist comments towards Kadri, which his wife and other players have said he’s constantly been subjected to all throughout his career. I think when you get to the point where the Blues organization and the St. Louis police are involved and the Avalanche need to get special protection for their team, I think it’s embarrassing that Craig Berube doesn’t said no comment.
It doesn’t take much for you to say that it’s unacceptable for someone to make those kinds of threats against a player during a hockey game. As if we could debate all day whether or not Kadri wanted to run into Binnington. I do not think so. I think Rosen dropped it and I think it was accidental. But even if it was intentional, OK, like Tom Wilson does stuff like that all the time.
Players do stuff like this all the time. It happens. There is no point where it is appropriate for anyone to threaten the personal safety of a hockey player in any way during a hockey game. It’s absurd. Like, get help.
– Yeah, honestly. As there is no excuse or no situation where anyone should be subjected to threats or racially motivated language, like at all. And the same thing, I understand. I understand. It’s the playoffs. You want to focus on your own team, but it’s– there’s– every time something like that or in that category happens in the NHL, I’m disappointed, but I’m not surprised, you know?
This one, I don’t know why, this one surprised me. I’m not going to lie. In fact, I was surprised when he said no comment. No one is asking you to write a eulogy. Nobody asks you to talk about the hit or anything. Commenting on that, like no one is saying that like, OK, well you’re on Kadri’s side or whatever. As it goes beyond hockey. It is a human being who is subject to these things.
I don’t think – I don’t think there’s anything wrong to say, hi St. Louis Blues fans – or as you know, fans that we want to follow this organization, we don’t want not that people do that kind of stuff. Yes, the games are going to warm up or whatever, but like that, it goes beyond hockey and it’s a person. He’s a human being who shouldn’t be subjected to that sort of thing. I think just taking the no comment– it just, it bothers me so much.
Because every time something happens, every time something happens, you always have organizations saying oh, we have to do better to make sure these things are out of place in hockey or in our society. And then when you have opportunities to do so, the bare minimum. The bare minimum, he does not want to do. So again, I know people will say oh, he’s focused on the playoffs. He focuses on the game, whatever.
But I think we’ve seen many instances where just focusing on the game and not focusing on the most important things has led to a lot of things. So it’s not an area where you can just focus on the game. And I think embarrassing is a word I’ll use, but the feeling I have about it is fine more than that.