For St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, talking smack sure beats talking x’s and o’s.
He admitted that he’s really enjoying the give-and-take that he’s undergoing with San Jose Sharks bench boss Peter DeBoer.
“The answer, do I enjoy it, is yes,” Hitchcock said. “Quite frankly, what you guys report, it’s really boring. We got to have some fun, too. I find it fun.”
The veteran head coach admits that he enjoys sending the media on a “wild-goose chase,” especially if it takes heat off of his players.
(Ah yes, it always comes back to strategy for Hitch.)
He repeatedly said that it’s fun … and you know what? It really is. (He also points out that he coached with DeBoer, though the Sharks coach doesn’t believe that it was much more than a “learning experience.”)
Now we really just need the two coaches to start barking at each other over the glass to really drive the point home.
Granted, DeBoer may not feel the same joy for the trash talk.
Still getting the sense that DeBoer is sick of talking about Hitch and those adjustments he's made
Maybe Evgeni Malkin didn’t quite go Joe Namath or Mark Messier with reporters on Monday, yet every now and then we need a little guarantee-type bulletin board material. Here’s his quote, via Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
“I believe in my team, I believe in myself,” Malkin said. “We’re coming back to Pittsburgh for sure.”
Johnston described it as “an unsolicited guarantee.”
Malkin isn’t the only Penguins player proclaiming that they’re likely to force a Game 7 in Pittsburgh.
Hornqvist: "It’s no doubt in my mind we’re going to come back here for a Game 7."
It’s understandable that the Penguins feel sure of themselves. After all, Game 5’s defeat marked their first consecutive loss in ages. You don’t rattle off win after win (and bounce back from losses) that regularly without building up some bluster.
So now Hornqvist and Malkin have said their will be a Game 7. Neither were asked for a guarantee. They just said it.