This in from Uffe Bodin of hockeysverge.se, his interview with Adam Larsson of the Oilers, who emphasized that he’s thriving with the Edmonton Oilers and in the city, but noted a few survival techniques:
“If you want to read something bad about yourself or the team, it is not that difficult to find it,” Larsson said. “It all depends on what you want to read and what you want to hear. Then it is possible to stay away from all that too.
You don’t strike me as the kind who cares, Bodin suggested.
“No, but I don’t read any articles or anything about myself. I don’t really know what they’d give me, whether it’s good or bad. If I have played well or badly, I know about it myself. As long as you believe in what you do and receive good feedback from coaches and teammates, you know what it is like. Reading what those sitting up on the stands think doesn’t give me much.”
- Well said, Adam Larsson. Very well said.
- I hope every Edmonton Oilers player adopts this strategy when it comes to surviving and maybe even thriving in an hockey fish bowl like Edmonton, where most every fan thinks they know a thing or two about winning, at least as much as the coach and GM, that is.
- It’s also the case that with almost every player there’s a large, vocal faction of hardcore boosters but an equally large faction of major haters, who won’t cut that player a break no matter what. We see this mostly with Kris Russell, but it’s also somewhat the case with Larsson, partly because he didn’t have his best year in 2018-19, but also because he’s a defensive d-man acquired for sharp-attacking Taylor Hall, and that deal will never sit well with many.
- Even if a player has widespread support, he’d be wise to never look at the blogs, or Twitter or listen to talk radio. By their nature, fans are critical — and that’s OK, that’s appropriate. Sometimes the fans look at the game like the GM and coldly evaluate players. Sometimes the fans take on the intensity of the angry coach and berate this player or that. And sometimes we’re just mad, tired, frustrated fans sick to death of losing and taking it out on the latest guy who screwed up on a goal against. Whatever the case, it’s too negative an ecosystem to be of any use to any player. Fan talk is for the fans, not for players. Larsson recognizes that, and if he ever finds a teammate who is mad about a blog post or upset about a tweet, he should pass on that wisdom: completely tune out the noise, bud, it’s the only way to get by in this hockey-crazed fish bowl of a town.