Dana gets it.It sucks for Hammond when he was just trying to do his job. It really does. Hopefully this new gig at the Register isn't going to hurt him financially or anything like that.
But if you're the NHL, do you want technically an NHL employee, publishing player comments that might be critical of the league during a labor dispute, on websites run by an NHL owned team? No. I don't agree with the NHL's stance, but at least I understand it. The NHL was afraid Hammond's blog could be manipulated by the NHLPA at the NHL's expense.
If you worked for a company and were going online and posting negative reviews of the place you worked, how the business was run, etc, and your bosses found out you were doing it, do you think you'd still have a job?
Why does the NHL need to back off on controlling the teams at this time? If you're the NHL, you want to do everything to appear unified in your stance so the NHLPA doesn't think you have any weaknesses. I've said all along the NHLPA needs to do a better job in controlling what the players say because they often come across as sounding like unsympathetic figures.