LOS ANGELES -- They wouldn’t take the bait.
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman shrugged off critical comments by Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray regarding the eight-game suspension the NHL handed down on Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski.
“I did hear about it and it doesn’t deserve a comment,” Quenneville said.
In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Murray, fired on the Hawks after Joel Quenneville called out Wisniewski for the “dangerous” hit he put on defenseman Brent Seabrook.
"I played in Chicago for a long time, I lived in the city of Chicago, it used to be a black-and-blue town, it didn't have whiners," Murray said. "I strongly suggest Joel worries about his goaltending and stops trying to run the National Hockey League. He should worry about coaching."
Bowman refused to comment until he talked with Murray.
“I should talk to him before I say anything about it,” Bowman said.
Quenneville’s comments that supposedly set Murray off came after the game on Wednesday in which the Ducks beat the Hawks 4-2.
"You hit a guy without the puck, you could kill a guy," Quenneville said. "It's the most dangerous hit in the history of the game, all right... He tried to hurt him. If that's not intent, that's as bad a hit as you could ever have in the game.”