After expressing himself to the masses on Twitter yesterday, Martin Havlat chatted with TSN's Darren Dreger today about his thoughts on Chicago. More specifically, he talked about ex-GM Dale Tallon, John McDonough and the power struggle in the front office:
"My negotiation with Chicago was not between Dale and my agent, it was between Dale and McDonough," Havlat said. "Why? Because McDonough couldn't stand that Dale was so successful and getting the credit for building the Hawks from a last place team to making the Conference Final in three short years. Remember, we were also the youngest team in the NHL last year."
"I was too closely identified with Dale," he continued. "McDonough knew long ago he was going to fire Dale. He wanted someone he could claim as his own He wanted to stand up at the convention and claim credit for signing this guy or that guy."
Greg Wyshynski's all over this one today, including gathering McDonough's PR-infused response from a local radio session soon after Havlat's comments appeared.