Social Media is great. It allows us as fans to connect to a wide variety of people in a matter of moments — people who you normally wouldn’t even know exist. Social media can also be a bad thing for that very reason, as Detroit Red Wings’ prospect and current Grand Rapids Griffins forward Mitch Callahan found out Monday night.
The Red Wings recalled Landon Ferraro on Monday after Justin Abdelkader went down with a lower-body injury in the Red Wings’ 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Ferraro was going to be used as an emergency basis in case Abdelkader couldn’t play Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This frustrated Callahan, a 22-year-old prospect from California, and he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure as Kyle McIlmurray of Winging it in Motown shows in this screen grab he got of the tweet before Callahan deleted it:
Probably shouldn’t put this out there because it was deleted, but yikes… pic.twitter.com/Q92GgE1atO
— kyel (@KyleWIIM) March 17, 2014
It’s easy to see why Callahan would be so frustrated. He’s third on the team in scoring with 36 points and has seen a plethora of his teammates join the Red Wings as he sits in Grand Rapids waiting his turn.
However, a passive aggressive statement on Twitter is not the way to deal with it.
We all know Red Wings general manager Ken Holland loves to overripen his prospects. Tomas Tatar spent four years in Grand Rapids before he finally got a full-time gig with the Red Wings. Holland has had to deviate from that business plan this season, as his team has been decimated by injuries.
We’ve all been in that situation. You think you’re the next in line for a promotion, but you get looked over yet again while you question what you did wrong or what you could have done better.
Callahan needs to learn it is nothing personal. The NHL is a business, and Holland and coach Mike Babcock need to put out the best team night in and night out to give their team a chance to win.
Callahan probably deserves his shot to make an impression. It’s certainly a better move to allow Callahan to suit up for the Red Wings rather than dress Jordin Tootoo, who the Red Wings sent back to Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
He’s young, he’ll make mistakes. Of all the things Callahan could have done on Twitter, this is probably the most harmless. I’m sure Griffins coach Jeff Blashill or Holland will sit down and have a talk with him regarding his use of social media.
What Callahan needs to focus on is continuing to improve his game, and his time will come.
Having displeasure with your work place is good, it shows you care about what you are doing for a living. But there are more productive ways of dealing with it, and there are unproductive ways of dealing with it.
Hopefully, Callahan starts dealing with it in productive ways from here on out.