Gerard Gallant and Jonathan Huberdeau had a wildly successful coach-player relationship at the top level of junior hockey.
The relationship between San Jose and newly acquired Brent Burns has gotten off to such a good start that the All-Star defenseman signed a five-year, $28.8 million contract extension Monday before even suiting up for the Sharks.
Brett Hull's hockey resume doesn't come close to matching his personality, but the two go hand in hand. One of the NHL's most gifted scorers was also one of its most outspoken players.
How did things ever get this bad? It's a question many people are asking as the season is on the brink of being canceled.
Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow never had a model of a working relationship between NHL labor and management.