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Suspending Sasquatch: Reaction

Mine? I’ve already given you that.  I’m now officially on record as stating I’d hoped he wouldn’t be suspended because I believe that in his imbalanced state of mind he’s of more benefit to the Wings on the ice (and in the box) then in street clothes.  But, I wasn’t listened to…again.  So, I’ll just say this:  it was a dirty hit by a dirty player.  I didn’t expect a suspension because I didn’t think the league would have the guts to dole one out to a marquee player.  They did and here’s hoping the Wings take advantage of it.

Plenty more reaction from the bloggers, so let’s get to it.

Matt at Battle of Alberta posted his manifesto on suspensions today.  I’ve already had it emailed to me from four people and I’ve seen it cited in a few other places.  With good reason.  Outstanding analysis of how the league makes its decisions, and how it should.

Take Jordin Tootoo, Scott Nichol, and Todd Bertuzzi. All were guilty recently of comparable (if not identical) offenses: sucker punching a guy in the back of the head. Tootoo got no suspension; Nichol got 9 games; and Bertuzzi got the most severe suspension in the history of the NHL.

I will listen to arguments that the exact length of any of these suspensions was inappropriate. However, you will never convince me that enraging Ryan Clowe (and receiving a proper beating in return) deserves the same punishment as breaking Steve Moore’s neck. It is proper and just that Todd Bertuzzi was made to pay a higher price than Scott Nichol (Jaro Spacek was back the next game).

Earl Sleek at Battle of California has an open post asking for opinions of the suspension.  I found A2Y ex-pat TeamDub’s reaction to be the most succinct and accurate.

Once a cheap douchebag, always a cheap douchebag.

Bruce MacLeod, who probably enjoys following that quote, has a few statements from some of the parties involved.

Here’s what Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said about the decision: “We disagree completely with Colin Campbell’s decision here. But we respect the process. ... I think at no point is Holmstrom’s face facing the boards. At no point is Chris (Pronger) delivering a hit towards the boards, a dangerous hit. He’s coming in to finish a check at a 45-degree angle.”

Burke went on to talk about Pronger’s reaction: “He’s sour about it. that’s why he’s not talking to you guys (media). The league doesn’t like us swearing. I don’t want Chris to talk to anyone today.”

Holmstrom on the play: “You’re around the net … 5-0 … they’re going to get frustrated. They have to do something. Stuff happens out there. But those head shots, you’ve got to take them away from the game. ... Who knows? If I get a concussion or can’t play any more in the series, maybe it’s more. That was probably fortunate for him.”

Babcock on the suspension: “Well, I told you, Tomas is a tough guy. Everybody saw it. He’s got cuts, he’s got 13 stitches. It’s not like it’s a boo‑boo here we’re talking about. This is a guy who wants to play, and we’re about playing.

“If you think there was any thought process into, Oh, how can we milk this? That’s not how it works. I said already, I don’t believe that’s how the league should work. Did you do something? Did you not do something? Make a decision. The league did. We’re fine by it. Let’s go. “

Couple things: Good point Babs.  Now…what the Hell did you just say.  Secondly…Burke.  My god, I know he’s supposed to defend his player but is he frigging blind?  How could he have said that with a straight face?  “I think at no point is Holmstrom’s face facing the boards. At no point is Chris (Pronger) delivering a hit towards the boards.”


More as I find it. I was surprised to find zero reaction from Sasquatch’s large contingent of fans in Edmonton.



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