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From TSN’s Kerry Fraser, a question and his response to the hit by Jamie McGinn on Aaron Rome last night.
Q. I am confused a little. What was different between Ben Eager’s hit on Daniel Sedin that resulted in a mere 2-minute minor penalty and Jamie McGinn’s hit on Aaron Rome that got McGinn thrown out of the game with a 5-minute major and game misconduct?
Fraser’s thoughtful answer deserves to be read in its entirety, but ultimately, his assessment is this:
Brad Watson made the correct assessment on this play. Conversely, if Rome had taken the hard hit, dusted himself off and NO evidence of injury resulted, many of those same critics would have vilified Watson for assessing a major penalty at that point. It was a two-minute penalty that had a bad ending.
Personally, I tend to agree with Fraser, though I’m well-aware many Canucks fans won’t. Given that the NHL head office is reviewing the play for possible suspension, we should find out how the Mothership feels about it shortly.
Update 2:22pm ET: No suspension.
Tanner Glass and Ben Eager had a few words to say yesterday about the role of tough guys, fighting, and Derek Boogaard.
From Matthew Sekeres at the Globe & Mail, these words from Glass:
“It’s tough just to know each night that you are going to be tangling with those customers. I know he wasn’t scared of guys like that, or intimidated, but with the size of people he is fighting, any punch can be a pretty serious punch. It’s a tough job and he did better than most.
“You have to be a different kind of person to do that. It takes a type of mental toughness that every guy in the league doesn’t have. It takes a little bit of a craziness. I don’t want to say reckless, because you know what you’re doing, but it’s something.
And from Ben Eager: