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NEW YORK (March 11, 2007) – New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended, for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs, for deliberately using his stick to injure New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg during the third period of Thursday night’s game at Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum.
Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night’s game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.
from Ed Willis of the Vancouver Province,
Unlike others who pursued his line of work, Craig Coxe was never resentful or, for that matter, conflicted about what was expected of him.
Fighting gave him a chance to play in the NHL. It earned him the respect of his peers. It afforded him a certain notoriety.
Was there a downside? Well, Coxe says his one fear was being embarrassed in front of 15,000 people. But he’ll also tell you he volunteered for the gig, he wasn’t conscripted, and his only regret is that his ride didn’t last long enough.
Also from the Vancouver Province,
Our panelists agree, with one dissenter, that Bob Probert is the meanest, toughest, best fighter of all time in the NHL. And if he’s tougher than Dave Brown, that’s saying something.
from Wallace Matthews at Newsday,
Thugs come in all colors, shapes, sizes and sports, and Thursday night, Simon was a thug, pure and simple. But for too many of us, the sight of large black men brawling on a basketball court is a riot. The sight of white men brawling on a hockey rink is all part of the game, tough guys blowing off steam. If you think race doesn’t play a factor in that thinking, you are lying to yourself.
Yet, in the NBA, the gangsta culture is allowed to exist everywhere but on the court. In the NHL, it exists only on the ice.
The so-called “thug” league takes a much harder line on in-game violence than the NHL ever has or ever will. In the NBA, a punch leads to automatic suspension. In the NHL, it gets you a job. And maybe a featured spot on a league-sanctioned videotape.
We all know that, we accept it, and - admit it - we generally like it.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The cozy and unseemly affiliation between the executive director of the union and the people who run the NHL is coming to an end. Saskin is out of time. Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are out of luck. They’ll have to find a new boy. As if….
Saskin’s departure will not be the end of it, not by a long shot. The group of players led by Chris Chelios, Matt Schneider, Dwayne Roloson, Eric Lindros and now-retired Trent Klatt, will continue to press for information that will prove suspected direct communication between agents and NHL officials during the lockout. If such proof is uncovered, these agents will be decertified, and thus unable to continue to represent NHL players. This is the next bombshell.
from the Denver Post,
But those of us who consider trading away Drury to have been a monumental misjudgment the Avs have been attempting to recover from since should stop talking as if nothing good came of it. Stastny did. And the Avs, including Pierre Lacroix, who knew which year Stastny would be in the draft pool, deserve credit for that.
Stastny is going for sole possession of an NHL rookie record today, when he attempts to extend his point streak to 18 games and break a tie with Teemu Selanne. The Finnish Flash’s 17-game streak came at the end of his spectacular, 76-goal, 1992-93 rookie season at Winnipeg.
Stastny has been less flashy, but that’s almost part of the point. He is a subtle star, and his stunning on-ice poise and savvy have enabled him to arguably be more productive and impressive as an NHL rookie than he was at DU.
from Erin Hicks at the Ottawa Sun,
After nearly two seasons sporting the red, black and gold, Heatley has made his risk factor a complete non-issue. Is there anything left to prove for the young star in Ottawa?
Obviously the answer is yes, when the city housing this talent suffers from post-traumatic postseason disorder.
Heatley was given the strictest of mulligans by Senators fans during last season’s foray into the playoffs (envision being handled with pumice-coated kid gloves). After all, he was experiencing his first NHL postseason under major scrutiny. No one was entirely sure how he would react. Heatley’s initial playoff numbers gave the suggestion of a player trying to find his rhythm: Three goals and nine assists in ten games. Not an atrocious showing, but certainly unremarkable.
from bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
In the past two months, Rendell has behaved more like a dunce than a leader, more like a man interested in obstructing the process of getting a new arena for Pittsburgh instead of furthering it.
Had this been a Philadelphia franchise in peril, rest assured his actions would not have been so cavalier. Should the Penguins leave for Kansas City, and the belief here is that will not happen, Rendell will be the man most responsible.
As the power broker in these negotiations—the only politician with money to spend—Rendell has behaved recklessly in allowing the process to go as far as it has.
from Scott Clemmensen at the Hockey News,
This is a very strange job.
I don’t mean backup goalie. I mean backup goalie for the New Jersey Devils.
There are a couple of other teams in the league, like Vancouver and Calgary, where the No. 1 goalie plays all the time and the backup is just kind of there. He’s forgotten. I don’t mean forgotten like I’m not part of the team. Forgotten because I never get to play games.
via the New York Islanders,
After watching the tape the morning after Thursday’s game, I was disgusted. There is absolutely no place in hockey for what I did.
I want to apologize to Ryan Hollweg. I was grateful to learn that Ryan is okay and that he returned to the game. My hope is to reach out to him in the near future.
I want to apologize to my team and Islanders fans everywhere. My actions Thursday night played a major part in our team losing a crucial game. I also want to apologize to the National Hockey League for the damage I have caused this great game of ours.
Thanks to KK member SteveNJ...
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