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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
It’s a severe sentence for Thornton, a first-time offender who compiled nearly 900 PIMs without incident as an NHL enforcer. He has a well-deserved reputation of being clean and honorable, and had never crossed the line to hurt a fellow player. Still, a harsh penalty is justified on nearly every level given his regrettable actions, though the NHL got it right by coming in under the 20-game suspension mark that defines despicable acts from guys like Marty McSorley and Todd Bertuzzi.
However, the decision to throw the book at an honest, respectable enforcer like Thornton could also be setting a dangerous precedent.
The suspension covers the league in the wake of anti-fighting sentiments with a growing number of lawsuits on the horizon, and it placates the non-hockey crowd that can’t begin to understand the sometimes violent code of honor that’s always existed in hockey. It’s a delicate balance between predator and enforcer that’s always kept both NHL species in check.
But now the scales seem to be starting to tip more toward the hyena than the lion.
Thornton’s suspension sends the message to players like Orpik that it’s okay to target skill players around the NHL with a “human missile” hit like the one the Pittsburgh defenseman was intent on delivering last weekend to Loui Eriksson, which is what prompted Thornton's response.
from the CP at TSN,
Bruins pest Brad Marchand drew the ire of the Canucks when he mocked the Canucks' bench by pretending to kiss a ring on his finger and lifting an imaginary Stanley Cup in the third period.
"It shows what kind of guy he is," said Henrik Sedin. "He is a great player, it's too bad he is acting like he does but that is the way it is."
Julien said he didn't see the exchange, but added that the team expects better of Marchand.
"Sometimes his emotions get the better of him," said Julien. "We work with him and we are going to continue to work with him."
more on the game...
Watch the video below which includes a face-wash of Marchand by Kesler, and the cup raising...
“Higher than I expected and higher than I think is warranted."
“We’ve had our fair share of players hurt badly by concussions, I don’t think anyone’s gotten a 15-game suspension out of those. Thornton is a guy who plays the role he plays and has never had any suspensions or issues. It comes down a little harsh for me.”
-Cam Neely, President of the Boston Bruins on the Shawn Thornton suspension, via CSNNE.
More coming when it is available.
added 4:03pm, Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension below...
By all reports, Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk made some great saves in the 1st period last night against the Boston Bruins, but this was not one of them.
He faced 18 shots, gave up 3 goals in the opening frame and was replaced by Jason Labarbera in the 2nd period.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
(Evander) Kane hasn’t played since Nov. 29 with a lower body injury, and was off to a seven-goal, 14-point start for the Jets in 26 games this season. More eye-opening has been his behavior off the ice: clashing with Winnipeg coach Claude Noel about the reasons behind being scratched on Nov. 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving short, surly answers to the Winnipeg media and now missing the first half of December with an undisclosed injury.
It certainly doesn’t seem like model behavior from a player that refers to himself as #thenatural on Twitter. But it might also be actions Kane hopes will eventually get him moved to a more desirable NHL destination as the Jets seem understandably reluctant to trade a young 30-goal scorer that’s locked up for $5.25 million per season for four more years beyond this one.
Expect the Bruins to be a team that would be interested in Kane’s service if/when the Jets finally get tired of his act. His combination of size, strength toughness and offensive skill is exactly the kind of player Boston is always looking for on the wing, and the Bruins have the right combination of young assets/valued NHL chips to make a deal happen.
Would anybody take big issue with the Bruins dealing Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron, Malcolm Subban and a high draft pick in exchange for the unhappy Kane if push comes to shove in Winnipeg?
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Last night I posted the tribute video the Calgary Flames did for Jarome Iginla's return and here is how it unfolded on the ice.
added 10:29am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Joe Colborne was no different than any self-respecting, red-blooded Calgary kid back in the day. He had the merchandise.
“The sweater?” blurts the homegrown centreman, taken slightly aback that you even had to ask. “Oh yeah. Of course I had one. A No. 12. With the nameplate? What do you think? With everything.
“Can’t remember when I got it exactly. Christmas? Birthday? I don’t know.
“I got it just . . . just . . . well, just because. Because he was my favourite player. Because he was EVERYONE’s favourite player.
“It seemed every person in town had one of those sweaters. You’d see so many 12s walking around on game days you couldn’t keep count. Now it could be a Monahan or a Baertschi or a Giordano. Back then you knew what you’d see when you got to the rink — an awful lot of 12s.”
Apt to be a few floating around the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night, too, leftover remnants from what is now officially a bygone era, as Jarome Iginla marks his competitive return to this town.
via the NHL,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf will have a hearing Tuesday morning with the NHL's Department of Player safety for a hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during a game Sunday night at Air Canada Centre.
The incident occurred at the 17:39 mark of the third period when Phaneuf struck Miller in the back near the end boards in the Boston end. Miller left the game and did not return.
There was no penalty called on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
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