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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...For practical purposes, the Canucks may also opt for the path of least resistance. Already now there are fears that Burrows’s public excoriation of a member in good standing of the NHL Officials’ Association will haunt the organization in the weeks and months to come – and is that good for business?
In the end, they may decide that building bridges, rather than burning them, is the way to go. If that turns out to be the case; and if Burrows clams up under orders, then the league will have swept the matter, cleanly and efficiently, under the rug.
Of course, by leaving so many questions frustratingly unanswered, the NHL risks alienating the ticket-buying public, some of whom have wondered – on chat boards all across the Internet these past 48 hours - that the trust they previously held in the game has been replaced by suspicion. That’s the sort of damage that cannot easily be repaired, no matter how bright a spin the NHL puts on the matter. Thank Alex Burrows for that.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),
After Monday’s game, in which Burrows was given a questionable penalty that resulted in the game-winning goal for the Nashville Predators, the Canucks’ forward made his accusation to the media.
And that, according to Stewart, violated one of hockey’s unofficial rules.
“It’s like that old expression, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Stewart said. “You got an issue? Don’t take it to the press.”
Calgary Flames centre Craig Conroy agreed.
“It’s like a tattletale. No one likes a tattletale,” Conroy said of Burrows. “That’s kind of what it looked like to me.”
TORONTO (January 13, 2010) – Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows has been fined $2,500 for conduct deemed detrimental to the National Hockey League and the game of hockey, the NHL announced today.
On separate plays during the third period of a 3-2 Vancouver loss to the Nashville Predators Jan. 10, Referee Stephane Auger assessed Burrows minor penalties for diving, interference and unsportsmanlike conduct.
After the game, Burrows made the following comments to the media: “It was personal. It started in warm up before the anthem. The ref (Auger) came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the Smithson hit (during a game December 8, 2009). He said he was going to get me back tonight and he did his job in the third . . . “
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Two completely unrelated incidents. Two major migraines for the NHL.
In Vancouver, Alexandre Burrows alleges Stephane Auger influences the outcome of a game to get back at him. In Pittsburgh, the Penguins’ television producer hides a replay that would have given Philadelphia a goal.
Let’s do the Canucks story first:
Vancouver fans will hate to hear this, but the best thing Alex Burrows could do for himself and the organization is apologize
One question I have about the Burrows claims. I wonder if he would have said anything if the Canucks would have won the game?
Vancouver Canucks’ forward Alexandre Burrows has been fined $2,500 following his derisive comments regarding referee Stephane Auger after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.
via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
I must say, Auger is not one of the more respected NHL officials, so more than a few people are willing to believe Burrows’ side of this story. But Burrows also has more than a tinge of agitation to his game, so he doesn’t get many breaks, either.
Here are the takes from two different sources at the rink today, none of them current Blue Jackets players.
One: “Good for Auger. That little rat bast*** Burrows got exactly what he deserved. That’s stuff used to happen all the time in the league, but player wouldn’t go whining about it in public. It just shows how little respect some of the new players have for that part of the game.”
Two: “That kind of stuff has been going on for years. I can’t believe he’d be so stupid to tell the player about it before the game, but I could see it. Because it’s Auger, I could see it.”
added 4:40pm, from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell will have a hearing via conference call Tuesday afternoon as the league begins an investigation into the accusation one of its referees had a personal vendetta which spilled over into Monday’s Canucks game.
The hearing is scheduled to start after the Canucks finish their practice in Minnesota (scheduled for 3:30 PST).
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
This Alexandre Burrows-Stephane Auger situation is going to get messy. It’s the proverbial can of worms for everyone involved – the league, the NHL Officials’ Association, referee Auger, player Burrows and the entire Vancouver Canucks’ organization – and it’s a story that is not likely to go away any time soon.
If the events of last night unfolded as Burrows has alleged – and there is plenty of evidence, circumstantial and otherwise – to suggest they did more or less, then the NHL will have no choice but to take some form of disciplinary action against Auger, be it a reprimand, a fine, a suspension or an evaluation that could go into his file and cost him playoff games and/or money along the line or maybe even his job.
In case you missed the video evidence earlier today on KK, watch it here...
added 12:47pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell confirmed that a league investigation has begun, and a fellow referee said Tuesday morning that Auger will face serious questioning before being allowed back on the ice to work another game.
Reached in Vancouver Tuesday morning, Auger refused to comment to sportsnet.ca. Director of officiating Terry Gregson did not immediately return a text message requesting comment.
Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows did not hold back about what he felt were unjust penalty calls, ripping into NHL referee Stephane Auger after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night.
Burrows, who was called for diving in the second period and interference in the third, also received a 10-minute misconduct with seconds left in the game, and he was not shy his post-game interview.
“It was personal. It started in warmup, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “(Augers) came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the (Jerred) Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”
added 7:18am, You can judge the calls against Burrows last night…
added 8:31am, Watch below the post game comments from Burrows and others….
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
If Chris Rooney hears a fan at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Friday (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) call out, “Wicked bad call, ref,” he’ll feel right at home.
Rooney, from South Boston, was chosen to referee the game along with veteran Kerry Fraser. New Hampshire’s Brian Murphy will be one of the linesmen, along with Lyle Seitz.
The whole crew is looking forward to the game with great excitement. They know they’ll be part of a rare historical event and they’re soaking up every minute of the pre-game excitement. Thursday, they were asked by NHL ice guru Dan Craig to test the ice and gave him their evaluations.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There was a time, back when the National Hockey League was more of a mom and pop shop, when Bryan Murray, Cory Clouston and their Ottawa Senators would have paid a heavy price for coming out and questioning the integrity of the NHL’s officials.
“Back in the old days when we didn’t have TV?” began veteran referee Paul Devorski, “We could show up in Winnipeg, and if I really wanted to shove it up yer hoop, I could. Nowadays, you can’t call a phantom hook or you’re on the carpet the next day with (NHL director of officiating) Terry Gregson. If it becomes habitual, now you’re not working playoffs.”
So today, referees blow off the carping that came from Ottawa this week as more excuse-making by a GM, this time the Senators’ Murray. Clouston, his head coach, was cast in a rather embarrassing supporting role.
“It strikes me as something where (Murray) is not having as much success as he wants, so maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s our fault,” referee Mike Leggo said. “Take the blame off his players. Try and shift the focus, try and get the next break.”
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