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Burke Consulted In Rome Suspension - Canucks Furious

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The Vancouver Canucks were furious with the four-game suspension handed down by the NHL to defenceman Aaron Rome Tuesday.

One day after head coach Alain Vigneault and captain Henrik Sedin admitted Rome’s hit on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton was late, the Canucks were singing a different tune, more defiant in their characterization of the hit, and outraged at the league.

And there’s good reason for that. Several of them, in fact.

For starters was Mike Murphy’s admission that he consulted with Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, a former NHL disciplinarian, before arriving at his decision. The mere mention of Burke’s name elicits anger from the Canucks, because his relationship with team owner Francesco Aquilini is toxic.

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Outrage and indignation! If it took Brian Burke to get the suspension right, it is about time. Vancouver is the victim once again, when Torres was not suspended for his intent to injure, there was silence. Finally the boom lands for a cheapshot with intent to injure they are the victim. Boo fricken hoo!!!

Posted by timbits on 06/07/11 at 11:12 PM ET

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Burke has no business consulting on this.if Murphy can’t handle his job,which he cannot he should be gone

Posted by Speedy on 06/07/11 at 11:16 PM ET

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“Sufferin’ succotash!”

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/07/11 at 11:36 PM ET

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Per the Vancouver Province’s Tony Gallagher:

Murphy said he consulted Burke only because he had done the job before him, he could not speak with Colin Campbell who has a son in the series, and that the conversation was limited to procedure.

“All I spoke with Brian about was how when he made the (Claude) Lemieux decision (on Kris Draper in ‘96), how he calculated playoff games in relation to games of the regular season,” said Murphy. “He had no say or input into the decision whatsoever.”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/07/11 at 11:44 PM ET

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Wow… just wow. Can NHL headquarters ever not outdo itself in utter ineptitude? What exact roll Burke ( who is an ACTING GM in the league for Christ’s sake. it’s kind of a conflict of interest even if he had no relationship with the Canucks at all) played is irrelevant. It’s just absurd that Murphy would be including him in a matter like this at a time like this. All it tells me is that Mike Murphy is in WAY over his head and shouldn’t be doing the job he is doing.

The ruling itself only seems to justify this too. I know most people seem to agree with the decision because of the fact that it was indeed an interference penalty and it was pretty hard to watch, but as I argued in earlier thread about the ruling, it was a north-south hit that even made on time, would have STILL knocked out Horton. It’s not like he was braced for a hit a half second earlier and then put his head down once he knew it was too late only to still get creamed… he was staring in the same direction as his pass and Rome uncharacteristically chose to step up which Horton wasn’t expecting late OR on time. Unfortunately for Rome, he hesitated for a half a second and most definitely hit Horton late… and was thrown out of the game for it, a pretty stiff penalty in and of itself as it left the already depleted Vancouver D short a guy. This most certainly had a large effect on the game.

Whether or not he deserves to be suspended for longer is clearly debatable. There’s those who see the play as “headhunting” whether it was interference or not, there are hose who thought he charged and left his feet before the hit, and there are many who actually think (as most actually IN the professional hockey world do) that on a North-South play, there is some responsibility on the offensive player to keep his head up. It’s easy to say he wasn’t expecting it “because it was late”, but if you actually watch the play, you see that he’s not expecting it PERIOD.

Whichever one of these (or combination) you believe, the real problem here is that the punishment seems to have NOT been dictated by the play itself, but rather as an offset of the Horton injury. They lose a scorer for the rest of the finals from the play, so Vancouver loses their defenseman. And that’s just not justice, no matter what Rome was actually guilty of. It’s the same punitive logic that leads to “owing” a team a 5-3 because the other team got one or “owing” a team an overtime PP because the other team got one. This stuff happens game in and game out and I feel like not only was this Rome suspension made by a hack for very similar reasons, but the fact that he admittedly conferred with someone with an emotionally vested interest in the outcome of this series is just too damn ridiculous. I think Vancouver should be pissed. I would be if it were the Wings.

And I hate Vancouver by the way… just in case anyone is thinking I’m showing bias here. It’s just such amateur hour in the league offices and the effects are very much seen on the ice. I’m pretty sick of it.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 06/08/11 at 04:43 AM ET

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How is this appropriate in any way?

There should be no consultation with any GM, let alone one with old ties to one of the teams involved, ties that are filled with lots of bad feelings and negative attitudes…

Regardless of that, you can’t consult with any GM on this stuff. Because any GM worth a damn would take the opportunity to push something that they feel helps their team, even if it is slight.

NHL = FAIL, again.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/08/11 at 10:16 AM ET

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Campbell finally steps down due to conlfict of interest and Murphy is too stupid to realize asking another GM is as well?  Murphy should be bounced immediately and should Burke be reprimanded for even taking Murphy’s call? OR is Burke also too stupid to see the conflct of interest? Maybe he can’t believe Murphy would be so stupid as to broadcast to the media what an idiot he is.

No wonder the suspension policy is all over the place. Murphy needs to ask Burke for his regular season to playoff translator? You mean the NHL just makes this shit up on the fly? there is no written judegment he could confer? What a shock that there is NO standard to rely on. Isn’t there a Commisioner that should be aware of these things that he could ask? Or is the Commish too busy relocating “successful” franchises?

The NHL needs a panel of player rep, GM (rotating through all teams to keep it fair)and league chairman to decide the vote using strict guidelines because clearly there is no one in the NHL that can handle this job. It is beyond assinine that Colin Campbell would have to resign due to a conflcit of interest during THE most important part of the NHL season. Did the NHL not see this coming? Was it not written often enough over the past several years that there was a conflict of interest?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/08/11 at 11:35 AM ET

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It’s easy to say he wasn’t expecting it “because it was late”, but if you actually watch the play, you see that he’s not expecting it PERIOD.

Yeah, see, those are the exact same thing.  He wasn’t expecting it PERIOD because he shouldn’t have to expect it because it was LATE.

Because any GM worth a damn would take the opportunity to push something that they feel helps their team, even if it is slight.

How does this help the Leafs?

Posted by Garth on 06/08/11 at 12:01 PM ET

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pretty stiff penalty in and of itself as it left the already depleted Vancouver D short a guy

That should have no bearing on the penalty or the suspension. If you are already depleted then you should not put yourself in a position to be suspended. Four games took me by surprise since it is rare for the NHL to give out more than a pair in the playoffs, but we have a new randowm wheel of justice in town.

the real problem here is that the punishment seems to have NOT been dictated by the play itself, but rather as an offset of the Horton injury

I can agree with you on this one since the NHL takes injuries into account accept when they choose not to (see: Chara). When Simon hit Hollweg there was no injury, but it was the most massive suspension ever served (Suspending Bertuzzi when no games were being played doesn’t really count in my books). It is the same when they rule on “intent” since they seem to have these fantastic mind reading devices at the NHL head office. Avery got six games for hurting the commisioner’s sensibilities so I guess in that instance injuey played into the suspension.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/08/11 at 12:34 PM ET

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How does this help the Leafs?

Posted by Garth on 06/08/11 at 10:01 AM ET

It might not be an explicit, obvious conflict of interest, but there shouldn’t be any sort of gray area whatsoever when it comes to things like this. There are a many small ways that the Leafs could benefit.  For example, Burke has knowledge of the Canucks’ franchise and might well have his eye on someone in its system, and with a loss in the final, they might be more willing to deal. Not all that likely perhaps, but who knows?  Certainly not Murphy, who was unaware of how to even calculate the length of suspension.

Very poor judgment, but the combined incompetency of the current disciplinary process and staff will just make Shannon look that much better when he takes charge.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/08/11 at 01:17 PM ET

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