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Double Standard In Place?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

As If there had been any previous doubt, this week’s events demonstrated once and for all the Penguins are the NHL’s version of Made Men, not only untouchable but protected by the authorities against insult.

The league responded to John Tortorella’s withering verbal attack on the Pittsburgh organization, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as if the Rangers coach had bellied up to the bar and told Mario Lemieux to go home and get his shine box.

The NHL whacked Tortorella in the pocketbook is what they did, because if there’s one thing the league can’t allow, it’s calling attention to the Most Favored Nation status granted the Penguins and their owner.

The irony is that’s exactly what the league accomplished by overreacting to Tortorella’s colorful verbiage with its $20,000 fine approximately 14 months after the NHL had allowed Lemieux to skate away free of charge after the owner issued a statement on his team’s website in which he condemned the league for its response to brawls between the Islanders and the Penguins at the Coliseum.

continued plus the Milbury apology is discussed…

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Savage Henry's avatar

Awesome, we haven’t had one of these threads in at least a day or two.  Thanks, Larry!

Posted by Savage Henry on 04/08/12 at 12:23 PM ET

Thag's avatar

Everyone knows that Lemieux is a whiny little bitch, but that is beside the point.  Owners can say things that coaches cannot.  If Bylsma had said what Lemieux said, he would have been fined, too.

Posted by Thag from DC on 04/08/12 at 12:24 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

It’s crap. There’s not a single team that Tortorella could have said that about without getting a fine.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/08/12 at 12:34 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

To believe the Pens are not a protected team by the NHL is absurd.

Of course the Torts situation doesn’t prove much at all; but that doesn’t mean league favoritism doesn’t exist, and it certainly doesn’t mean some of Torts comments were not spot-on. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Even Don Cherry, the most xenophobic person in North America, couldn’t bring himself to pretend certain things about Sid anymore. He called him out on CC last night. Again, like Torts, just because Cherry says something doesn’t mean there aren’t nuggets of truth in what he says.

Gary Bettman was a protege in the NBA when Jordan rose to megasuperstardom. He saw what that gave the league, and that is the mold he has always wanted to put the NHL in. He had to wait for his superstar, and he finally got him in Crosby.

It’s one thing to promote your superstar; it’s another thing to have different sets of rules in order to mask the fact your superstar is a superstar in skills only; as far as personality , leadership, and sportsmanship, he’s an abject failure.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/08/12 at 12:59 PM ET


Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/08/12 at 10:59 AM ET


Beyond that, the kid just isn’t a “Jordan.” At the time it was nearly impossible to argue that MJ was not the best player in his sport.  Not so much with Crosby, shit… He might not even be the best player on his team.

Beyond that Jordan was so great that he made people who didn’t care about basketball get excited by it. Honestly, outside of Pittsburgh how many fans has Sid converted?

Anyways my leg is getting sore. Kicking a dead horse can be tiresome.

Posted by LGRWeh on 04/08/12 at 02:06 PM ET


Anyone detect a little bit of Stockholm Syndrome between Brooks and Torts?

Posted by kk-downing on 04/08/12 at 02:26 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

To believe the Pens are not a protected team by the NHL is absurd.

Matt Cooke was suspended 17 games, which included an entire playoff series last season.

Eric Godard served the longest suspension of any player involved in that game in Long Island last February (10 games).

David Steckel and Victor Hedman weren’t suspended for hits on Crosby, aka ‘‘Bettman’s baby.’’ Neither was Ovechkin for his knee-on-knee hit to Gonchar in 2009.

Brooks basically implies several knee-on-knee hits by the Penguins deserved suspensions. By that standard, where was the suspension for Mike Rupp’s knee on Staal?

Kris Letang and Deryk Engelland served multi-game suspensions this season.

Brooks is an idiot. The Penguins are not protected. There’s proof.

Posted by cs6687 on 04/08/12 at 02:58 PM ET


Posted by cs6687 on 04/08/12 at 12:58 PM ET

Now now, why use logic in this when it’s easier to just say the Pens are favored and leave it at that?

You can point out instances for every team in the league over plays that should/should not be suspended.  It’s not a bias or anything like, it’s the general incompetence of the NHL higher ups.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 04/08/12 at 06:30 PM ET


Eric Godard served the longest suspension of any player involved in that game in Long Island last February (10 games).

Which is automatic for leaving the bench, it is also mandatory for the coach to be suspended. Byslma got zero games with no explanation as to why mandatory doesn’t mean must be served.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/09/12 at 11:00 AM ET


Whenever I see a Wing fan posting on a Pens story I always shutdown when the first few words contain that cocky passive-aggressive stuff about “of course the Pens are…..(insert your favorite negative comment).”  Red Winger, maybe you should just worry about Nashville instead of being butthurt over your perceived favoritism of the Pens coupled with your whining about the horrible bias you perceive against your Wings.

Posted by VAHockeyFan on 04/09/12 at 01:27 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

Which is automatic for leaving the bench, it is also mandatory for the coach to be suspended. Byslma got zero games with no explanation as to why mandatory doesn’t mean must be served.

The explains the ineptitude of the NHL and proves there is no favoritism of the Pens. Matt Martin nearly pulled a Beukeboom on Talbot. Only Talbot ducking at the last moment prevented major injury. From the entrance to the ice, Gillies was mocking a player with a concussion after he ran him with a major elbow.

Bylsma wasn’t fined because he didn’t direct Godard to leave the ice. The Islanders called up their top PIM leader from Bridgeport in the AHL. Not surprisingly, he attacked Brent Johnson after a fight. He should have been in the penalty box, not attacking Johnson. It amazed me when people were surprised when the Pens weren’t fined. Were they not allowed to defend themselves? Didn’t know they had to just take abuse unilaterally.

Once again, owned.

Posted by cs6687 on 04/09/12 at 07:56 PM ET

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Posted by cs6687 on 04/09/12 at 05:56 PM ET

I find it hilarious that it’s always, “THE NHL IS SO INCOMPETENT!!!,” unless it has to do with the Pens.

Then it turns into, “THE LEAGUE FAVORS THE PENS!!!”

There’s a reference to the refs missing a 6-5 in the playoffs against the Wings at least once per month ‘round these parts (almost 3 years later).  When it happened in favor of the Wings earlier this season (albeit not for as long as the playoff one and, obviously, not in the playoffs) it was written off as a mistake by shitty officiating.

Wonderful, wonderful hypocrisy.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 04/10/12 at 12:05 AM ET

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