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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

Throat-slash gestures are taken very seriously by the NHL, which last month levied maximum fines against Toronto’s Nazem Kadri and Anaheim’s Josh Manson for their unsavory pantomimes that inflicted no damage on anyone.

But actual throat slashes with a hockey stick that injure an opponent? Well, that’s a horse of a different color?

Or should we say, Penguin?

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this topic.

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I hate Brooks, but that is actually pretty clever.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/21/16 at 07:54 AM ET

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This was 100% accidental. Should have been a penalty on the play, but a fine or a suspension, I don’t think so.
And of yeah, Larry Brooks stinks.

Posted by George0211 on 04/21/16 at 08:17 AM ET

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This was 100% accidental.

You’re 100% nuts.

Posted by Garth on 04/21/16 at 08:18 AM ET

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You’re 100% nuts.

Posted by Garth on 04/21/16 at 09:18 AM ET

That’s 100% untrue.

Posted by George0211 on 04/21/16 at 08:19 AM ET

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Brooks makes me freaking tired, but this is one time he is absolutely right, absolutely justified, and it absolutely needs to be said.

There is consistency with the league’s logic or thinking, and eventually they’re going to find themselves on the wrong end of a lawsuit that will be big enough that it might destroy them.

Posted by Primis on 04/21/16 at 08:32 AM ET

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Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

My Machiavellian theory?

There is too much NHL money riding on the Penguins. Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle have been trying to sell the Penguins for months. The team was supposed to go for $750 million. But as I have pointed out that is a ridiculously high price. So no surprise that there have been no offers.

Meanwhile, the league has been looking to for investors to buy expansion teams. Supposedly, at one point Quebec and Seattle were hot to trot. But thus far, the only reported offer is $500 million price for a team in Las Vegas. And in that deal, the profits of owning the team are from folks who want to gamble in the casinos. To me, that’s not exactly the best economic model.

The lower the price for the Penguins, the harder the justification for a big price for an expansion team. Each home playoff game for the Penguins means a lot more money, and potentially a bigger sale price.

The Penguins don’t go far without Letang, who’s one of the league’s best on D. Now, I’m not saying Gary Bettman put the word out to officials to not to make certain calls. But sometimes things don’t have to be said to be understood.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/21/16 at 08:54 AM ET

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That’s 100% untrue.

17% nuts?

Posted by Garth on 04/21/16 at 08:58 AM ET

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17% nuts?

Posted by Garth on 04/21/16 at 09:58 AM ET

I maintain it is 0%, but my wife probably would disagree.

Posted by George0211 on 04/21/16 at 09:20 AM ET

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Now, I’m not saying Gary Bettman put the word out to officials to not to make certain calls. But sometimes things don’t have to be said to be understood.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/21/16 at 09:54 AM ET

It’s never a good sign when someone from Forbes is implying your league has the “fix in”.  It’s not just a crackpot fan theory then…

Posted by Primis on 04/21/16 at 10:44 AM ET

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It’s never a good sign when someone from Forbes is implying your league has the “fix in”.  It’s not just a crackpot fan theory then

As long as it’s not Wings fans saying it there’s no tinfoil hat comments made.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/21/16 at 10:49 AM ET

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Kind of funny Larry, but it was ok when Marc Staal cross-checked Sidney Crosby in the back of the head a season or two ago in the playoffs and that wasn’t penalized. I don’t recall you uttering a peep then. Perhaps it was because there was a “fix in” wanting the Cup to come back to New York? Quit your *itching. With all the stick work that has gone on in this series from both sides, the refs need to get their heads out of their butts and call the game so no one gets seriously hurt.

Posted by chuckinredlionpa on 04/21/16 at 10:51 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 04/21/16 at 11:44 AM ET

You can try and spin it into a Pittsburgh issue if you want, seems silly though. New York is a larger market and more viable to the league. It’s more a of a superstar treatment issue. High end players just do not face the same supplemental discipline as the rest of the league, regardless of the team they play for… simple as that.

Not to mention in the context of this game there was absolutely no reason for him to take an egregious swing like that with malice. You must have control of your stick at all times, get that, deserved a penalty, double minor even. Suspension worthy? you knew it wasn’t going to happen. Keep watching it in slow motion and convincing yourself the NHL is in the pens pocket though… In the meantime Crosby will take another stick or shoulder to the head with no protection from the league.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 04/21/16 at 10:53 AM ET

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I don’t have a dog in this fight.

However,  Larry Brooks is a breath of fresh air compared to 99% of the sycophants covering the league.

Yes gary, I won’t write anything that makes the league look bad.

Yes gary, I won’t point out that league policies are a joke.

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/21/16 at 11:00 AM ET

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I don’t know what video league officials watched, but the one I saw clearly showed Letang swinging with his stick under his own power. No one bumped him to make that happen.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/21/16 at 11:08 AM ET

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