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Devils coach DeBoer said after the game he believes Kostopoulos will be OK.
Hockey legend and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux dropped an unexpected bomb on the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League in the wake of suspensions and fines announced stemming from Friday’s night at the fights between his Pens and the Isles. In short, “Super” Mario whined in print to anyone listening that if the league doesn’t start X, Y and Zing to his liking, he might just take his ball and go home.
Sound familiar? It should, of course, considering this is the guy who once dubbed the NHL a “garage league” in the early nineties, as obstruction was on the rise, and swore he was close to retiring at that time because of it. (He didn’t, remember, not right away anyway and wouldn’t have for some time, if not for illness and injury.)
The game these days, without the hooks and holds that Lemieux once complained of is probably better, as a whole, but there are some who will argue that a little of that here and there, perhaps, might prevent some of the more serious injuries and questionable hits we seem to see every other game now. Case in point, a defenseman in pursuit of the puck in his own end is often a sitting duck for approaching forecheckers these days, with his partner unable to hold up the opponent in any way, shape or form as he once was.
That example carries some weight here only because Lemieux’s comments today centered around player safety, after New York’s Matt Martin suckered Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot and teammate Trevor Gillies took out Eric Tangradi with a head shot/flying fists combo.
One has to wonder, then, a few things:
via Katie Strang tweet,
Matt Martin has been suspended 2 games by the league for his hit Saturday on Vernon Fiddler
NEW YORK (December 20, 2010)—New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,792.12 in salary for delivering a blind-side check to the head of Phoenix Coyotes forward Vernon Fiddler in NHL game #475 on December 18, the National Hockey League announced today.
Martin’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 6:23 of the first period. Martin was assessed a minor penalty for charging.
Martin will miss games Wednesday against Tampa Bay and Thursday at New Jersey. He is eligible to return Sunday when the Islanders host Montreal.