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Devils coach DeBoer said after the game he believes Kostopoulos will be OK.
from Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,
Kevin Bieksa was 2-0 in fights this season, but he took one on the button in the first period Saturday night and didn’t return to the game.
Tom Kostopoulos, fresh off serving a six-game suspension for breaking the jaw of Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart with a shoulder to the head, was jamming at Roberto Luongo after the Canucks goalie had covered up the puck.
Bieksa and Kostopoulos dropped the gloves, each threw two or three blows that missed, then Kostopoulos connected, buckling Bieksa’s knees.
The Canucks defender looked wobbly and was escorted to the dressing room.
continued and watch the fight below…
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
We’ll grudgingly give him the intent-to-injure part of the summation (although he really does hone in like a heat-seeking missile), but that doesn’t alter the fact that Kostopoulos propelled upwards, towards the head area, and caused serious damage.
It’s too bad he has to miss time just as he’s started to find a niche on this team. But it’s his own fault. And who’d you rather be for the next little while, him or Brad Stuart?
As for those perfectly fine with the manner in which the hit was delivered, well, imagine Mike Milbury reacting “in his day” to some chowderhead laying Rick Middleton out in similar fashion. Geez, they might still be brawling.
More to the point: Picture for a moment, say, Mark Giordano or Jay Bouwmeester down on all fours Friday night, raspberry jam oozing from the mouth and the remainder of his regular season lopped to nothing.
They’d be yowling for disembowelment, followed by the installation of the death penalty around here.
Toronto (January 9, 2011) – Calgary Flames forward Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended for six games and will forfeit $29,569.92 in salary for delivering a blow to the head of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart in NHL game #609 on January 7, the National Hockey League announced today.
“A number of factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “Kostopoulos delivered a blow to the head of an unsuspecting and vulnerable player. As well, he targeted the head of his opponent and, while the hit was not from the blindside, the head was the principle point of contact.
The fact that Brad Stuart was not in possession of the puck when the blow was delivered and the serious nature of the player’s injury were also considered in my decision.”
Kostopoulos’ 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 10:07 of the third period. He was assessed a minor penalty for roughing on the play.
Kostopoulos will miss games Jan. 11 at Carolina, Jan. 14 at Ottawa, Jan. 15 at Toronto, Jan. 17 at Montreal, Jan. 19 against Minnesota and Jan. 21 against Dallas. He is eligible to return Jan. 22 at Vancouver.
If you missed the hit, you can watch it below.
added 5:07pm, Flames release a statement, read it below the video…
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Brace yourself, Tom Kostopoulos — this one’s gonna sting.
It won’t hurt as much as the shoulder check you issued to the jaw of Red Wings defenceman Brad Stuart Friday that will have the NHL’s wheel of justice turning right into this morning’s 11 a.m. conference call hearing.
But it’ll leave a mark for sure as your blatant blindsiding is sure to cost you several games and quite a few sheckles as one of the NHL’s repeat offenders.
Sadly for you, the hit comes on the heels of yet another headshot debate sparked by the recent concussion suffered by Sidney Crosby.
While Stuart was being examined by doctors who debated the merits of surgery on the broken jaw (they opted not to operate and simply wired his mouth shut), disciplinarian Colin Campbell and the league refused comment pending the result of the hearing.
What is decided today could be a landmark ruling for a Rule 48 offender.
continued with more hockey talk…
Kostopoulos received two minutes for roughing.
Post game, Henrik Zetterberg says the Wings will be very surprised if there is no suspension.
No video yet.
added 12:17am on 1/8/11, Mike Babcock says awful hit, disgraceful and unfortunate that (bleeped out) goes on.
added 12:23am, via the CP at TSN,
Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart left the game halfway through the third and did not return. He got bowled over by Tom Kostopoulos right beside the Red Wings net and when the training staff finally helped him to his feet, a giant pool of blood was left behind.
added 12:27am, video added…
Our weekly look at the performance of the Southeast Division’s top minor league affiliates from the week gone by kicks off this week with a thought on Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter trading his own son, Brett, to the Carolina Hurricanes (where he’ll report directly to AHL Charlotte, assuming he clears waivers).
I remarked on Twitter that, though I had found trouble a time or two in my younger days, my father had only threatened to ship me to another country – a reference to the younger Sutter’s recent run-in with the law, stemming from his alleged involvement in a bar fight in Scottsdale, Arizona. Several outlets have reported, however, that the trade – Sutter, a seldom-used forward, and defenseman Ian White to Carolina for d-man Anton Babchuk and grinding winger Tom Kostopoulos – was in the works long before the incident in question.
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RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Ian White and forward Brett Sutter from the Calgary Flames. In exchange for White and Sutter, the Hurricanes have traded defenseman Anton Babchuk and forward Tom Kostopoulos to the Flames.
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with right wing Tom Kostopoulos on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Kostopoulos $700,000 in 2009-10, $950,000 in 2010-11 and $1.1 million in 2011-12.
“Tom is a character player who adds grit to our lineup,” said Rutherford. “He is a strong penalty killer and plays a high-energy game that will fit our team’s style of play.”
note: How nice is it that the Canes actually released the salary structure? Too bad the majority of teams do not do this.
Press release from the NHL:
Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #197 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 8, the National Hockey League announced today.
“While it is my determination that Kostopoulos did not deliver a check to an unsuspecting opponent, his actions caused injuries,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kostopoulos is considered a repeat offender. Accordingly, he forfeits $32,926.83 based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 7:35pm, from Habs Inside/Out,
A statement from Kostopoulos released by the Canadiens:
“First and foremost, I sincerely regret the injuries suffered by Mike Van Ryn. This is an unfortunate turn of events. I was just trying to get in on the forecheck and get the puck. I didn’t anticipate him turning and couldn’t stop.
“I was trying to finish my check and obviously it did not end up well. I never intend on injuring another player. I feel bad. I hope he is going to be all right and resume playing as quickly as possible.”
from Damien Cox at his Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,
Unless you want to change the rules, there’s not much that could have been changed about the hit on Mike Van Ryn on Saturday night.
Van Ryn was doing his job, trying to make the toughest, most courageous play in the game, which is hustling back to get the puck in your own zone knowing you’re going to get drilled into the end boards.
Don’t tell me about the “tough guys” of the games, the guys who scrap. Tell me about the Van Ryns who make that play night after night. Those are the tough guys. Those are the players you need more of to make a tough hockey team.
So Van Ryn was making the right play. So too was Tom Kostopoulos, a 29-year-old winger from Mississauga who isn’t in the league to be fancy and score but to skate hard, finish his check and be a grinding forward.
In case you missed the hit, you can see it here...
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
A 6-3 Toronto victory, during which the home side outplayed Les Glorieux by a hefty margin, was marred in the first period when Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn was sent to hospital with a concussion, broken nose and broken left hand after he was smashed from behind into the boards by Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos. Later in the period, Leafs rookie defenceman Luke Schenn went hard into the boards when he was tripped by Andrei Kostitsyn.
Van Ryn, who was knocked out on the play, will be out for at least a month. Schenn was not hurt.
read on a and a video of the Kostopoulos hit on Van Ryn below
Kostopoulos earned a two-minute roughing minor on the play, but the war of words has escalated ever since.
“Kostopoulos, he’s a tough kid and I’ve got a lot of respect for him and [Steve] Bégin,” Philadelphia head coach John Stevens said. “But to go up and blindside sucker Kimmo Timonen on a play at the end there, that’s cowardly, in my opinion.”
Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau has been anything but quiet about the criticism of his player.
“That’s one team that shouldn’t talk,” Carbonneau said of Stevens’s comments. “They played 82 games and had the most suspensions in the league.”
And over at the Philadelphia Daily News, Rich Hofmann also expects things to get nastier in this series, citing this quote from Carbonneau:
“I think [Timonen] deserved it. That’s why they didn’t call any (major) penalties on it.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos will not be suspended for his left hook sucker punch to the face of Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen on Saturday.
The NHL hockey operations office reviewed the incident and ruled that because Kostopoulos was penalized on the play and Timonen was not injured, no further discipline was necessary.
Less than 24 hours after his team was accused of commiting a cowardly act by Philadelphia coach John Stevens, Guy Carbonneau has rushed to his players’ defence – especially atoning the behaviour of Tom Kostopoulos.
“That (the Flyers) is one team that shouldn’t talk,” the Canadiens coach said Sunday, after his team participated in an optional practice in LaSalle. “Over 82 games, they had the most suspensions in the league.”
more at Habs Inside/Out…
from RDS (translated),
Tom Kostopoulos can breathe a bit easier since he has learned that there will be no charges against him in Florida in the wake of his arrest last week.
Kostopoulos aurait pu être accusé d’entrave au travail des policiers. Kostopoulos would have been accused of obstructing the work of police.
Le joueur du Canadien a présenté une lettre d’excuse aux policiers pour être intervenu lors de l’arrestation de son coéquipier Ryan O’Byrne. The Canadian player submitted a letter of apology to police to be intervened with the arrest of his teammate Ryan O’Byrne.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and Tom Kostopoulos were arrested yesterday, and the first thing that jumped out at me as I read the police report was the time and place of the incident - 3 a.m. outside a bar.
Over the years, we’ve seen numerous stories about athletes running afoul of the law. The offences have run the gamut from players urinating in alleys to incidents where people have been killed. The two constants in many of those cases have been alcohol and late hours.
How come these incidents nev er take place at 3 p.m. in a library?
The legal system will decide whether O’Byrne is guilty of third-degree grand theft and whether Kostopoulos was out of bounds when he went to the defence of his teammate and was charged with resisting arrest without violence.
But the two have already been subjected to the court of public opinion and they’re both guilty of being stupid.
Kostopoulos recieved an automatic one-game suspension from the NHL for going after Bruins’ Mark Stuart late in the 7-4 Canadiens’ victory. He was given an instigator penalty and a game misconduct on the play.
The Kostopoulos incident was only one of a number of altercations between the two clubs in the third period.
The NHL will not fine Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau.
added 12:35pm, TSN has updated the link and now saying Cabeonneau has been fined.
The Montreal Gazette has a Q & A with Tom Kostopoulos…
What is the craziest prank you have seen?
“In Los Angeles, I used to switch the gel and the shampoo, and one day Marc Crawford went to gel his hair and used the shampoo. And the way he likes his hair perfect, it was pretty funny when he came out and it was all flat and he was pretty fired up about it. Marc Bergevin, when I was in Pittsburgh, he was crazy. He used to dress up like the other team’s mascot before the games, wear wigs or dress up like a 1970s dancer and dance for everyone. He was probably the funniest prankster and craziest guy I have met.”
more with Tom…