The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/17/11 at 01:02 PM ET
While weighing in on the fact that Red Wings forward Johan Franzen, his coach, Mike Babcock, the player whose hit injured Franzen in Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan and Doan’s coach, Dave Tippett offered four very disparate takes as to whether an incident which resulted in 23 stitches to close multiple wounds and a chipped tooth…
Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner may have stumbled upon the formula which the NHL applies to every controversial play, rule, referee’s decision, or, in the case of Red Wings fans, enlistment of the City of Detroit in squelching a 59-year-old octopus-throwing tradition:
Doan feels bad that Franzen was hurt on the play, but it wasn’t his fault. Franzen believes that it was nothing short of premeditated thuggery. Tippett is convinced that Franzen injured himself and Babcock has witnessed too many 5 on 3’s against his team, that he never wants a penalty called ever again.
Welcome to the crazy inconsistent world of NHL officiating. Sometimes it’s a penalty, sometimes it’s not and sometimes we just don’t know! So, we make it up as the game rolls along.
And guess what hockey fans? It’s never going to change.
Even though, after the game, Franzen’s face resembled Frankenstein’s monster (please no more references to Franzen as Franzenstein (it’s Dr. Frankenstein, his creation did not have a name), he should have known that complaining about it is useless.
If you can count on the NHL for anything, it’s never taking accountability for it’s terrible officials. They will defend their officiating crews to the ends of the earth. The league must think that being blind to obvious incompetence protects their credibility. In reality, you can’t lose credibility if you didn’t have any to begin with.
Was Doan’s hit a penalty? Yes and no, because that’s just the way it is in the NHL.
What he said. Except about everything that the NHL “gets wrong,” including the stuff that players and their own coaches can’t agree upon.
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