“failure to control players”

Here’s a handy dandy point of reference:

PHI 9 Suspensions, 4 Fines

PIT 8 Suspensions, 4 Fines

NYI – 8 Suspensions, 2 Fines

WAS – 6 Suspension, 1 Fines 

VAN – 6 Suspension, 4 Fines

NYR – 3 Suspension, 6 Fines

Of this sampling of teams fines and suspensions over the last 3 years, exactly 1 team has been fined for failing to control their players. The New York Islanders. Meanwhile teams have more or nearly as many infractions with league discipline, and receive no such fine.

What is so hard about a uniform standard? A teams 3rd player suspension results in a 100K fine with the sum being given to Hockey Fights Cancer. A teams 3rd fine results in a 50K donation.

Why is this standard not clearcut?

Why is it still nebulous?

Because the NHL wants it that way. Look at that list. There’s 5 perennially good teams on it, and the Islanders. Guess which one got the hammer?

HINT: Not the ones that make the league cash money, homie.

Streamline the process, have guidelines. Hammer teams until they clean it up.

How many fines or suspensions did the Isles have this season after being hammered?

1, Tavares. For slashing Letang. Who he should slash again.

Consistency and accountability. Try it, NHL.

 

 

My Playoff Picks and Mock Draft.

Hey fellas and gals, been a while. Your erstwhile isles scribe checks in after yet another torturous year of Isles hockey. I’ll get back on the team beat pre-July 1st, but lets get down to brass tacks. We just saw the envelopes and ping pong balls… and the Oilers jobbed their way to the top spot again.

I’ll recap the crap that was the Isles season soon.

Now that the Draft Lottery has come and gone, and New Jersey didn’t No lube my Isles… We’ll mock the top 10.

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Trots says we can mock our own, you can eat it.

  1. Nail Yakupov – EDM will take him or trade. Very simple. He’s the Consensus Run Away topdog.
  2. Filip Forsberg – Howson goes slightly off the board. Wants a crease crasher.
  3. Mikhail Grigogenko – Montreal. Roy’s son. It’s done. It’s faite compli.
  4. (The only pick we really care about) Ryan Murray – Snow takes a Dman. If Murray is gone, he grabs Dumba.
  5. Alex Galchenyuk – Burke gets a playmaker to support Kessel.
  6. Teuvo Teravainen – Teemu coaches up the young Fin.
  7. Matthew Dumba (If he’s gone Cody Ceci)– Minnesota goes for a BIG Dman.
  8.  Radek Faksa – My Canes correspondents insist
  9. Morgan Reilly – Winnipoop gets the injured but dynamic Dman.
  10.  Malcolm Subban – Tampa finally addresses the net question.

Playoff Predictions

The conference that matters:

  1. New York Rangers v.  8. Ottawa Senators – I want the Rangers out, but they are better everywhere. NYR in 6. *vomit*
  2. Boston Bruins v. Washington Capitals – Who is in net for DC? Bruins in 5.
  3. Florida Panthers v. 6. New Jersey Devils – FLORIDA. RAT TRICKS. IN 6.
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins v. 5. Philadelphia Flyers – Penguins in 7. *vomit*

Out West:

  1. Vancouver v.  Los Angeles Kings – Doughty Power. Kings in 7.
  2. St. Louis Blues v. 7. San Jose Sharks – Blues in 6.
  3. Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Tough one. Yotes in 7.
  4.  Nashville Predators v. 5.  Detroit Red Wings – Preds in 6.
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Payback is a bitch, bitch. Southern Hockey, FTW.

SC Finals pick:  Panthers v.  Preds. Canada explodes.

Next time you see me, I’ll be shockingly bitter pre free agency. I’ll have a good asbestos filled view from the Coliseum draft party and may live blog it.

Dont call it a comeback.

It’s been roughly a decade since I played hockey regularly. I’ve missed it dearly. At the urging of a good friend, I’ve decided to go all in. Truth be told, there are several reasons this is the right decision. Other than the initial outlay in gear (which face it, 300 hundred bucks is a mountain when you’re a kid, when you’re an adult it’s a pair of parking tickets), 40 bucks a week for ice time / instruction is a bargain, considering it’s 20 bucks a week for bar league softball.

There’s a few things I miss about playing hockey. The hitting, mostly. The camaraderie. The one-upsmanship. The fact I was pretty fucking dirty. 

  Last year, I had the joy to lace em up with a dear friend who since left us to return to his native Buffalo. But that reminder had me smiling (and sore for days).

The sub reminders was that my skating was still awful but my hands, well… filthy mittens can still do work. 

Got stoned more than a few times by a goaltender who could be on the Brooklyn Aviators roster right now if he wanted, but I still had a few dangles in the bag of tricks. Crazy Euro Dangles.

The hands will improve more still. The skating is going to get better, especially when I badger another one of my friends to help me with transitions and power skating. She’s gonna kill me.

Nonetheless, I’m back playing hockey, and look to lace em up Next Monday.

Going for a little cardio between now and then so I dont blow up after one line rush. Probably gonna sneak by Aviator for a skate.

I missed a lot of things about hockey.

Most of all I missed the rush that it provides like no other sport.

Keep you posted on how the quest back to game-shape goes.

 

Today’s game was ‘great’, last February a ‘Travesty’?

In response to last February 11th:

“Not blaming Islanders for revenging DP… but Matt Martin sucker-punching Max Talbot reminds me of Bertuzzi-Moore a bit… Yikes”

-Pierre LeBrun

“Gillies, Haley, Martin – where do the Islanders dig up these thugs? Not one of them could score 10 goals in a full ECHL season.”

-Damien Cox

“One of the worst games I’ve ever seen. Sucks that the #Pens were part of this abortion of a hockey game. #Isles are embarrassing.”

-PensChat

“Not tying down a jersey is a game misconduct in #NHL, but outright assault often is not. Awesome.”

– Dejan Kovacevic

Lets take that from the bottom to the top, in response to todays mekee.

“Awesome. #NHL still hasn’t produced official scoresheet because of all the fights in final minute.”

-Dejan Kovacevic

“Someone needs to punch out Laviolette. Flyers are mad we threw our 4th line for the last minute of a 6-3 game?! Clean hit by Vitale.”

-PensChat

“Why yes, I DID just make playoff hotel reservations in Pittsburgh and Philly.”

-Bruce Arthur

And from the Tribune review that killed the Isles:

(after the game ending melee) “PensFlyers is going to be insane…the subplots are thick, and the hockey is extremely entertaining.”

– Josh Yohe

Still waiting on Cox and LeBrun to weigh in, but universally, the reaction has been that of praise for this game today while the Islanders were universally crapped on. That’s garbage journalism. Absolutely cheap with no sliver of journalistic integrity ,and I’ll tell you why.

It’s the easy narrative, done with no homework.

The Penguins Flyers game got out of hand today because it was a one sided asskicking. The Islanders Penguins game got out of hand because it was retaliation for no less than 4 significant injuries caused to Isles by Penguins within one calender year.

The fact that’s overlooked is not surprising, but the simple reality is this: The Flyers get their ‘respect’ and the Pens showed their ‘moxxie’ but the isles were ‘classless’ solely because of where they sit in the standings.

When a first place or playoff team does it, it’s “wonderful” (see Bruins Habs the same week as Isles Pens), when a down trodden franchise does it, that’s a “circus” or “embarrassment to the game”.

The common denominator in both games was the Pittsburgh Penguins (And Max Talbot, who is the equivalent of a almost useful Sean Avery), and that’s not an accident. They have a number of players who are willing to go for ‘cheap’ plays and one or two who have no problem going flat-out ‘dirty’. When that’s what you set forth as how things are going to go, sooner or later teams tire of your antics.

Today, the Penguins initiated this fracas. Last time, their flat-out disregard for safety of their peers led to it over the accumulation of hostility over 8 meetings between the Isles and Pens before it finally exploded. This time it got nasty much quicker.

One last thing on this:

Where is Mario’s ‘shame’ letter to the league now? His embarrassment? His regret to be part of a garbage league?

Once again, Mario Lemieux, patron saint of hypocrites.