It seems that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has determined that five games will be the de facto level for suspensions in the NHL. That was the punishment handed down to Maxim Lapierre and Cody McLeod for their respective hits. Those boarding incidents were severe, and warranted a harsh punishment. Thanks to the CBA, any suspension that last more than five games can be appealed.
Dallas Stars‘ forward Ryan Garbutt is the next recipient of a five game ‘Shanaban’. Garbutt got five games for his charging hit on the Los Angeles Kings Dustin Penner. Penner was leveled on the play, and has yet to return to the active roster. The whole story here. (NHL)
The folks over at Rotoworld are part of the “Drive Scott from the NHL” society, and they lament the loss for all fantasy players who had Loui Eriksson in their fantasy teams. They go over all the players you should try to add, trade for, or drop from your roster. (Rotoworld)
Puck Daddy awards Milan Lucic first star honors for his two goal performance last night. It looks like the hockey gods decided that the puck in the face was fair punishment for his charging Ryan Miller a few seasons back, and they allowed him to only need a few stitches and earn that second goal in a sprawling Orr-esque faction. See which other Bruins were cited for gallantry in his article (Puck Daddy).
Finally, the Twitterverse was united in condemnation for John Scott. It was near universal, and players and writers from across the planet chimed in on Scott’s baffling act of stupidity.
John Scott can’t play hockey.. Kaleta reckless… Myers should have had bridge contract… Ehrhoff and Leino overpaid… Hodgson 2nd line
— Matthew Barnaby (@MattBarnaby3636) October 24, 2013
— A Winning Habit (@FSAWinningHabit) October 24, 2013
In a weird hockey moment, Bruins and Habs fan unite around what a total bastard Scott is and what a shameful state the Buffalo team is in.
— Andrew E Thompson (@Godwentwhoops) October 24, 2013
When Bruins fans and Canadiens fans unite in common cause, you know it’s going to be an interesting day in hockey.