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CanucksArmy Post-Game: This Is So Stupid

Under different circumstances, the story tonight could have been how the Canucks held their own against one of the best teams in the league, outshooting them at five-on-five and going a perfect four-for-four on the PK after struggling mightily in that department for much of the season.

Instead, Danick Martel tried to decapitate Troy Stecher and the refs blew the call.

Oops.

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The game descended into a series of fights and scuffles in the second period and the teams would combine for 58 penalty minutes, but for brief interludes, a hockey game was played. The Canucks would actually perform about as well as could be reasonably expected over that time, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. The Lightning would go on to add a late goal and an empty netter to seal the game at 5-2 and end the Canucks undefeated streak at 5-0-1.

HIGHLIGHTS

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SHENANIGANS

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ALPHONSO DAVIES

QUICK HITS

  • The Canucks may not have come out on top on the scoresheet, but the real loser of tonight’s game was the league, because the officiating was borderline laughable. Antoine Roussel received a phantom roughing penalty after fighting Yanni Gourde midway through the second frame, while Gourde was assessed a game misconduct. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the Lightning received a power play in the aftermath. Later, they missed an offside call that was so obvious all ten players on the ice stopped playing for a moment, assuming it would be called. Most notably, when Danick Martel laid a blindside hit to the head of Troy Stecher, he was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for interference rather than the five-minute major and game misconduct he would have received had he been called for making an illegal check to the head. As a result, the game got away from the officials and descended into series of brawls throughout the second half of the period.
  • I’m not generally a fan of fighting in hockey, but you can’t fault the Canucks for responding the way they did. If the league wants fighting to decrease, they have to get calls like the Martel hit on Stecher right. When that doesn’t happen, it’s obvious players will take matters into their own hands. I’m not sure what else you can expect, really. This team got a lot of heat for how they responded to Mike Matheson’s hit on Elias Pettersson earlier this season, and you know they weren’t going to let that happen again.

  • You have to think Danick Martel will be getting a call from the league after that hit. We’ve seen player incur suspensions due to less blatant hits targeting the head in the past, and Troy Stecher was injured enough on the play that he did not return. It was only Martel’s second career NHL game, so he has no prior history of supplemental discipline, but I won’t be surprised if he sits for a game or two.
  • Speaking of Stecher, his absence resulted in Alex Edler playing a whopping 30:05 tonight, by far the most he’s played this season. In spite of the loss, he finished the night with a 58% shot share at even strength, three shots on goal, and an even plus/minus (I know it’s a bad stat, but it’s nonetheless impressive in game where the Canucks gave up five goals). He’s quietly on pace to have his best offensive season since 2011-12 despite missing 15 games, and has seen his shot-share rise 6 percentage points since returning from injury. With Olli Juolevi now out for the remainder of the season, the Canucks may find it hard to move on from him this summer.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Adam Gaudette played just 6:13 tonight, and looks as though he’ll be the one returning to Utica when Brandon Sutter returns to the lineup. While he played by far the least minutes on the team, he did play 1:28 on the man advantage and skated primarily with Nikolay Goldobin and Jake Virtanen at even-strength. Six minutes is low by anyone’s standards, but at least you can say he’s getting opportunities offensively.
  • I liked what little we saw of the Goldobin-Gaudette-Virtanen line, and wouldn’t mind them getting an extended look if Sven Baertschi ends up on Horvat’s wing when he returns. The Canucks could use some scoring punch in their bottom six, and if you want to know why, look no further than the Bolts fourth line of Cedric Paquette, Adam Erne, and Danick Martel. They all played less than ten minutes tonight but had two of the Lightning’s five goals.
  • I’ve been surprised and impressed with Jake Virtanen’s progression this season. The goals haven’t been a huge surprise, given that he’s always had a good shot, but one thing I did not see coming was the steps he’s taken as a playmaker to round out his offensive game. He made the nicest play of the game for the Canucks, earning the primary assist on Motte’s goal in the first period. We’ve been hard on Jake in the past but it’s been genuinely nice to see him develop into a useful piece this year. The Canucks are pretty limited when it comes to options on the right side, and Jake’s proven he deserves to be in the top six for the time being.


  • NorthernBClife

    Erik Gudbranson proves his worth in games like this. Also, Bo Horvat is a very unique player in this league I’m realizing. He carries his own line no matter who plays with him either 4th liners or snipers, he is a driver of offense. He shuts down the other teams top center as well. He’s a bull. His play and production have him in line to be Bergeron or Toews like force as those guy fade in there careers eventually. I believe 70 point seasons are ahead with Selke Trophy at least once a long the way. Canadian Olympic team invites and Canucks captaincy seem likely over next decade.

    • tyhee

      “Erik Gudbranson proves his worth in games like this.”

      From where I sat:

      -Gudbranson’s actions consisted of shooting the puck at Martel and joining in as 3rd man after Virtanen had gone after him.
      -nothing the Canucks did stopped Paquette from subsequently taking a run at Petey

      Imo those actions didn’t show value to the Canucks.

      I too have been impressed by Horvat’s play this season.

      • Fred-65

        I was at last nights game and IMHO EG failed the test. Yes he could have been a difference make, yes he should have been a difference maker ….fact he talked a lot but INIATED nothing. He joined a couple of scrums but achieved nothing. EG is a player that could could, repeat could be an impact player in the league, fact is he isn’t. I watched him talking to Stamkos for a while, no push shove or keep your head up, looked social to me, heck maybe they’re buddies. Last nigh EG could have been the difference in Coopers game plan, he failed, he wasn’t ready. After the first 5 minutes it became clear what the Cooper plan was. To their credit they carried out the plan to a “T” Think about the difference between the game in Florida earlier in the year to last nights game. It was clear the plan was to get a piece of each and every Canuck legally or illegally. With the fine assistance from the officials the plan was excellent. Further more of course we here today that the DPS backed up Cooper with no discipline for the Stecher hit to the head. But in line with Mr Trumps theory “there is no collusion” 🙂
        To my mind Tampa had the better skill level and the result was clearly a TB win. But in the process I lost my respect for Cooper and the league. It’s a sham it seem plain this year it will be TB hoisting the Cup …. it’s been decided in a board room some place

        • DJ_44

          After the first 5 minutes it became clear what the Cooper plan was. To their credit they carried out the plan to a “T” Think about the difference between the game in Florida earlier in the year to last nights game. It was clear the plan was to get a piece of each and every Canuck legally or illegally.

          Aside from the Martel hit, it was not a dirty game. Tampa was not an overly physical team last night.

          But hey, I will watch them closer next time. Here I thought they were top of the league because of skill and goaltending, when really they are apparently the new, 5’10″_and_below, incarnation of the Broad Street Bullies. This is why I read the comment section, thanks Fred.

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      I also was at the game last night and both Guddy and Pouliot looked terrible. Fast and skilled players can make both of them look foolish so quickly…and both men made at least 2 flagrant turnovers (but so did several other Canucks…alomg with falling down, tripping over the blue line, and whiffing on passes). I suspect the ice sucked, but then again, TB didn’t seem to have any issues?

      The referreing was terrible. In all honesty, I’m quite shocked that Guddy didn’t get a suspension for his attempted uppercut sucker punch on a TB player during the scrum where Hutton fought.

      Canucks never seem to get the calls when players take clear liberties….have we had a single 5 min PP this entire season yet???

      NHL really needs to stop being so dn dinosaur and adopt the IIHF rule for headshots acknowledging that even if a hit is accidental, it still is a headshot and is righfully punished.

      The Roussel 2 min roughing call was completely warranted IMO. He had been yapping Kucherov all game and generally annoying the refs with his beeking/slashing/poking all game and when he dropped the gloves first and began pummelling the TB player, I knew right away he would get the extra 2.

      The kids were largely quiet last night, but the game was entertaining nonetheless.

    • Freud

      “Erik Gudbranson proves his worth in games like this.”

      Gudbransen was 37% possession, or -20% rel to his team. He was also minus 4.

      He was on the ice when Stetcher got hit and did nothing about it, nor was he a deterrent.

      In all scrums he was always 3rd man in.

      CA, please ban these Oiler fan trolls from coming here and trying to convince the readers Gudbransen is valuable and Benning makes good moves.

  • Kanuckhotep

    There is no refereeing conspiracy against the Canucks nor any other other team in this league. I take the time to watch large portions of other games and the calls have been bad for everyone, more now than ever. How four zebras didn’t see that Martel’s hit on Troy wasn’t a 5 min major and game misconduct is baffling. People may not like fighting but the Canucks have to protect themselves and not wait for the league to do it. That’s what Brian Burke has always said about his own teams. Just check Oiler Nation this evening and read what the flatlanders have to say about the officiating in the EDM/STL game tonight. If the officials would have made the right call on Martel the Canucks wouldn’t have had to get so angry, but it was justified IMHO. A 5 min PP could have changed the outcome of the game.

    • KootenayFlamesFan

      I agree. This is the one aspect that is ruining the game more than anything else. If the zebras did their job the dirty play would fade by and large because it would cost the team games not just hit the players insignificantly in the pocketbook.

    • North Van Halen

      Yeah, this is twice now a referee has been staring straight at a play that concussed a Canuck and did little to nothing. WTF are these guys doing.
      Mathesson blatantly body slams Pettersson with a ref 20 feet away staring right at it, his response, check to see if EP had a pulse.
      Martel, a borderline guy trying to make a name, clearly targeting the head, again the refs do almost nothing. There’s an angle that clearly shows the ref staring right at the hit.
      I’ll say it again, if the NHL wants to police the game, then police the damn game. If this is the on-ice response from NHL whenever a clear cheap shot occurs, fighting isn’t going anywhere. Someone has to respond to this stuff, if the refs won’t the players have to.

        • North Van Halen

          That was a little less overt and Baer got right up. No these 2 were blatant, with refs literally staring right at the plays. With Baer, we really had to go back to see what happened. These 2 the play was obvious from the moment it happened and again, there are angles showing refs staring right at it. What do these refs need, more blood? a player convulsing? an actual death?

    • El Cid

      I agree the reffing is bad but I don’t know what game you watched. Martel’s hit was a clean shoulder to shoulder hit and Virtanen should have been given 10 min. and the game for comming off the bench to viciously attack Martel and Guddy should at least get a review by the league for that cowardly and gutless uppercut on Martel when he could not defend himself just cowardly! The same goes for Brock and Hutton for attacking Paquette, Hutton should have at least got 3rd man in, cowards.

      • North Van Halen

        Look, if you need to come on here and troll, fine, but at least have some honor. to say that hit was shoulder to shoulder is just being an a**hole to be an a**hole. Making light of injuries and head shots is straight up ignorance. Your parents clearly did a lousy job raising you, maybe you should re-evaluate your life

      • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

        Unbelievable! I actually agree with LAKID for once (mind you, you very rarely say more than a simple sentence)….at least pertaining to Guddy getting a review. His sucker punch was garbage and cowardly. I completely disagree however with EVERYTHING else you said.

      • Gino's 3rd Cousin

        Have you left the house this year? Does mom still make you the best grilled cheese sandwiches? Do you have the faintest grasp of the rules of hockey? Use all that spare time you have to read up on them.

    • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

      I recall reading an article somewhereeither last summer or the one before where it was stated that almost all of the leagues seniormost referees were/had retired the past couple yrs and that it wouldn’t be far fetched to see the level of quality referreing go down significantly for a few yrs as so many new refs had been hired. Not surprising at all.

      Has anybody ever thought about or looked at how many of the suspensions handed out this season where actually punished by the on ice officials at the time of the infractions themselves? I should look into that cause I would imagine that more than 70% were either not punished at all by the respective refs, or were only given minor penalties… Food for thought.

  • TheRealPB

    Completely agree with your assessment. I’m not a big fan of fighting but this was completely on the refs. The missed calls, the bizarre calls, the lack of control, this was on them (it also didn’t help that Cooper is such a tool — what are you giving Martell a fist bump for? A terrible and obvious hit? Eating Gudbranson’s uppercut?).

    The Canucks actually outplayed the Lightning for significant stretches of the game, especially in the second and if not for their anemic power play and Vasilevsky being the better goalie we might have had a different outcome.

    Again, no fan of staged fights or mindless mayhem but I didn’t mind one single bit Virtanen and Gudbranson jumping Martell and loved Hutton jumping in on that idiot Paquette and Roussel thrashing Gourde. That’s one loss that is probably worth it for the team building. Hope Stetcher is ok but might be out a while.

    • liqueur des fenetres

      You don’t think that Roussel’s hit and then beat down of Gourde led to the ugly hit on Stecher? Game theory shows us that you can respond to a provocation two ways, either by ignoring it or raising the stakes. Would calling a major on Martell have defused the situation? Maybe, maybe not. Either way it wouldn’t have brought Stecher back into the line up.

      • El Cid

        Parros and the league has the same film, shoulder to shoulder and in pursuit of the puck no suspension means clean hit and clean play. The real villians are Virtanen for comming off the bench and directly attacking Martel and Parros should at the very least fine Guddy for attacking a defenceless player but then again that is the Nuckleheads M.O.

  • Defenceman Factory

    The NHL needs to do more to get dangerous play out of the game. The discussion will focus first on the refs not getting the calls right on dangerous hits. It then shifts to the league’s failure to dole out severe enough suspensions and nothing will change.

    Every other employer on the continent is liable for the behaviour of its employees. This liability causes employers to make employee training mandatory for safety and appropriate behaviour. WCB levels huge fines for unsafe working conditions. Employees are routinely dismissed if not following appropriate safety standards. As long as team owners are immuned from the actions of their players real change is not possible. Stiff fines for owners and subtracting points in the standings for repeat offences will go a lot further than adding games to player suspensions. The league better figure this out because could you imagine what would happen if the courts were involved and saw that clip of the Cooper fist bump. Rant over.

    Moving on to the game. The Canucks are a better team than most expected and put in another good effort. A couple more saves and the Canucks get at least a point. Tampa’s 1st and 3rd goals were stoppable shots. Goldobin’s play of late has been pretty good and he is certainly a talented player. If you don’t understand why many are not convinced he should be part of the team’s future watch Tampa’s 2nd goal. Goldobin was exactly where he too often is, 8 feet behind his man when he scores. Goldobin came back to his own zone and quit on his check.

    • DJ_44

      This liability causes employers to make employee training mandatory for safety and appropriate behaviour. WCB levels huge fines for unsafe working conditions. Employees are routinely dismissed if not following appropriate safety standards.

      This argument descends into the ridiculous. A referee missed a call, or had a different interpretation of the severity of the hit. Did I think it was worth five and a game? Yes. But to suggest it is a WCB issue when playing a professional sport is nonsense. We could put cushions in the boards, use spunge rubber pucks and make it no body contact and there would still be injuries.

      • crofton

        I think you missed his point. mentioning WCB (now WorkSafe BC) was simply to illustrate that workers must be protected and employers must bear the brunt of ensuring they work safely

        • DJ_44

          “ensuring” is a loaded term. Workplace injuries happen. There is inherent risk in playing professional sport, as there is in driving a truck, or washing windows in skyscraper (the former involving far more risk, I would think). Take the head shot out of the equation. A player gets crushed with a punishing hit ….legal, nothing dirty, but he separates a shoulder, or breaks a sternum. Are these safe working conditions? By WCB and your definition they are not — in the context of professional hockey, injuries like these are part and parcel to the game. Players and teams do not rely on WCB to insure their salaries; they go to private insurers for that, or insure themselves.

      • tyhee

        I think there would be some merit to having the team of the offending player be liable for paying the salary of an opposing player who is put on injured reserve due to a dirty hit, with the amount paid added to the cap hit of the offending player’s team. As you say it isn’t WCB, but the offending team should be liable for the cost of the offending player’s actions.

      • Defenceman Factory

        DJ I did not imply dangerous hits should be a WCB issue. In fact I think the danger of the league not dealing with the issue properly is that an independent body will eventually be legislated into the picture. That would be a horrible development.

        When employers face consequences from the actions of their employees things change. The owners face no consequences now and nothing is changing. If owners win more games and sell more tickets by having marginal players face fines and suspensions why should they care or be a catalyst for changing player behaviour

      • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

        D Factory made no such suggestion whatsoever. He merely used the real world (outside of the NHL’s old boys club) as a way of demonstrating the differences (archaic vs modern) of problem solving and vicarious liability as it applies in the eyes of the law to enployers concerning due diligence of safety and potential safety issues in the ‘workplace’.

  • Just-One-Cup

    Fantastic game of ‘old school’ hockey – need more of this to liven up the boredom of an overlong regular season. The paying crowd were absolutely loving it, after all, it’s sports entertainment not figure skating folks. Loved it.

    My only disappoinment is that we are light years away from being among the elite like Tampa that the GM said we would be by year five.

  • Killer Marmot

    The lesson with Virtanen is this: not everyone develops at the same rate. Models that say that if a player is this good when he’s 20 then he should be that good at 25 are just averages, accurate for only a few players. Don’t get too entranced by the numbers.

    The trick for managers is identifying those players with unrealized potential, and those players who are not likely to improve. I’m not sure analytics can help with that. Maybe.

    • LACANUCK

      Also we forget that Jake was thrust into the NHL way to early. The Canucks handling was not what you need as a young player. Guadette is a well rounded player, but big minutes and practice in Utica will help long term. It would have helped Jake

    • Dank22

      If the Sedins aren’t a prime example of different development trajectories… Of course not every prospect follows this and in no way is Jake as talented, but sometimes you have to be a little more patient and stick to the proper development path for the individual. Tortoise and the Hare.

  • Bud Poile

    Stetcher takes a serious shot to the head and Coach Cooper fist bumps him.
    Petey is run by Paquette.
    Refs blow the game with incompetence.
    The positive was the players supporting one other.

    • Freud

      Edler kneed Kucherov behind the net moments before Paquette ran Pettersson. There was no call on Edler either and Paquette was clearly responding to the non call on Edler.

      If we’re going to complain about non calls, we should consider Edler got away with a knee and a suspension too.

      • Canuck4Life20

        Are you for real? I’m pretty sure that you’re not the long-term Canucks fan you claim to be because you sound like you only started watching the game recently if you think that was a suspension. Their knees contacted on a hit behind the net. Name a single time that a play like that has resulted in a suspension.

  • Holly Wood

    Hope that player safety department gets the call that the on ice guys missed. Stecher could be out a while as the hit was eerily similar to the blindside hit on Baertschi. John Garret was right, what is Cooper fist bumping Martel on the bench. A least the Canucks held that little rat accountable. Seems like several players from the Q were running around last night.

  • Killer Marmot

    Martel could well get a suspension, but it won’t make any difference because he’s call-up player. He’s in now way critical to the team, and would probably sit those games anyway.

    The more important incident here is the fist bump. It makes it look like Coach Cooper is encouraging his players to hurt the other team. He’s got some explaining to do.

    • crofton

      Yes. That was absolutely bush, and the league should “have a little chat with him” A fine would be in order. But riddle me this. If you are a Canuck, how many hits to the head do you need to take before a major penalty gets called? At least 3 so far, this year alone.

    • crofton

      So Martel gets sent back to the AHL and would serve any suspension there? That would be ridiculous. What would stop a team from calling up some goon to run someone, knowing if he is suspended, it won’t hurt their team? I think there needs to be a rather severe punishment for that.

      • kermit

        Martel will feel it in the paycheck. He earns the minimum and a three game suspension will cost him $25,000. But I agree that it won’t hurt the team, which means there is no deterrent to putting cheap shot artists in the line up other than on-ice penalties. That’s why it’s important the refs get it right.

      • Killer Marmot

        I don’t know what the rules are about sending down a player when he’s serving a suspension. I suspect that the team has to keep the player in the league until the suspension is complete.

        • Defenceman Factory

          More rationale on why teams need to suffer consequences not just players. We are now discussing how big a cheque the owner doesn’t have to write during a suspension, if there is one.

          What incentive exists for teams to keep dangerous players off their roster or to coach players to avoid making dangerous hits? The next concussion lawsuit brought by players will present that fist bump as evidence.

      • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

        Go YouTube Penguins-Islanders from a few yrs back when over 250 mins in penalties were given along with more than 15 game misconducts for the ‘revenge’ match where both teams called up all of their goons from the ‘A’ and several of them were suspended….teams dont give a crap if their garbage players get suspended. Again, if there is no accountability to the team/ownership financially, or in the standings, then what’s the point???

  • DJ_44

    A few mistakes against the top team in the league and you lose, despite a good effort and well played game overall. Not even mentioned was the PK shutting down the top PP in the league. We will not mention the Canucks 0/6 on the PP.

    While Jackson mentioned the TBL 4th line scored 2 goals, it should be noted that the Canucks nominal 4th line of Beagle, Motte and Granlund also scored two.

    The boys had there chances. Good game. Move on.

    • Jackson McDonald

      “Under different circumstances, the story tonight could have been how the Canucks held their own against one of the best teams in the league, outshooting them at five-on-five and going a perfect four-for-four on the PK after struggling mightily in that department for much of the season.”

      It’s literally in the first sentence!

  • Beer Can Boyd

    I don’t really understand why hits like Martels are not reviewable on the ice. Had the refs taken a second look at that, he would have got 5 and a game, and they could have gone back to playing hockey.

    • Just-One-Cup

      That hit doesn’t need reviewing on the ice though, just look how close the two refs are in the gif above, it’s unbelievable that no arm goes up with a clear elbow to the head happening right in front of both them just feet away.

      I’m not one to criticise reffing as a whole as an excuse for losing or w/e, but that non-call on that headshot is one of the most blatant blown calls i have ever seen.

      Both zebras should have to explain it to the NHL, the Canucks and the public imo.

    • Holly Wood

      Having done some reffereeing in the past ( I discovered quickly It’s way easier to ref from the bench or the stands), I can tell you that the stuff that happens right in you face can get missed as you have looked past that play already. I do find it odd though that they also called in both the linesmen and nobody seen anything. Having video review available on plays like that could help

  • LACANUCK

    First of all, I have to give a big thumbs up to the Canucks, except the PP, for not backing down and sticking up for each other. There is a different vibe to this team because they play like a team. The last few years have been the Sedin line and everyone else.
    Second, Jake is really starting to impress with his development. His passing and stick handling are really improving, so maybe his ceiling is higher than expected.

    Third Refs suck. This is the response we all wanted when EP was thrown to the ground. Fact is the league won’t handle this stuff, so it’s up to the players.

    • kermit

      Wow. Spineless. I understand how the refs might miss it, but the replay from ice level not only shows the head contact, but that Martel lifted his shoulder to aim for the head.

      • Just-One-Cup

        You know what, before hearing this i wasn’t a conspiracy theorist that the league had it in for the Canucks. I have changed my mind. Incredibly bad decision from the DOPS.

      • Fred-65

        Remember this folks when they chose Parros as the head of DPS he brought this acclaim with him !!!


        George Parros also owns clothing line called “Violent Gentlemen” that glorifies the violence of hockey. It includes a Donald Trump-inspired line of hats, t-shirts, and bumper stickers with the slogan “Make hockey violent again.”

  • Doodly Doot

    When JB signed Beagle, Roussel and Schaller there were a lot of interesting thoughtful criticisms that seemed to have merit, but halfway through their first seasons, I get a sense that two out of three ain’t bad. I’m impressed with Beagle and surprised and impressed with Roussel. Their cap hits and term relative to what they’ve shown so far seem to have value. I think these are the kind of vets that help empower Green to deploy his young guys more often which I imagine was really the motivation for pursuing them in the first place. They both already feel like Canucks. I like it.

    • Killer Marmot

      There were particularly good moves given that Canucks prospects like Dahlen, Jasek, Lind, and so on are not as NHL ready as some fans hoped. Prospects can be called up when they look ready, and not because the Canucks are desperate to plug holes in their rosters.

      Still, I wish Beagle’s contract was about one year shorter.

      • Doodly Doot

        If by the end of next season the team is fighting for a playoff berth and then make it, Beagle and Roussel may seem essential to that experience and worth every penny.

  • Fred-65

    Well I’ve learned some thing to day about EG. He’s the NHLPA team rep and he and Parros are good buddies. Explains a lot IMO. Can we expect EG to be an enforcer when he’s there to uphold his fellow players well being ( Remember when he levelled Harmonic it was the latter who started the fight ) plus you’re not going to get a conflict between the DPS and the NHLPA. Do I smell a conflict here ?

    • DJ_44

      Gudbranson is not an “enforcer”. I cannot think of one “enforcer” in the league. He happens to be 6-5 and certainly knows how to handle himself. You are rambling, Fred. When he broke Hamonic’s jaw, Hamonic stepped up for an “early” hit on Dube. That is sorta the way it works. The initial offender does not look for the fight. He accepts a challenge if offered.

      Perhaps you should attempt to make a coherent argument about a perceived conflict between the NHLPA and DPS.
      Parros was teammates with a lot of current players in the league. Gudbranson was actually lobbying for action by the DPS in his post-game interview yesterday.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Having George Parros as Head of the Department of Player Safety for the NHL has about as much credibility as having Madonna market her own line of chastity belts.

  • Bud Poile

    Fast tracking back to preseason every clutch grab and hold was called.
    If only the NHL should one day instruct and repetitively educate their officials regarding head hits and injuries the league can begin to come out from the dark ages.

  • Rodeobill

    Was I the only one to notice the peanlaty against TB for “hooking” as EP made his way to the front of the net through the D was actually a vicious pitchfork to the groin!? That’s why he was so gingerly getting up, shorty and cheech didn’t see it either. I pay for the NHL site, so I could go back and rewind it to double check. That happened early in the game, things started getting dirty from the get- go. Another thing, I am sure Guddy was out looking most shifts for some blood, but no one obliged. I wish JV would have started leaning into his hits more in a game like this too.