Something a little different today, noting these three recent items:
Atlanta's Andy Sutton gets four games for mashing Darcy Tucker's head into the end boards.
Martin Havlat of Ottawa gets a five-game suspension for kicking Boston Hal Gill.
|More justice coming for Eric Boulton today.|
And today, Atlanta goon Eric Boulton finds out how many games he'll be out (hint: it's a minimum five-gamer).
We'll be posting the news on the Star's waymoresports website when it's handed down, and asking you for your call. How many games should Boulton get? Should the league come down harder on these infractions, given changes meant to juice up offence? Should coaches be disciplined as well, in cases like Boulton's, with the suggestion from Pat Quinn and John Tortorella that the Thrashers' Bob Hartley is as much to blame?
Hey, it'll keep us going for the day, with Gill and the Bruins in town to take on the Leafs tonight (and it'll keep us from raking the embers of that pasting the Flyers put on Toronto Saturday night).
UPDATE: Here's the pertinent stuff from a chat with Boston's Hal Gill at today's morning skate, on this issue (Tucker had nothing much to say, preferring to "leave it to the league"):
Q: With the length of Eric Boulton’s suspension coming down today, how do you see the issue of suspensions in this new NHL environment – should they be heavier?
Gill: “I don’t have much of a comment. Each game is different, each situation is different, so it’s kind of tough to say what should be called and what shouldn’t be called, or is it 10 games or five games. But there’s definitely no place for some of the things that have been going on – not so much (for) the first-time offenders, but the second- and third-. When are they going to get the point? That’s when I think the suspensions have to be heavier – when guys are repeat offenders.”
Q: How satisfied were you with the severity of the Havlat suspension, for the kick on you?
Gill: “It’s hard to say. Like I said, it’s an individual case. Five games is a lot – but he’s done it before and you just can’t allow it. It is a lot, but hopefully it’s a lesson he’s learned and it won’t happen again.”
Q: The stated aim of these new rules is to promote offence and eliminate the obstruction. Does it follow then that in terms of suspensions, the penalties should be more severe?
Gill: “I think it’s a completely separate issue. Making the game more flowing and more offensive, that’s completely different than guys throwing elbows or kicking.”
Some other Leafs links in your morning coffee:
Brian Leetch is back in town, and Ken Campbell is talking to him. Leetch has this to say about Bryan McCabe: "I think he can win the Norris Trophy and he's the best player I've played with in my career as a partner."
Mark Zwolinski reports that Pat Quinn is rushing to the defence of Wade Belak, which is a whole lot more than what anyone can say of Belak.
Nik Antropov has gone home to Kazakhstan, after his father passed away late last week.
Speaking of tonight's game, Brad Boyes is looking forward to it.
Nice read from the Boston Herald on Bruins young gun Patrice Bergeron.
Mats Sundin is back on the ice, and should get some news today about whether his injured eye will require surgery.