Ah, the Pride
It sure is starting to add up already for the NHL, and we're only 12 days into the 2010-11 season.
So far, the league has seen:
--One player arrested for public intoxication.
--Four disciplinary reviews resulting in two suspensions and two fines.
--Two teams (New Jersey and Detroit) shortchange the fans by playing with fewer than 18 skaters because of salary cap complications.
--One player suspended for making a lewd gesture towards another player.
--One player knocked unconcious in a "staged fight" that the league once believed needed to be expunged from the NHL's entertainment package.
--One player take two baseball swings at the leg of an opponent and receive a two-minute minor.
--One goaltender faint on the ice.
--One player carried off on a stretcher after an illegal hit.
--More than dozen players sidelined with concussions.
--Referees unable so far to make the correct call on the new head shot rule on at least three occasions.
--One player, Rick Rypien, about to be suspended for grabbing at a fan in the stands after being ejected from last night's Vancouver-Minnesota game.
Meanwhile, the league says it's "riding the wave" from last season. Sure.