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The Book of NHL Fail, Chapter 3857

March 11, 2010
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Colin Campbell is absolutely ridiculous, and not in the fun way like Pierre McGuire.

I could list the Colin Campbell Fail from this year alone and it would take up three pages.

Why does Chris Lee have a job? Why didn’t Stephane Auger get even a slap on the wrists after the Burrows incident? Why didn’t Matt Cooke (or Mike Richards) get suspended for a single second when Maxim Lapierre got four games? Because the rulebook says it’s okay?

Joke’s on you, by the way, Colin, cause the Habs are currently  undefeated with Max serving a suspension. Not that I am agreeing or disagreeing with MaxLap’s punishment*, I’m just sayin’ is all.

I get the whole thing about the rulebook, but for Koivu’s sake. Savard was twitching all over the ice. Dude’s eyeballs were falling out of his head and skating around the rink by themselves and all our friend Colin can say is that the League has to be “consistent.” It’s fine if he wants to be “consistent,” but the only thing he’s “consistent” at is “making comically bad decisions.”

Yes, the rulebook exists for a reason, but Campbell’s job exists for a reason as well.  By not suspending Cooke, he’s basically saying, “Okay, I’m totally going to be useless on this, so, like, feel free to endanger the lives or just the careers of Sid and Malkin next game, Bruins. Dan Bylsma is not as stupid as I am so it’s unlikely that you’ll get a chance at Cooke, but hey, the rulebook says the hit was fine.”

Fuck the rulebook. Just suspend him, FFS. It would have kept Cooke and his teammates safer. Not that Bruins fans weren’t neanderthals before the hit (sorry, Harry M), but it would have kept visiting Penguins fans safer, too. Although most Penguins fans seem to want to have the shit kicked out of them anyway so I guess that wasn’t to be helped.

Meanwhile, the GMs have decided to make a recommendation regarding blindside hits to the head. It appears they don’t like their players to be dead and stuff. What took them so long?

The LOiLers are in town tonight, unashamedly Tanking for Taylor or Tyler.  Don’t worry, our Habs are known for finding ways to lose games like this.

*there’s a chance I might be in agreeance with this, if only because the $14,000 in salary Max is forfeiting means one less tank of gas for his Hummer.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Kachino permalink
    March 11, 2010 6:13 pm

    Completely agree with you on this one. Like I wrote on the RDS website: If the NHL is doing nothing to prevent these types of head shots by giving the excuse that it was a legal hit, then they get what they deserve when their star players fall down to these kind of injuries (concussion). I would really like to see what the NHL would do if Crosby or Ovechkin gets hit like that. With the way things are in the NHL, I’m pretty sure that one day, we will see a player being completely paralyzed after a hit like that.

  2. therangersfan permalink
    March 11, 2010 8:52 pm

    Maxim Lapierre deserved eight…

    But yes, Colin Campbell is a douchebag… and not in the fun way like Kanye.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      March 11, 2010 9:28 pm

      I’m not saying Lapierre didn’t deserve to get suspended or making any comments on the number of games. I’m just saying, relatively speaking… WTF.

  3. March 12, 2010 12:00 am

    Look up the hit Cooke did to Anisimov and compare it. Not only is it the exact same hit (just lucky he didn’t knock the kid back to Russia) but it also happened in the exact same spot on the ice. He was suspended 2 games for it and was only penalized because the ref saw it (and probably wasn’t TIM FUCKING PEEL who was looking at the puck Savard just shot not two seconds before). Collie Campbell using the “he wasn’t penalized on the play” excuse is bollocks too. Lapierre wasn’t given a penalty either.

    Hey remember when Kostopolous showed the world just how fragile Mike Made-of-Glass Van Ryn was? He was suspended, and we’ll agree on that for a reckless hit he didn’t mean to do. But the media went after him for WEEKS (forgetting Lucic smashed Van Ryn into the glass about a week before and the only reason he wasn’t destroyed then was because the Garden is made with cardboard and cellophane). Even called him a repeat offender when the only reason he got suspended a year earlier for a game was because he instigated a fight in a game against the Bruins who were trying to bully the Habs (I think the Habs beat them like 8-3 that night or something like that).

  4. Reg permalink
    March 12, 2010 5:33 pm

    Great read. I can’t believe Campbell is so soft on discipline, but then again all these NHLer’s heads have softened over the years from headshots so I guess it’s fitting.

    Love your blog.

  5. Harry M permalink
    March 13, 2010 12:15 am

    The NHL needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. The league is stale and lacks a natural leader.
    Just look at the NFL. They fine you for any blows to the head. Doesn’t matter if you use your helmet, elbow or any part of your body. Cooke had a chance to level Savard with a shoulderm which would have been a clean hit.
    Scott Stevens used to knock people out for a living. However, I don’t recall him ever using his elbow and hitting someone from behind.
    I’m at a loss. Campbell was on Boston Sports Radio WEEI this morning and said 8 people reviewed the hit and all of them were in agreement that it was clean.

    Say what Colin?

    • theactivestick permalink*
      March 13, 2010 9:38 am

      8 people who will go to hell. I’m not a Bruins fan at any stretch of the imagination but I do like human beings and am not exactly on board with attempted murder. I hope those 8 people sleep well at night after tucking their children in.

  6. March 13, 2010 8:36 am

    Is Charbacca playing tonight for the Booins?

    • theactivestick permalink*
      March 13, 2010 9:46 am

      Can’t be bothered to look but less skill, more goon on the B’s is not good news for the Habs.

      • March 13, 2010 11:32 am

        I’d rather 3 goons than 1 Charro. You can always decline to dance, much harder to decline being put into the 2nd row.

        Why is Martin more worried about Halaks’ confidence than Prices’?

        I feel silly commenting about this in an old entry.

  7. March 13, 2010 11:34 am

    this is Charro in case nobody got the reference.

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