The Book of NHL Fail, Chapter 3857
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.