Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Not-so nuts about James Duthie

Usually I enjoy listening to James Duthie on the TSN NHL Panel. But tonight was an exception. He commented on the Raffi Torres hit on Jason Williams mentioning that there are too many players leaving the ice on a stretcher lately. He asked his colleagues if the hit was legit. They unanimously answered that it was in fact, a clean hit. Duthie held his ground and insisted that the NHL needs to look into head injuries further.
Tell you what, James. Maybe you should cover golf and bowling instead. It was a clean hit. A beauty. Williams did not see it coming..SO WHAT? That's the damn point! It is supposed to be a heads up sport. If you want to talk about a problem, talk about hard plastic shoulder pads causing concussions and I will agree with you.
I think more players are being taken off the ice on stretchers because of precautionary reasons as well. Apparently, Williams is doing just fine last I heard, and only recieved a cut. The fact that he went off on a stretcher just made it look worse than it really was.
Know what really bugs me? It's the fear that people like James Duthie and these a**holes are going to get their way, and that hockey is going to increasingly become a non-contact sport in the not-so distant future. It already is I guess. I hope we never lose the rugged, tough side of the game. But you never know with the way this western culture is heading....lawsuits...liability....fear of getting hurt....get my drift?
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To further that last part...I MISS GOONS! I believe it was Gord Miller who asked Pierre McGuire during the Wings/Oilers game tonight if it was worth it that Ethan Moreau sustained a long term shoulder injury during a potential fight with Danny Markov to repay him for levelling Jarett Stoll. Was it worth it? Hell yeah! The fact that he was defending Stoll was an honorable thing. The fact that his shoulder popped out was a pure fluke accident. The Oilers are going to miss Moreau no doubt, but Moreau did the right thing, he was just unlucky.
Tonight, in the Oilers' 3-0 loss to Detroit, Steve Staios finally avenged Markov by squaring off with him. Staios recieved a 5 minute major for fighting, a 10 minute misconduct, and 2 minutes for instigating. That instigator rule has got to go. The potential that the opposing team could score a PP goal on you because you got an instigator penalty is a complete farce. Thankfully the Wings didn't tonight.
Did you see any Red Wing players even come close to paying back Torres for that hit on Williams? Nope. And that is where the honor in this game is DYING.
So I say, scrap the instigator rule, and bring back the goons. Make players afraid to hit someone like that. Rattle someone's skull if they run your goalie. All you see now is a bunch of pushing and shoving to avoid a penalty or because of a lack of goons out there, which solves NOTHING.

8 Comments:

At November 9, 2006 at 2:53 AM , Blogger Sportingo said...

Would you be interested in publishing any artilces about sports. It is quite obvious that you are a big hockey fan with a good style of writing. We could definately use some articles on the subject.

All the best,
michelle@sportingo.com

 
At November 9, 2006 at 3:12 AM , Blogger Temujin said...

It is interesting that Torres didn't see anymore ice time until the middle of the third (the hit was in the middle of the second). Was MacT trying to prevent Torres from getting his head knocked in by a member of the Wings? Or was he disciplining Torres for a perceived illegal hit?

Anyways, I still haven't even seen the darn thing, so I'll have to check it out this morning.

Cheers!

 
At November 9, 2006 at 5:54 AM , Blogger reality check said...

In the Oils previous game against the Habs, Greene took out Johnson knee on knee and Souray took care of him. Souray got the game misconduct, Greene got 2 and 5. This is nuts! The instigator rule is for pussies.

Somewhere there is a stat telling that players are hardly ever hurt in fights. Another unofficial stat on fights - 100% of hockey fans love them.

Cherry for commish!

 
At November 9, 2006 at 10:08 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Indeed it is for pussies.
Within 10 years, the NHL office will be doing all the retribution for infractions and cheap shots, and fighting will be a thing of the past. Sad. You can already see it this year. Where's all the fights? It's like watching European hockey!

 
At November 9, 2006 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Not that European hockey is bad, but I like violence in the sport as well....as in 2 fights per game and about 30 big hits.

 
At November 9, 2006 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Doogie said...

McGuire said that one of the kids wanted Raffi's number, but the vets said "no way, son, that was legal."

The real problem is those fucking plastic shoulder pads. 15 years ago, Williams gets his bell rung something fierce, but doesn't spend ten minutes face-down in a pool of is own blood. Maybe someone other than Cherry or Healy has to say it before they listen.

 
At November 9, 2006 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Agreed, doogie. Cherry has been preaching this for how long now? I bet this will change soon, hopefully before they start reducing head shots. Eliminating the hard plastic 'pads' is the only logical answer.
An update on Williams...he sustained a first degree concussion and has facial lacerations. He has been placed on the IR.

 
At November 9, 2006 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Doogie said...

An update on Williams...he sustained a first degree concussion and has facial lacerations. He has been placed on the IR.

Shit, I didn't see that coming.

As an aside, YouTube is fucking broken. I've tried commenting on videos and I've tried age-verifying videos (the Markov-Stoll hit, mysteriously, was rated 18+), but it just keeps asking me to confirm my age or email address again and again. Good thing I don't really use it for anything other than watching.

 

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