I’ve been out of commision all morning due to a little thing called work, but I’ve been reading the comments and looking around and taking in as much as possible the Malone vs. Campoli vs. Shanahan affair.
Now I’m waiting for the on-camera announcement from Shanahan himself. You know the one, where he looks like he’s in grade three reading about Dick and Jane and Spot.
I thought I had it figured out. The league was attempting in a big way to rid itself of head shots, but I guess it’s only some head shots. Depends on who’s giving and who’s taking.
I was also pretty sure that previous suspensions I’ve seen this year in preseason and described by Shanahan were, for the most case, fairly dangerous and were dealt with accordingly. I thought some of them were almost as nasty as the Malone shot.
It seems Chris Campoli stuck his head out and tried to hurt Malone’s elbow. What was he thinking?
And just when I thought I knew a little bit about hockey, it seems I don’t. Because I thought it was a flagrant, vicious attack that deserved at least five games. Maybe ten. Boy, was I out in left field.
There’s no use complaining about this. It just gives Habs-haters more ammunition. They had a field day with the cops getting involved in the Chara-Pacioretty case, and now they can say we’ve taken a little love tap and turned it into a punch by George Foreman.
Of course, their miserable hate-on blinds the reality, but there’s no use trying to tell them that.
What would have transpired if Campoli had suffered a serious injury from this? Does it then make Malone guilty, or is he still free as a bird? And if he’s suspended for an injury-causing blow, then what’s the difference?
I’m also disappointed in Jacques Martin. Is he afraid to criticize the league in any manner whatsoever? When have we ever heard him blow a fuse over an injustice? Martin should have come out with guns blazing and backed his man in print and on the air. But it seems it’s not his personality, and I think it’s a big downfall of his.
Players want to know that their coach will go to bat for them. Martin has failed miserably, as he did in the Chara-Pacioretty incident.
Anyway, I’m all about Thursday, when the Canadiens take on the Leafs. We’re just going to have to do things the old-fashioned way. Win and win often.
Whether the league wants us to or not.