With A Forfeit On The Horizon, The Struggles Continue
If the recent game in Ottawa is forfeited to the Senators because the Canadiens used Ryan White for three minutes without informing the league he was being called up from Hamilton, then we’ll have to suck it up, swear a bit, and then toss it aside and continue winning.
A forfeiting would not be a good thing. It was a good old 4-1 thrashing of the Sens, a game where the home team outshot the good guys but like Roy Rogers, the good guys ended up winning and smiling and riding off into the sunset. We can’t forfeit a game. We need every one. Two points is a major hit. We’re on the bubble as far as playoff spots go, and like Danno has pointed out in a previous comment, the Leafs are coming up fast.
Here’s Gary Bettman’s right-hand man, Bill Daly.
“The Canadiens have an obligation to make a filing with the League office, notifying us (by 5 p.m. ET) that they are adding Ryan White to their active roster,” Daly said. “But they hadn’t done that. So according to our records, he was still an AHL player and wasn’t eligible to play. He was not on that active roster at the time the game started.
“It was a simple filing issue but, obviously, simple filing issues can entail broader concepts under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and problems under the CBA with your cap accounting obligation and active roster, if they were (above) their 23-man limit. That would have been an additional issue, but that wasn’t the case.”