Originally Posted by nomorekids
My dislike for Wilson goes back further than SJ. He has a reputation for complaining about every little thing, regardless of whether or not it's justified. To make matters worse, even when he has a point, it's hard to take him seriously, given the arrogant\cocky air with which he carries himself. There's nothing wrong with that when it comes to players, but you expect more decorum from your coaching staff.
And I say that knowing full well that Trotz isn't innocent, either.
Its almost humorous the predictable accounts that come from opposing sides, and how the teams fans are drawn in as if it was Russia versus Germany circa 1942. The Sharks lose 2 players for all of the remainder of a game. NAS gets 2 games misconducts because of that. And what do we get?
- They are headhunting our skill players
- The dirty offenders deserve multiple suspensions
- Bad calls. Its us against the world.
- Our guys didn't intend to hurt them.
- They are faking their injuries in a ploy to get our players suspended.
Truth? Hartnel and Radulov played just over the line, and hurt two players. Intent? Irrelevent. It just happened and deserved the calls based on the plays themselves, and the injuries to the other players (extent of injures are considered). They were dangerous fouls.
Hartnell's foul was a judgment with respect to "intent" (Cheech was out for the game, and so was Hartnell. That is bad for the SJS in terms of trade, but at least fair both teams lost a player. No supplementary penalty. Right call by the refs and good call by the League.)
Radulov had plenty of time to not make that play, but IMO was caught up in the intensity. Its his first NHL playoff series. He didn't 'intend' on KO'ing Bernier. But he did. (Again, an even-up call with both players off the ice. Probably a worse trade for NAS given Radulov's play in both games. Suspension 1 game. Right call by the League.)
Wilson complains ('whines') about the dirty play. (Why? To get his players fired up and the League to look at the ejections.) Trotz pretends Bernier could see Radulov coming and points out that Radulov and Hartnell's have never been suspended. "Radulov is the least dirty player on the team." "When I looked at the Hartnell play in slow motion, I don't even think it deserved a penalty." "Were just trying to play hockey ........ and they turn it into a street brawl." (Why the hyperbole? To get his players fired up and protect them from League suspensions). But neither Wilson or Trotz positions are credible. They are both whiners and biased, and doing their jobs to win this series.
Its men's ice hockey. People get hurt and there are ways its dealt with from penalties, suspensions, and fights. We've seen them all.
What I don't get is the inuendo that Bernier and Cheechoo would lay down in a ploy to get an ejection and a suspension. Why would the top scoring forward on the team, in a sport known for toughness, not want to get back on the ice in an OT game if he weren't seriously injured since the point is to win the game and he has a big stick? (He played at 50% Friday and hurt the team playing IMO). Same thing is true of Bernier. While I see players dressing up plays to draw fouls all the time, I've NEVER heard of an NHL'er that would take themselves completely out of a playoff game by faking an injury. All I know about NHL'ers, is they are the toughest players in sport. Its common to play through broken feet, broken hands, separated shoulders, etc.
So everybody tee up your favorite villain:
Me? I can't stand Trotz who is always whining to the refs about how he is getting jobbed in getting ANY penalty - regardless of whether or not it's justified. I see him as a cross between Boris Badenov, and Danny DeVito. I can't stand Tootoo who lays an elbow into a players ribs along the boards, then flops on the ground as if someone tripped him. I can't stand Forsberg who is an Olympic diver.
But isn't that what makes a great hockey rivalry? We have to have villians, sub-plots, intrigue, and collusion for this to be great. So, here's to tough physical play with grate skaters, hits, passes, saves, and more bad-guys, and getting through this series with no more major injuries as I'd like to see the winner get to the cup.