JOEY, he broke the neck of your teammate! I wonder what Sakic, Foote, and others would be saying if Bertuzzi had done this to Forsberg.
Of course they haven't explicitly issued their forgivness. This could just be spin control and this is an organization that plays things close to the vest. This could also be media cherrypicking quotes.
I'll believe it after Bert's first game here and after I see how Moore reacts. Which is hardly Sakic's or Blake's brief.
Is Babe Perezhogin playing somewhere? Do they honour AHL suspensions? If not, this reeks of hypocrisy!
BTW, any word on Bertuzzi's legal difficulties? The Score was reporting that he was considering taking a plea bargain.
It has nothing to do with hypocrisy, it has to do with what the IIHF can do legally. If they told Perezhogin he can't play, it would probably expose them to legal action. Legally Perezhogin can even play in the NHL if he makes the team out of camp. It's a loophole yes, but not hypocrisy. Plain and simple, the President of the AHL has no jurisdiction on anything except the AHL.