If Erik Karlsson does go back to Finland, he can show up a little late.
Playing for Jokerit in the SM-Liiga during the lockout, the Senators defenceman received a one-game suspension for throwing his stick at a referee after a 4-2 loss to TPS Turku on Dec. 8 — Karlsson’s final game for the club before a break in the schedule.
Watching the video, it was more of an easy slide than a throw.
Karlsson, who had 12 penalty minutes and an assist in the game, was standing near his blue line as the teams gathered for the post-buzzer ceremony. He bent slightly and pushed his stick gently along the ice to where the officials were standing along the boards, about 30 feet away. It had lost most, if not all of its momentum by the time it arrived at the refs feet.
Karlsson took a flight to Ottawa Sunday and intends to return to Finland if the NHL lockout remains unsettled.
In 27 games for the league-leading Helsinki team, the Norris Trophy winner has seven goals, 24 points and 24 PIMs.
Sorry for quoting a Don Brennan article. What is with EK's attitude problem? Big contract so now he can do whatever he wants? Why throw a stick at the ref...why not go over there and argue it out like a man?
So a one game suspension for giving the refs a GAME USED STICK? Lol i would figure he would be commended for this! Perhaps trying to start a new tradition in hockey similar to that of soccer players exchanging jerseys, perhaps a stick for a whistle in this case???
That's maybe one of the most passive aggressive moves I've seen a hockey player make.
What a non-story.
Now, if he smashed a ref in the face I'd be seriously concerned.
Yeah when the event first happened the story was reported like "Erik Karlsson angry after game and throws stick at ref!". I looked at the video and saw him float it across the ice and was like wtf that is much less impressive.