What a complete pinhead. What the heck was he thinking?
Man, he never would have gotten away with this in the old days. Back when I was playing, the officials' bench would have cleared, the goal judges would have come over the boards, and the whole officiating crew would have pounded the hell out of him.
Game's turned into friggin' badminton, I tell ya...
What amazes me is that a player can nearly kill another player and only get 3-5 games. But if there is a fight and you step off the bench or brush shoulders with the refs, you can get 10-20 easily.
Now don't get me wrong, those are all punishable offenses. Rightfully so. It's just that there is a huge difference in how the league protects the refs vs. the safety of its players.
And it's knowing how they can easily throw the book at a guy for touching a ref that makes what Vermette did even more crazy. Doesn't matter which way they were leaning in regards to calls. Doesn't matter if it was a tap. You just DON'T touch a ref. Period. Everybody knows that! You can say that the ref had it coming. That's fine. But you better hope it was worth it, because now one of your players is done for a while.
I'm curious to see who gets suspended longer, this or Nyquist. Keeping in mind that it's a different NHL department handing out the suspension.
I'm betting this play here, but I've been wrong before. I will say that Nyquist was much worse, on that I'm sure we can agree.
Absolutely. I think the Nyquist play was much worse, but there is a different precedent. Recently, we saw what Duncan Keith got. Depending on how you view it, it could be less or more, but that is the number I'm guessing they work around.
I expect Vermette to get 10. As frustrated as he was, and as bad as the officials were, you can't do what he did, and there are no extenuating circumstances. He gave the ref a bit of a smack, and that's that. Nyquist, based on the Duncan Keith precedent, I expect to get around 6-8. Maybe 5, based on his history, and if the NHL actually agrees that his stick hitting the glass impacted the results(I don't agree, but I'm not them), but that's about as conservative as I'd go.
As much as the DoPS has been inconsistent, and frustratingly so, the NHL needs to make sure players can't take a poke at the officials. They need to come down hard on those types of responses, so I expect Vermette's punishment to be worse. I just wish the NHL was a bit more serious about protecting their players too.
__________________ You're a curious one, aren't you?
There's just too much ambiguity on the "intent to injure" part, and the league doesn't want another mess like the Wideman incident. 20 games, while potentially justified, probably doesn't get accepted without an appeal from Vermette and the Ducks.