If you don't understand "the code", just say so. The era is irrelevant.
Originally Posted by Mr_Conie
And that's ok if you don't. I do. What's he supposed to do...fight a punk goon like Scott? Jesus, the NHL even fined the coach for putting his punk goon ass out there.
Originally Posted by FishMonger
I don't think he does...because Scott was the one who went after Kessel. Kessel started defending himself and then took a couple extra whacks to make a point. And the NHL thought so little of it they didn't even suspend him for meaningful games.
If Scott breaks 'the code' for going after a star player, doesn't Kessel break 'the code' for going after a guy who's already engaged? The argument I've heard elsewhere (and to a lesser extent here) is that "he started it" which reminds me of what children say to justify their bad behavior. I just cannot buy that as an excuse.
You're right...that was funny. The internet is wonderful.
I find the proximity of this post to your other post about not making an argument based on height a bit amusing. I know they're not exactly the same, but you must admit it is kinda funny.
The NHL disagrees. They think Rolston was the moron...seeing as how they fined him for "player selection and team conduct".
Originally Posted by Dana
Yup, he got a suspension alright. The NHL decided it was so bad they're keeping him from playing all of three preseason games...and he loses no money.
I think Kessel is going to get some sort of suspension here. Had it been one swing, he might have gotten off with a fine. But he took another slash when Scott was tied up with other guys, that is a no no. So then he dropped the gloves, fought some one, picked up a stick and a 2nd time attempted to use it as a weapon with the attempted spear, again when Scott was tied up, this time with a linesman. No, that spear wasn't going to hurt, but it was the 2nd time he attempted to use it as a weapon against a player who was tied up with others and that is what most people have a problem with.
Yup. It's called making a point. And if Scott does that again Kessel should chop his knee and take him out for a few games. Goons shouldn't go after scorers without knowing there are repercussions. If Scott doesn't like getting slashed at...don't be a punk and go after high scorers.
Originally Posted by NastiMarvasti
I really don't understand this. If goons can go after high scorers without repercussions, the league is doomed to repeat the utter boredom of the 70s.
Regardless, the whole code thing doesn't hold water for me.
Like I said above...the NHL thought it was so bad they suspended him for all of 3 preseason games...and no fine. You know who DID get a fine? The Sabres coach for even putting Scott on the ice.
Originally Posted by darby
That just doesn't work. If Kessel had done that EVERY tough guy in the league would see him as fair game to do whatever they want to...because they know they could get away with it.
Use it to hold the guy off at arm's length like a fully-extended crosscheck. Or threaten to crosscheck him as you back away. Maybe skate the hell away or just duck and cover.
But at no point do you axe-chop a guy or spear him, especially after he's tied up with other players or officials.