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#61 evilzyme

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:09 PM

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Does the NHL realize that by fining Tortorella for his comments, they basically proved his point?


rofl. pretty much.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

There are a great many insults that can be slung in Milbury's direction, but I don't think a lack of chutzpah is among them. If you doubt me, I dare you to call him spineless to his face.

So maybe you have a better word to describe him for apologizing after He blasted the Crybaby publicly?

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:32 PM

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Does the NHL realize that by fining Tortorella for his comments, they basically proved his point?


rofl. pretty much.

That's the beauty of it. Torts can afford the $20K and he just made the NHL look like the biggest bunch of hypocrits.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

That's the beauty of it. Torts can afford the $20K and he just made the NHL look like the biggest bunch of hypocrits.


Obviously their salaries are much more than the average guy, but coaches aren't paid multi-millions like some superstar. $20K is still $20K, and for what? For telling the truth? Honestly, what is the official reason? "Poor sportsmanship"?

This league is a joke. Continue to coddle them, they'll never learn...

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:20 PM

Yeah 20k sucks, but I'd feel "freaking" great if I was able to say that on national TV! "Freak" Pittsburgh.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:22 PM

I love Torts. One of the few coaches in the league that will speak his mind. Ridiculous that he got fined at all for it. I hope Pittsburgh gets killed by Philly in the 1st round.

Was watching the NHL Network late last night, and they showed a clip of Claude Giroux's take of the current events - he mentioned the mutual dislike between both clubs, and how he's looking forward to the series...Just might have to get some Flyers swag for this - it's gonna be good!

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:04 AM

I bet Torts is saying to himself, "It was worth it."

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:13 AM

What a joke.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:40 AM

I can only imagine those NA-styled inpirational speeches by Bylsma in the locker room now "It is world against us and Gary babies! So get your panties on, we gonna dive this game out!!!"
Sweet. This dude was brought here for one reason, to punch people in the head - every other thing that he can do, other Wings can do better. I like that we have a head-puncher. The league has other, better head-punchers, but this one is ours. Better than nothing. Good work, Kenny!

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:47 AM

I feel like Torts should say something again, depending on his bank account.

I mean, come on, how does Orpik not even get a hearing from the NHL? They saw what happened right? :huh:

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:14 AM

Where is shanny's vid explaining the non suspension/fine?

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:15 AM

I feel like Torts should say something again, depending on his bank account.

I mean, come on, how does Orpik not even get a hearing from the NHL? They saw what happened right? :huh:

This, more than anything, blows my mind. Its like the league conveniently used the discipline of Tortorella as a smoke-screen to distract from their leniency with Pittsburgh yet again. The league really seems concerned with player safety; I guess Cindy and Maria's feelings are a bigger concern than Stephan's knee. <_<

What is this, Orpik's third or fourth reckless knee-on-knee hit? And yet nothing. I can't recall, but in the league's eyes is he a repeat offender, or is one of these magically few players who are as dirty as the next, but lack the record of suspensions "miraculously"? Either way, this is a joke.

In the spirit of the can't-unhear-it strategy, I wish the media would bait players and coaches around the league to discuss the Penguins and Crosby/Malkin as well as the fine to Torts and, with everyone having tongue firmly in cheek about the threat of being fined, each person asked throws on a big grin and says "no comment".

Remember during the 2008 cup run, when the refs were calling phantom interference on Holmstrom left right and center, and the media in a post-game press conference tried to bait Babcock? Another coach was fined earlier those playoffs for complaints, and Babcock said a whole lot by saying as little as possible:

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:34 AM

And yet then-Penguins coach Michel Therrien went on a huge rant during the finals about all of the obstruction that the obstructing Red Wings were obstructing upon the obstructed Penguins stars, which obstructed their offense. Conveniently, no consistently there.

Same thing a year later when Malkin jumped Z, a stick flailing assault, glove-fisted fracas in the last minute or so of the game that resulted, rightfully so, with Malkin receiving the instigator, along with a one-game automatic suspension... that is until the league decided that it wasn't "in the spirit of the rule" to suspend players venting their frustrations by jumping other players in the waning minutes, even though that was the EXACT spirit of the rule, and if that had been someone like Franzen doing the same to Malkin or Crosby, we all know how that would have gone down.

This league is a joke, and continues to validate every complaint with double-standards for the anointed and knee-jerk fines for the dissenters.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:44 AM

So maybe you have a better word to describe him for apologizing after He blasted the Crybaby publicly?


He got his point across, and, if anything, his apology (at gunpoint) lent some credence to it. Had he fought it tooth and nail and ultimately refused to relent, he probably would've gotten himself axed and blackballed in the world of sports broadcasting. The Pens aren't worth that.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:07 AM

I feel like Torts should say something again, depending on his bank account.

I mean, come on, how does Orpik not even get a hearing from the NHL? They saw what happened right? :huh:

I was watching the NHL network and Shanny was on NHL live. EJ Hradek asked him about the Orpik hit, and they got into a lengthy discussion that was really interesting.

Basically at the GM meeting Shanny and the league presented three different examples of knee on knee hits increasing in severity, and also in punishment. Asking if the GMs were ok with the level of punishment or if they wanted the league to be more involved like in the way of headshots and increase suspensions. The GM's said they were ok with the way it was, basically with only the absolute most blatant and severe knee on knee getting a suspension. One of the examples was a hit like Orpik's that only got a 2 minute kneeing penalty. That's why there was no suspension.

Shanny was saying how he told the GM's "you're ok with there being no suspension for this type of hit right now in this meeting, but are you still going to be okay in April and May?" Then they thanked him for coming and said the fans appreciate it too. Shanny laughed and said sarcastically "oh yeah, I know the fans really appreciate it." He knows how much people complain about his decisions.

The whole conversation was cool to hear and made me like Shanny even more.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:58 AM

I was watching the NHL network and Shanny was on NHL live. EJ Hradek asked him about the Orpik hit, and they got into a lengthy discussion that was really interesting.

Basically at the GM meeting Shanny and the league presented three different examples of knee on knee hits increasing in severity, and also in punishment. Asking if the GMs were ok with the level of punishment or if they wanted the league to be more involved like in the way of headshots and increase suspensions. The GM's said they were ok with the way it was, basically with only the absolute most blatant and severe knee on knee getting a suspension. One of the examples was a hit like Orpik's that only got a 2 minute kneeing penalty. That's why there was no suspension.

Shanny was saying how he told the GM's "you're ok with there being no suspension for this type of hit right now in this meeting, but are you still going to be okay in April and May?" Then they thanked him for coming and said the fans appreciate it too. Shanny laughed and said sarcastically "oh yeah, I know the fans really appreciate it." He knows how much people complain about his decisions.

The whole conversation was cool to hear and made me like Shanny even more.


It does suck that someone who is more or less loved and respected by fans like Shanahan was given such an unenviable position. Someone is always going to disagree with your verdict, and its only a matter of time before you've disappointed the fans of all 30 teams at some point. I do appreciate the explanation though, being that the GM's decided where the line was drawn and held their ground. I think the process is MUCH more involved and objective than in was with Campbell, but its hard for the average fan to appreciate. Keep on keepin' on, Brendan; its the most thankless job in the league.

The fine to Tortorella does more to inflame the situation than resolve it, and coupled with the lack of suspension to Orpik, the optics are not good. To most, the results were 180 degrees from where they should be.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:34 PM

TORTS FOR COMMISH!!!

That was beautiful. Just....truly breathtaking. I'm sending that video to everyone I know who hates the Pens as much as I do.


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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

torterella said it like it is , dont even think he said anything bad enough to merit a 20 k fine .. called pens an arrogant team and said the 2 whiny ******* complain alot ... shows bettman loves the pens ...ridiculous man hope flyers knock out crosby i want his career over and done with

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:21 PM

torterella said it like it is , dont even think he said anything bad enough to merit a 20 k fine .. called pens an arrogant team and said the 2 whiny ******* complain alot ... shows bettman loves the pens ...ridiculous man hope flyers knock out crosby i want his career over and done with


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

I'm hearing Bettman cited foul language as the reason for the fine. True? False?

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