He punches people in the face and Holland, Nill and Devellano all hate those type of guys. Those type of players are "outside their comfort zone" as Holland said when they reluctantly brought in Toots.
I have a feeling Babcock doesn't agree with them, from reading his quotes about tough guys and what guys like Downey or McCarty brought to the team.
The only thing I see possible is because tootoo came at polak hard but missed him and crashed the boards and polak was crying about it? but tootoo never even hit him...
I said this in the GDT, but this happened a lot in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Remember when towards the end of games, tough guys were being thrown out for jawing with other players or pushing and shoving? It's like proactive officiating. The refs were instructed by the league to throw tough guys out of games late, so that nothing would eventually escalate. The league was probably upset by the bad publicity the first round received last year.
This makes guys like Tootoo, and certainly enforcers, completely obsolete when they're not even allowed to do their jobs. It's like creating a new set of rules that don't already exist.
10 minute misconduct for being a tough guy and potentially starting a later altercation. Nice one NHL.
By the way, if no one recalls last year when we lost 7-1 to the caps, after starting the season strong. I'm sure a few people freaked out then too
And thankfully, our season ended wonderfully last year.
I'm not sure how to reconcile this, and how both of these guys were playing in Europe earlier this month (and for months prior). Both of the Euro Twins should have been more than ready to go. Whats the deal? Negative locker room vibes? Contagious lazy attitudes from other teammates?
They were playing in non-physical Euro leagues. They forgot what it's like to play against NHL forechecking.
Tootoo got a Bettman penalty. Bettman knows why we signed Tootoo, so he told the refs anytime Tootoo tries to get physical, put him in the box. Cannot have the Wings at the top of the league anymore.
I am of course joking, I think the Wings are doing a pretty good job of that on their own tonight...
No, this has been happening for a while now.
I remember last year in the playoffs when every series in the first round had those scrums and cheapshots, tough guys were getting tossed out of games for any kind of scrum in the 3rd period of a noncompetitive game.
Regardless of whether they did something egregious or not. A guy would push and shove, and get a misconduct. Screw this sissy league.