Love this article. I didn't quote the full article.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell(notes) doesn’t like how the NHL has handled hits to the head, saying discipline was warranted for the shot that cut his season short.
“I am disappointed in the league, disappointed in Colin Campbell,” Mitchell said Thursday of the NHL vice president who handles the league’s discipline. “As we’ve seen (he’s) been very inconsistent with how he’s handled himself in those situations.”
The Canucks were eliminated from the Western Conference semifinal in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this week and were cleaning out their lockers Thursday.
Mitchell was speaking to the media for the first time since he suffered a concussion in a Jan. 16 game after a hit by Evgeni Malkin(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins send him head first into the boards.
He suggested Campbell has been reluctant to suspend some players because of his relationship with the NHL’s general managers and owners.
“I think the league needs to, along with our players’ union, take a look at how they run the discipline in the league,” Mitchell said. “Colin Campbell had a lot of relationships with general managers and ownership and stuff like that. It’s very tough to hand down decisions on matters like this when you are friends with people.
“It’s something the league and players need to look at, to have an outside party handle the discipline in the league (so) it’s consistent. As we’ve seen it hasn’t been very consistent.”
Neither Campbell nor NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly immediately returned e-mail messages Thursday.
Yeah who's supposed to be checking him? If it's supposed to be Alfie then I'm actually shocked.
Supposed to be Spezza and/or Fisher. Spezza is lazy and still thinks the best way to defend Crosby is by not moving his feet, and after a red hot start to the season, Fisher's game has imploded after not making Team Canada and getting engaged to Carrie Underwood. No more motivation I guess
good thread... thought I was the only one wondering how the Sens even made it into the playoffs let alone finish as the five seed they are GOD awful...
Congrats to the Wings for making it back all the way to the 5th seed in the conference. It seemed improbable to some given the way the season went early in the season, with the insane number of injuries, regularly blowing big leads, regularly losing to bad teams, and regularly making the other team's goalie look like a Vezina candidate.
There were some who questioned if Babcock was distracted by Team Canada or had lost the team; others wondered why Lids wasn't being more vocal; some wondered if Hank lost all motivation after getting his big contract and hot wife, and some were believing rumors that Mrs Datsyuk was homesick and hence affecting his play.
Through all the trials and bumps of this season, the leaders on this team stuck to their guns. They aren't the chest thumpers and yellers, if they had done that they would probably have lost the team.
it was impossible for the team to play at that high level with all the crazy injuries. What happened was that the team learned they had to play a new way, with a rededication to defense, particularly to the penalty kill. I'd like to give Lids a lot of credit for this, because he has been an absolute rock at the back end for us. It was hard for Hank and Dats to get points, but they back checked hard every night. New guys like Miller, Eaves and Helm inspired the team with their tenacious penalty kill. What was a weakness last season has now become a strength for this team.
I know I titled this "wings leaders appreciation", but as a rookie, Jimmy Howard did lead this team with his play in goal, and gave this team the belief that all we needed to do was to stay in contention for a playoff spot until we got our big guns back. Coming into this season, I wasn't sure what to expect out of Howard. And who can forget how he came to Hanks rescue and gave Crosby a welcome to Detroit facewash?
So, I'd just like to give my appreciation to the Wings leadership: Babcock, Lids, Hank, Dats and Drapes, who are the obvious leaders. I know Drapes didn't get a ton of ice team, but it's my belief that the young guys like Helm and Eaves learned a lot from him. I'd also like to give a shoutout to the other leaders on the team like Jimmy, and our leaders on the penalty kill like Helm, Eaves and Miller.