Don't know if it's been mentioned, but on the NHL hour today, a caller asked Bettman about why the consequences in regards to the octopus.
Bettman says, and I quote, "with the octopus, there is a slime factor." To paraphrase, the slime gets on players skates, clothing and could be a safety issue.
Ahhhhhh booooooo. Stupid octopus slime!
When the f*** was the last time a player got hurt skating over octopus slime, Gary? I've seen players spit and shoot snot bullets on the ice many, many, many times. Are you going to ban players from spitting and snot-shooting, Betty? Such bulls*** from him.
If I were in Detroit I'd help lob af****** whale on the ice. Even better, lob an Ingrid Newkirk.
#1: f*** PETA. If throwing a dead cat on the ice would help the Wings win the Stanley Cup, I'll try to throw as many of them on the ice as I can, and I know many of my fellow Wings fans would do the same. PETA is nothing more than a bunch off****** attention whores masquerading as an animal rights group.
#2: Love the article from Kuklas Korner! Epic LOLs there.
Good, maybe this will make the league take players' health more seriously. Chara should have gotten a game, at least, for shoving Pacioretty, whether to get away from him or to put his head into the stantion. It was stupid, careless and could have had fatal consequences. The league doesn't really give a s*** about headshots, what with piddly suspensions of 4 or fewer games. Just absolutely stupid of the league and someone will probably die before they finally wake up and take this s*** seriously.
This is the same as the Bertuzzi/Moore incident. Sure, Bert and Chara didn't mean to break their opponents' necks, but Bert got crucified for it by damn near everyone (as he should), but Chara gets nothing from non-Canadiens fans? Hypocracy. Both are the result of stupid, mindless decisions and both had the victims badly injured.
To simply take the blame off of Chara because of "poor rink design" is silly. ALL PLAYER know that there's that barrier between the benches, they pass by it damn near a hundred times a game. If Chara had simply hit Pacioretty but the force of the hit caused Pacioretty to hit that stantion, then I wouldn't have as big of a problem as I do now, but since Chara PUSHED Pacioretty (for whatever reason), the poor guy has a severe concussion and a broken vertebrae in his neck. Remember, if Chara hadn't pushed Pacioretty, the Canadien player would have had a sore hip at worse.
It's disgusting how the NHL handled it. Bettman and his cronies need to go before the league can rise from "laughing stock" to "semi-legitimate" in the NA sporting world.
Between not suspending Demers for punching an official (accidentally or not, you don't do that when officials jump in) and not suspending Chara for his stupid, dangerous hit (again, accidentally or not), I've lost a lot of respect for the NHL's disciplinary "procedures", and I didn't have a lot of it to begin with. Chara's hit wouldn't be that bad if he didn't push Pacioretty and I wouldn't have a problem with just an interference penalty. There should have been at least a 1 game suspension for both incidents and maybe not more than 3. You f*** up, you should pay. Accidental or not, both those players should sit at least a game to punish their stupidity.
Bettman and his cronies need to go before the NHL goes from Laughing Stock of the professional sports in NA to somewhat legitimate. Disgusting.
There are actually accelerometers that are small enough to fit inside someone's ear, so it wouldn't be too hard to turn it into a hearing aid (to allow the player to hear around him, obviously) to measure the g-forces to the brain, as that's the closest to the brain that you can get without doing surgery. You can fit them to a player that has had a concussion and have it calibrated to alert the trainer if the player has received a preset number of gs, something like 100gs (as that's the threshold of a concussion). If the player's accelerometers registers gs above 100, then the trainer would be notified and would examine the player for any signs and symptoms of a concussion and could have him sit for a shift or for the rest of the game (especially if the gs were really high).
These accelerometers might be too expensive for a team to equip all of the players with, but it would work if a team has a player (or players) that has had concussions in the past, so their value to the players would far outweigh their costs, especially as some players command money in the high millions.
Fun fact: These accelerometers were developed for IndyCar racing in the US in the 90s in conjunction with Wayne State University to better determine whether a driver suffered a concussion after a crash (which, when you're going at 210+ most of the time, they're going to be big crashes).
It is too bad for his development. Sitting in the press box is not going to help his progress.
Overall I think he's been ok for a rookie.
Most important part of the sentenced bolded. He's a rookie, he's going to suck at times. He was pretty decent when he first came up, he's just in a bad funk (along with most of the team lately). If he still sucks ass with the team a few years from now, then there might be an issue. But right now the kid needs some slack. He's not terrible, he's been serviceable for the team, and that's all we can ask for our young ones.