The Bertuzzi incident and Mr. Laraque
Back in August, when Todd Bertuzzi was reinstated by the NHL and there was a backlash against the 'weak' penalty he received, I said I thought the entire incident would change hockey — and more specifically, how players conducted themselves on the ice:
And while you'll hear in the media how the NHL is back to it's old ways, has learned nothing from 'the incident,' and should aspire to 'be more like the other sports,' I don't expect in the wake of the past 17-months that players will view violent on-ice acts the same way. Call me naive.Now, in the wake of an ugly incident between the Edmonton Oilers' Georges Laraque and Los Angeles Kings' Sean Avery, the Bertuzzi incident is being brought up as something that deterred possible on-ice violence.
Laraque said he considered going after Avery on the ice after the alleged slur but, in the wake of the Todd Bertuzzi situation with Steve Moore, decided to let the NHL deal with it. Laraque talked to Oilers GM Kevin Lowe and NHL chief of operations Colin Campbell about the incident.Perhaps this really is a new NHL.