Why can't you be more like Michael?
While Eric Boulton's older brother Michael is singing about love and tenderness, the beefy Atlanta Thrashers enforcer is dishing cheap shots to the head of 21-year-old rookie defencemen.
I'm glad he apologized and all, but really, a six-game suspension isn't enough for this kind of garbage.
This case is a good example of the NHL's failure to act in the first place. Boulton had laid a similar hit on the Maple Leafs Eric Lindros in a game last week.
Both Toronto coach Pat Quinn and Lightning bench boss John Tortorella tore into both Atlanta coach Bob Hartley and Boulton.
"It's (stinking garbage)," Tortorella said. "The (stinking) guy should be playing in the (stinking) East Coast Hockey League and he takes out a (stinking) National Hockey League (player). He'll get suspended, but who (stinking) cares? Everybody wants him on the (stinking) ice anyway. It's (stinking garbage)."The thing is, if I was Tortorella, I'd be saying the exact same things. The Lightning haven't exactly been playing lights out so far this year, and when rookie defenceman Paul Ranger finally fills their hole on defence, some big goof takes him out of the play with a cheapshot to the head.
A day later, Tortorella was remorseful for his comments.
"I thought I made a mistake because I don't think a coach from another team should be criticizing a player from another team," he told the Tampa Tribune. "But that (elbow) was cheap. There was no honor in it, and that's (what) our game was built on."
Boulton should have received at least a 10-game suspension.