I never really got around to addressing the botched call by Mick McGeough and the resulting $10,000 fine for Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, but given that Andy Grabby over at the Battle of Alberta is doing a nice job of keeping the discussion going three days after the fact, here's my take...
The thing is, it's alright if the league wants to say McGeough made a mistake, he admits it and we all say that it's time to move on. But, if that's the case — and we're going to allow him to say that — then you have to treat it like a mistake during the game, reset the clock, put the faceoff where it was and give the Oilers every chance to have a legitimate shot to tie the game.
I can't think of a single reason not to do that — and it just reeks of a bush-league tactics to say "I made a mistake" but not acknowledge that tangibly with what happens on the ice. Either you make a mistake or you don't, and if you do, it's rectified in the best manner possible.
That didn't happen, and because of that, I'm glad to see the discussion of the call continue (something that has certainly happened given Prime Time Sports devoted the better part of an hour tonight to the issue, Eric Duhatschek brought it up this afternoon at Globe on Hockey, and Mr. Grabby was interviewed by the Edmonton Journal for a story in tomorrow's paper).