Thursday, September 27, 2007

From the 'make sense of this' dept.

Wild defenseman Sean Hill is not permitted to play in the preseason as part of his 20-game regular-season suspension (19 left) for testing positive for steroids.

However, the NHL has permitted Islanders forward Chris Simon to play despite having five games left on his 25-game suspension for swinging his stick at Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg's head in March.

Asked why Simon can play and Hill cannot, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an e-mail to the Star Tribune, "Terms of suspensions are case specific. Sean Hill's does not allow him to play."
And then Daly climbed in a clown car and drove around in circles while Gary Glitter played in the background.
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13 Comments:

At 11:54 AM, September 27, 2007, Blogger Shane Giroux said...

"And then Daly climbed in a clown car and drove around in circles while Gary Glitter played in the background."

Thanks. Now I have to clean coffee out of my keyboard. ;)

 
At 11:55 AM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Well, when you spend all your time designing new jerseys that no body wanted little details like not allowing players to play while suspended sometimes get overlooked.

Rumour is, since Downie committed his crime during an pre-season game, his suspension will only apply to pre-season games and he will be allowed to play in the regular season, especially in games against Ottawa.

 
At 12:34 PM, September 27, 2007, Blogger Blitzen said...

Aww James. I wish you hadn't pointed this out. Just as I was having some faint hope of the league actually getting it's act together - you give me this. All hope is now dashed. (panic, chaos and disorder - their work here is done!!)

 
At 12:50 PM, September 27, 2007, Blogger trbrown said...

Not going to lie, your quip at the end had me laughing out loud during my lecture.

 
At 1:07 PM, September 27, 2007, Blogger Pokecheck said...

Could the team possibly be fined for playing a guy who is under suspension?

 
At 1:10 PM, September 27, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Not when the league is saying he was allowed to play.

 
At 1:42 PM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

James, yes the league is at fault here, but what about the two coaches who allowed Simon and Hollweg to dress for the game.

This is a preseason game, both coaches had rosters of over 30 players, so why the need to dress Simon and Hollweg for the game ?

Surely, they should have known that "scores would be settled" during the game

One theory I have heard is that they wanted to get the "score settling" out of the way in the preseason, so that it wouldn't become an issue later in the season when Simon returned from his suspension.

In any event, I believe both coaches are as much to blame as the league.

 
At 3:15 PM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Anshu said...

I honestly have serious concerns about the actual competence of the people in leadership positions with the NHL. Being a long-time hockey guy, former player, whatever doesn't matter if you lack the organizational and basic business sense to properly run the league.

That the league's suspension policy is basically "I sat down, thought about it and came up with this random result" is a symptom of a serious, and potentially disastrous, problem.

 
At 4:19 PM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

That the league's suspension policy is basically "I sat down, thought about it and came up with this random result" is a symptom of a serious, and potentially disastrous, problem.

Actually, I think Colin Campbell spins his "Wheel of Justice" to choose a penalty...but I see exactly what you mean. Each situation is different and it might not be possible to have an airtight one-to-one correspondence of infraction to penalty, but the ranges could be better. When it wouldn't be much of a surprise if a penalty is 20 games or 2 games for a particular offense, arbitrary-ness is out of control.

 
At 5:08 PM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous claire said...

A "Wheel of Justice" is too complicated for Campbell or Bettman to use. I think they're consulting a Magic 8 Ball from 1972 and the liquid is cloudy.

 
At 6:07 PM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess they're cracking down on the "drug" policy, while totally overlooking the blatant attempt to injure...

 
At 8:55 PM, September 27, 2007, Blogger d-lee said...

The other day I wrote a tiny piece, asking why Simon was allowed to play. I didn't know that Hill wasn't allowed to.
Now I am even more disgusted.

 
At 2:27 AM, September 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good Christ. I keep wanting to like the NHL, I really do. This makes it that much harder to take it with any seriousness whatsoever.

*sigh* Oh well, there's always the WCHA. Go Badgers!

 

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