When a stomp's not a stomp
Chris Pronger of the Anaheim Ducks won't face disciplinary action from the NHL after allegedly stomping on the calf of Ryan Kesler in Wednesday night's game versus the Vancouver Canucks.Here's Tom Benjamin on this one: "The league has always averted eyes whenever possible when a great player is involved. Great players are never painted as villains on the ice."
"He stomped on me," Kesler told reporters after the game. "He got me on the calf."
Chris Simon doesn't apply.
UPDATE The Islanders' VP of media relations, Chris Botta, has weighed in on his blog:
I'm going to step out just a bit here and share something that Chris [Simon] said to me a few times. In all honesty, when he volunteered his thoughts I was torn between being sympathetic and concerned that Chris had lost his way. Basically, Chris felt that on judgment day he was treated differently than other players. I never let the conversation get to the subject of why.What other conclusion you can draw here?