Friday, April 28, 2006

Saku Koivu and Bastige Refs

I second D-Lee's sentiments regarding the injury to Habs Captain Saku Koivu. Like the injury to Erik Cole, first you fret the potential loss of a young man's chances of living a normal life, second the loss of a hockey career, and third the loss of ice time.

Any ref who misses this kind of thing needs to be called to account-not be allowed to operate in business as usual mode. Things happen quick in a game as fast as hockey, but there are two refs out there for a reason. And they get paid nicely to catch infractions at whatever speed they happen. Is it too much to ask for some friggin' consistency?

I'm glad the venom isn't being directed at Justin Williams. He does play at flank speed and with a lot of emotion. He always seems to be in the middle of every scrum after a whistle, but he's no Denis Gauthier.

The show goes on tomorrow night. Captain Rod Brind 'Amour leading by example on every shift. Saku Koivu now leading in spirit only. High drama. What more could the faithful ask for?


Pat Angello said...

Totally with you as well - how can it not even get called? I would much rather see my team lose in a fair fight than win because of an injury to a key player.

Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

I totally agree as well. But the NHL has a horrendous record of never holding their referees accountable.

Whenever a worst-case scenario incident occurs (Kariya injury in 1997-98, Bryan Berard, Cole Injury this season etc) never once has a referee been reprimanded for not calling it correctly.

And there are many many more incidents but I can't think of any more right now.

I know they are trying to protect the referees but come on! They should be held accountable just like everybody else.

Nice call on Bernadotte btw, I noticed that my second post on the subject somehow never made it.

And isn't Brindy more a Borat lookalike than enything else?

CasonBlog said...

I had to go to Google on the Borat reference. Is he some kind of Gypsy porn star still stuck in the 1970's?

I slagged Bernadotte a bit, but from what I read, he made for a pretty benevolent monarch once he realized he didn't have a shot at becoming king of France.

IwoCPO said...

"farging bastages..." You continue to impress, my friend.

Officiating league wide is atrocious. Last night's wing/oiler game was a disgrace, and you know how I feel about the result.

CasonBlog said...

I wish I could match your energy level chief. Every pundit I heard/read yesterday said the Wings were "in trouble" right before the puck dropped yesterday. Now it's the Oil in the hurt locker. Things turn on a dime at playoff time.

Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

he's rich, he's jewish, he's a comedic genius. He's Sasha Cowen. (Also known as Ali G, if you know him.)

Slag him all you want, we Swedes have no attachment to him personally. He's the black sheep.

Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

let me just say that the above is a quote by Sasha Choen himself...