Yesterday Shanny suspended the Calgary Flames Leblond 5 games (4 preseason, 1 regular), and Philly's Shelley 10 games (5 preseason, 5 regular). He also made good on his promise to be totally transparent on his decision making by releasing these two explanation videos. Shelley, and Leblond.
While I like these videos and the reasons he gives that went into his final judgement, I have one small gripe.
What is the point of suspending a player for preseason games? Where is the deterrent factor here? I mean Would either of these players have played all these games anyway? I doubt it. So while the numbers look impressive, 5 and 10 games respectively, in reality it is more like a 1 and 5 game suspension. Minor issue, but still to me undermines the impact a bit. Hopefully in the regular season, Shanny continues to be consistent in these matters.
RACISM IN LONDON?
Last night during a shoot out attempt by Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, a fan threw a banana on the ice as the player attempted his shot. Who brings fruit to a hockey game? Anyway, lots of debate as to what should happen to London as a result. Should they lose their rights to hold exhibition games over the idiocy of one guy? Not sure I have an answer to this one. Seems kinda fucked up though either way.
LEAFS NEW 3rd JERSEY:
Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially unveiled their new (old) 3rd jersey to the public. It had been leaked a few weeks back when someone in Buffalo spotted one in the arena gift shop, but now it is available for all to see. The design, which is a replica of the ones worn in 1967, were worn on a panel by former captains Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler, with current Leafs Colby Armstrong, and Luke Schenn.
I have to say, even looking similar to the current sweaters, with only the logo and stripe pattern different, I like them a lot. They will be wearing them opening night vs Montreal on Oct 6th, and then 13 more times through out the season. The dates are below.
- October 6 vs. Montreal
- October 29 vs. Pittsburgh
- November 5 vs. Boston
- November 12 vs. Ottawa
- November 19 vs. Washington
- December 3 at Boston
- December 5 at New York Rangers
- December 17 vs. Vancouver
- January 7 vs. Detroit
- January 13 at Buffalo
- February 4 at Ottawa
- February 29 at Chicago
- March 24 vs. New York Rangers
- March 31 vs. Buffalo
Anyway, that is all for now. I am off to get retarded drunk while trying to avoid contracting any STD's from circus clowns. I have the next blog already planed... It is PREDICTION TIME!!!!
Until next time...