Byers suspended, Tortorella fined




        TORONTO (November 4, 2009) — The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #201 between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, November 3.

        New York Rangers forward Dane Byers has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach John Tortorella has been fined $10,000.  Byers was assessed an instigator penalty at 18:50 of the third period.  He will miss Thursday’s game at Edmonton. 

        The disciplinary action is pursuant to NHL Rule 47.22, which states “a player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five minutes of regulation time or at anytime in overtime, shall automatically be suspended for one game” … in addition, “the coach shall be fined $10,000 — a fine that will double for each subsequent incident.”

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Byers will forfeit $2,590.67.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.  The coach’s fine goes to the NHL Foundation. 

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  1. i was in the pool … it’s all in the post above.

    ilb, sorry for the delay. I would suggest a nice shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, and some grapes, to go with all this whine. We should keep some on hand, because we get all this whine after every loss.

  2. Carped – Repost.

    On Dubinsky and Cally. I know I pull for these guys to put on a show. Not that I expect miracles. But I love when they pull off a snipe move like Cally did in Switzerland. Or when Dubinsky totally owned Greene in the playoffs. You know they can do it.

    By break out, here is what I mean. You say so and so will only be a solid third liner. Yes – that is what he looks like now. But – he could be a second line player or even a first line player if things went really well. If he had a break out year. One of these guys could do it. If I had to choose I’d say it would be Dubi as a center who has played with Jagr and now Gaborik. Callahan is great also, I just think Dubinsky has additional potential and is seems like it could happen. I don’t know maybe they just need a year or two more.

  3. I don’t get how doesn’t have any of the fight in the game highlights. It’s really ridiculous!

  4. hahaha!
    What a classy coach! Suspended for game 6 of the playoffs. Fined 10 Grand!
    And don’t you all go try and defend Torty. The league did not have to fine him. They could have chose not to fine him if he did not deserve it. Clearly he deserved it.
    What a joke this Organization his. From TOP to BOTTOM.

    LETS GO DEVILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    now there is a classy organization.

  5. I think this was the first repost i wanted to do ….Hell I’ve been carped sooo much I can’t even remember. I probably look like toews right now trying to skate to the bench after mitchell (carp) hit me!

    A few thoughts for everyone…..I really wish torts would put AA between avery and cally, drury needs to move to the wing, and finally avery needs to be put on the power play. with avery creating havok in front of the goalie, drawing the ire of the pk players space will open for other rangers!

    on the rozy penalty, bad call or not, if rozy takes his man out/plants him on his butt, he does not get that penalty called on him. Same thing on one of the goals, if gilroy does not waste all his time trying to find the puck in front of hank and just plants his guy/taking the body let hank the clear or freeze the puck. Stop the frakking stick checking and puck searching and hit people (jeez do we ever need a crease clearing hard hitting physical d man or two on this roster)!!!

    Finally, dubi….I liked dubi a lot better when he didn’t have his head in his bank account. In that large (and awesome) scrum in the third he jst needed to drop his gloves and go, but he doesn’t. I couldn’t tell if it was him or rozy in the scrum til I saw the number! Regardless of salary, I expect drury to do the “subtle things” and be nondescript on the ice (how he has played his whole career), I expect dubi to be physical and play with an edge and drop the mitts at times and be noticeable on the ice with his physical play, I do not see that out of him and this team would be hella better off if dubi would play that way again, you know when he made considerably less money!

  6. by the way, in my opinion, Tortorella and Byers deserve what they got. It was soooooo obvious that, right after the empty-netter there was going to be a fight. He tapped Byers before the light went on. Byers went right after the guy. That’s the very definition of the rule.

  7. Just give me any reason to trash the RANGERS and I will. That way, you will all be angry and all of the attention will be back to me, me, me.

  8. Rob,

    He does not have to be fined. The 10,000 Fine is a base. They could do less or no fine if they wanted to. In this instance the NHL decided on the Maximum penalty.

  9. Jay – The thing is Callahan and Dubinsky were never amazing players at the junior level. My assessment is them based on what they did at each level. I’m not judging them based on what they do now since I know young players in the NHL can always improve. However they weren’t top line stars during their junior days.

    Staal Wart – Bettman doesn’t control suspensions. I don’t get why people always blame him for that. that’s all our boy Colin Campbell.

  10. yeah optimum raised our cable bill by $25 this month…so we called and threatened to cancel and get verizon instead, so they upgrade our package and reduced the monthly price by $25

  11. Classy coach. Sending a player out there after the game is already lost.
    Now that is pathetic, disgusting, and any other negative word you want to assign to the situation. If a Devils Coach did what Carp just said Torty did: It was soooooo obvious that, right after the empty-netter there was going to be a fight. He tapped Byers before the light went on. Byers went right after the guy… the Devils Coach would be FIRED…forget fined by the NHL…
    That right there sums up how much class Torts has and the entire organization for that matter.

  12. Where's Pavelich? on

    btw, Byers sticks up for guys, but he is not the guy you want going out there to start things up against even a decent middleweight.. he fights just a little better than Hollweg.. luckily, he got caught with Glass and not Hordichuk or O’Brien or Rypien…

  13. THE REAL MikeyNJ on

    Lots of Whine here today Carp

    And someone still refuses to get there shinebox, hehe

    Of course they (Torts & Byers)deserved it. But I honeslty had no problem seeing him do that.

    It’s old School Hockey, and rule be Damned, you think it even puts the tiniest bit of a dent in there wallets?

  14. Carp- yup, he sent Byers right in, and Dan knew exactly why. Hate to say it, it was the right move.They took liberties with Gaborik and got away with some. The message needed to be sent.. It’s early in the season. Torts knew about the fine and suspension, of course…

  15. THE REAL MikeyNJ on

    God and what’s that smell??

    Oh yeah, it’s the DEvils, there entire organization and there fifteenth coach in as many years.




    Giggida! (Quagmire)

  16. i think the rules that were used to fine and suspend torts and byers are just stupid and take away from the game. If a coach wants to send a message to his team or other teams at the end of a game fine. the emotional and physical game of hockey, you should be able to send an emotional/physical message at the end of the game!

  17. wicky, you can go out and fight an opponent who wants to fight. You cannot clearly instigate. Otherwise, you get a situation where some numbskull just grabs Gaborik at the end of a game and beats the Carp out of him.

  18. I really do not think byers is that good of a fighter either, i have only seen him fight a couple of times, he has not won either one. That being said, I like him in the line up!

  19. Mikey,

    Whats that Smell?? Don’t you have an NJ in your name? That is where you are from guy. And you just follow what others say I smell? How small is your brain? So since your from NJ do you smell too?

    Needless to say you were never called a leader in your life. You have been and always be a follower.

  20. Wanted to see people’s opinions on this since apparently Vinny Lecavalier might get moved before the trade deadline. Would you guys trade Dubinsky, Callahan, Higgins, and a high pick or prospect for Vinny? Ideally we’d want to move Rozsival and or Drury, but I highly doubt they’d take either of them.

    Pros of the deal: Vinny played with Torts and Prospal in Tampa and would finally give us a #1 center to play with Gaborik.

    Cons of the deal: thats a lot of money locked up between him and Gaborik, along with Drury, Redden, and Rosy.

  21. Carp,

    Its from Good Fellows. They tell the kid to go get his shine box. The kid is played my michael imperioli (spelling) AKA Christopher from the Soprano’s. Then Joe P shoots him in his foot.

  22. Where's Pavelich? on long as Byers does his job hitting, forechecking staying around the net I’m fine with him esp since he is tougher/more aggressive than most.. but when we go against teams with a major heavyweights or several tough guys, he shld pick his spots wisely… when do we play the Flyers?

  23. Or now that I think of it…it may have been from another part of the movie, but its 100% from Good Fella’s

  24. Nope, it’s the scene with Billy Batts at his welcome home from prison party.

    Michael Imperioli was in the “You’re not ok Spider” scene.

  25. Jonny D-yes. The money situation will have to be figured out, of course. But that instantly makes them a cup contender.

  26. Tommy DeVito: No more shines, Billy.

    Billy Batts: What?

    Tommy DeVito: I said, no more shines. Maybe you didn’t hear about it, you’ve been away a long time. They didn’t go up there and tell you. I don’t shine shoes anymore.

    Billy Batts: Relax, will ya? Ya flip right out, what’s got into you? I’m breaking your balls a little bit, that’s all. I’m only kidding with ya…

    Tommy DeVito: Sometimes you don’t sound like you’re kidding, you know, there’s a lotta people around…

    Billy Batts: I’m only kidding with you, we’re having a party, I just came home and I haven’t seen you in a long time and I’m breaking your balls, and you’re getting fooking fresh. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you.

    Tommy DeVito: I’m sorry too. It’s okay. No problem.

    Billy Batts: Okay, salud.

    Billy Batts: [takes a drink] Now go home and get your fookin’ shinebox.

    Tommy DeVito: Mother fookin’ mutt! You, you fooking piece of shit!

    Billy Batts: [taunting] Yeah, yeah, yeah, come on, come on, come on!

    Tommy DeVito: Motherpucking… He bought his fooking button! That fake old tough guy! You bought your fooking button!

    Tommy DeVito: You mother fook… Fook! Keep that motherfooker here, keep him here!

  27. Drury and Higgins for Lecav.


    I don’t even think a GM would do that trade if it involved just the players hockey cards.

  28. Maybe the Devils can Trade Mike Mottau and a 7th round Draft pick for Vinny L. Maybe the Lightning will pay half Vinny’s Salary too?
    Jay, Do you think the lightning will do that?

  29. Yeah, they both got what they deserved there. But that was the right move. Our team has been soft at sending messages. They never stand up for themselves. So, I’m happy with both the melee and the end to last night’s wild third.

    Local Fan,Devils classy? Like the way they pushed out Shanny and Lou forced Julien out to boost his own ego. How’d that turn out? Or the ridiculous mistreatment of Clemmensen who saved their season? Lou Lamoriello’s a great mastermind but he abuses the rules and rules the NHL with an iron fist. They let him get away with so much. Any other GM would be hanged.

  30. As I said 2000 times this year,The rangers can not,,,,and will not….become a true playoff contender until we get someone that can score on th 2nd line,,,,we have the player’s to trade without hurting the team….

  31. Dion – he already gave it up. He’s wearing the old CCM 492 helmet. he might want to wear the Messier one again though for that Flames game.

  32. Funny thing about it all was that just a short time earlier Bieska was running at everybody, and no”instigation” there.

  33. onecupin69yearsand counting on

    MMMM. Cheese and wine…Carp, let’s go to dinner and discuss the rangers.

    When they were on the winning, all was golden , now that they are losing, the peanut gallery is bellyaching .

    You gotta take the good with the bad.

    When Avery plays and they win you all want Avery.

    Avery isn’t on tort’s play list.

    Yeah, Drury, Higgins , Roz and redden for AO

  34. some one alrady prob said this but the go get you shine box line is from goodfellow. its when they see spider in the bar and spider is talking to go and telling him that he used to shine shoes when he was little and tells joe to go get his shine box. then joe kills him.

  35. according to zip’s blog, avery was on the 4th line for practice. That seems to me to be a horrible misuse of him in my opinion. He needs to be in front of the net on the PP and between AA and cally on a line!

  36. wicky, i don’t disagree … but you can’t instigate.

    Or, you know what? You live with Byers being suspended for a game. Big deal. And, as I said before, Torts and Cablevision can afford the $10G.

  37. carp

    I think I have been on good behavior lately and haven’t instigated anythi………..oh, you meant you can’t instigate at the end of games like that. Got it. And yes, cablevision might be able to afford it!

  38. Rick,

    Stay warm tonight and dont forget the $20 thimble of soup to keep you warm at the game LOL ;)

  39. A respected sports editor and Rangers follower I know saw the Byers/Torts plan and agrees with Carp….hey, they want to take the fine, fine, but this early in the season, I don’t know. Unless there’s a consistent battler (hello Domi et al.) seems weak to me. But I don’t blame Byers. He did his job, took the penalty as his coach knew he would.

    p.s. Jay and other troll, you kidding me?

  40. ilb, good point!

    FYI heads, I’m off work til Tuesday, Yay! (sorry Carp, hope you get time soon too, but call or e-mail at private account if you need me)…May pop in for Thursday and Saturday, may not….that’s the beauty of blogmama, never know when she’s lurking.

    Sally, Linda, if I’m not here, stay strong! The rest of you, be good boys!

  41. TSN reports two interesting things:1)Horcoff is out for Edmonton-shoulder ihjury.
    2)It looks like Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Grammatically Correct Leaves got vaccinated by H1N1 vaccine before it reached the general population. Doesn’t sound like much, but unless all of them are pregnant or less than 5 years of age, that is a serious breach of proper protocol and will require some investigation.

  42. I think that was a poor call by the ref. They could have easily given him a roughing penalty, or an unsportsman like conduct penalty. If you were watching the game (like i was), you’ll understand how ridiculous this is. Byers was coming to the defense of Gaborik, who i expect players to protect regardless of how long is left in the game.
    stupid rule, poor call.
    The ironic thing is that byers didn’t even get a game misconduct..

  43. oh yeah, in case i didn’t explain it right, its a poor call because there was no fight, just two players talking..

  44. Talk about your movie scenes (and btw, carp is right re: byers). Anyhoo, a non-hockey colleague has been bugging me with this all week. Name it, and googlers don’t count:
    “Maybe he was an early morning riser and he liked to pack in the morninq. And maybe he didn’t have any friends. I’m an educated man, but I’m afraid I can’t speak intelligently about the travel habits of William Santiago.”


  45. damn you and your vacations laurel! actually, hope you’re off to have a fun time!

    ilb, maybe in canada, the flames and leaves are just as important as young kids and pregnant women, so they may rate getting the vaccination. Canada possibly has different piggy flu rules than we do.

  46. Night Staal and all! See ya every now and then til Tuesday….be good boys! and LGR!!!! (seriously, gotta go, Stanley and Cup are going insane….like Byers without being tapped by Torts)…..:) Ta!

  47. gotcha ilb, looks like the Raptors got em too. and i apologize for not puttin the wink after that ilb, i was tryin to jest but forgot to emphasize that.

  48. Linda: “Tommy DeVito: Sometimes you don’t sound like you’re kidding, you know, there’s a lotta people around…” Now, go home and get your shine box! ;)

  49. i dont know, grabby loves the coat check, and i dont know if CCCP is ready to relinquish that title just yet. He IS the blog wingman doncha know ;-)

    and I gotta congratulate most of ya for ignoring you know who ! Always remember, GAME is ALWAYS ON!

  50. You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little f@#$ed up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to f@#$in’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

  51. I would rather be in the seats than in this cold, crowded, smelly pressbox and writing so many stories I can barely watch the game.

  52. rangers just got higgins. why would they trade him now?? wait at least till he scores some and builds his value up. for marchant? idk thats gotta be some good prospects in the deal cuz marchants an old turd

  53. finally… its over! Congrats to all Yankee fans out there!

    Baseball trophy looks cheap though.

    Happy for Godzilla…must feel great to win as a Yankee.

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