We take a break from the guest bloggers today, because, supposedly, the NHL owners and players are ready to talk again. Gee, maybe they’ll make progress toward avoiding a lockout. And then maybe I’ll make four holes-in-one in a row and hit the lottery twice.
Also, today, the NHL will hold a standard of rule enforcement meeting in Toronto.
Um, maybe we can sum up some of the enforcement discussion right here.
If one of Steve Yzerman’s players leaves the bench to join an on-ice altercation, he doesn’t even get a minor penalty. If somebody says something bad about Sidney Crosby, it’s a $30,000 fine. If Chris Neil does anything he wants to anybody, it’s not a penalty. If any player takes a shot at another player’s head, the league will jump through hoops to find a way to not discipline him … unless that player taking the shot is Carl Hagelin.
But don’t you dare shoot the puck over the glass, dammit.