Re: How is there no Kessel vs. John Scott thread yet?!
posted at 9/23/2013 12:41 PM EDT
Somewhere along the line, we got sold this line about goons "policing" the game. What a crock. Goons are goons. They're there to intimidate, not police. Don't run your mouth, don't run around on the ice, or we unleash the goon. Somewhere along the line, it became a sideshow of goon vs. goon because there was suddenly a goon code that said you couldn't touch a greasy little so and so if he was a skilled player. Suddenly you have the rise of the "instigator" - by definition, a player who does cheap stickwork and runs his mouth to get things started, but who isn't the one who has to finish what he starts. Theoren Fleury should have been tuned up six times a month for all of the crap he started, but there was always someone on the Flames or Avs who "had his back." Now, that's not Kessel, but if he ran his mouth at Scott and then made a move that sure looked like he was jabbing at Scott, and Scott got the flippers off.... Well, that's the old role of the goon. And in some measure, if there are going to be goons, this shouldn't change. What did it benefit the Bruins that Cooke fought Thornton? The PP hasn't been the same since that hit, and we're more than three seasons later. Think the Penguins have Cooke on the roster if, after that hit on Savard, Thornton had knocked out Crosby in a fight?
Linseman used to interpose the stick, not swing it wildly. As in, if you want to come for me, I'm going to make you eat this. But he didn't swing wildly.
Spear or the flat of the blade - what is Kessel doing to going back at Scott? I understand him getting out of the way of the beating, and the first swing doesn't even look like it connected so it's bad optics but the second one is, as red says, pure cowardice - the action of someone afraid for his life who suddenly has an option to take out the threat with no consequences to himself. If he did that vs. any other player, I'd send my good out against him....
Are you not entertained?!?!