Re: Thornton Gone For 15
posted at 12/14/2013 10:03 PM EST
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
In response to shuperman's comment:
fletch, i have no issue with the length of this. The only issue i have, well there are two
a. ST is a first time offender. Large suspension for a virgin.
b. Neals play was disgustingly greasy. I think it was worse.
Please dont do the league hates the Bruins though. Its not your style. You are the voice of reason.
Well yeah, that's the issue for me shupe. Not so much the length, but the comparison to the precedent. We both played a lot of hockey, you at a higher level than me. But I bet you'd agree that you'd prefer a gloved punch to an more forceful elbow or knee to the head any day.
What Thornton did is no more dangerous than what Neal did. Less in many ways. He paid the "stretcher" penalty.
If 15 games is the precedent, than fine.
But it isn't. Thornton's punishment is disproportionate to what we have seen.
I don't think the league hates the Bruins. I don't believe in conspiracy theories. I do think the 'Bruins problem' is a real thing, on some level.
Punch me in the nose anyday over a greasy play like Neal. we both have agreed on that. If ST dropped his gloves and forced him to react or turtle he would have been fine. I dont agree with what ST did. But Neals play is very greasy and dangerous. I wish ST would have gone after Neal. I do feel bad for ST. I think he is an honest player who snapped. He has zero priors and the 15 games is a lot.
Thank god world juniors are starting soon so we can talk hockey instead of every hit and greasy play.