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|Canucks, Rypien rip up Oilers
Brad Ziemer notes the significant change in the team’s playing, with a 5-2 win against Edmonton Oilers, as Rick Rypien was brought up from the Manitoba Moose.
“It was the kind of performance coach Alain Vigneault wanted from his team, which had been embarrassed 8-2 on home ice Wednesday night by the Philadelphia Flyers,” Ziemer said.
“Rypien certainly helped provide the spark Vancouver was looking for when he was summoned from the Manitoba Moose. He played on what was a very effective fourth line with Alex Burrows and Jeff Cowan.”
“Rypien gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead midway through the first with just his second NHL goal and early in the second sprung Burrows free for a short-handed breakaway goal.”
“I thought he was good on the ice, he showed speed, good reading skills and obviously scored a goal and did a good job for us penalty-killing,” Vigneault said. “That’s what he is, an energy guy and certainly if he plays the way he can, he has a spot on our team.”
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|Kesler attack nets 25 games
The awaited result of Kesler’s hit is finally in and Brad Ziemer is here to give you the scoop.
Ziemer said, “the NHL handed Boulerice a 25-game suspension for the cowardly blow that occurred midway through the third period of Wednesday night’s 8-2 Canuck loss to the Flyers.”
“That suspension matches the longest one for an on-ice incident ever handed out by the NHL. Last season, New York Islanders forward Chris Simon received 25 games for his two-handed slash to the face of New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg.”
“Boulerice’s suspension is also five more games than Philadelphia forward Steve Downie received for his hit on Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond in the pre-season. On Friday morning, Kesler said he thought Boulerice deserved a longer suspension than Downie.”
“He was man enough to call me and apologize,” Kesler said. “You have to give it to him for that. Some guys in this league probably wouldn’t have even called, so I accepted his apology.”
|NHL may need to take drastic measures
Scott Morrison argues that the NHL needs to put their foot down on the violence surrounding the league.
Morrison said, “It can be argued, and rightly so, that the number of heinous acts has decreased over the years, in large part because chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell has proved tougher and tougher with his suspensions. But they still keep happening and, of late, at an alarming frequency. Now, in hockey as in real life, there are no absolute deterrents when it comes to punishment. As has often been mentioned, there are death penalties and life sentences in the real world, but people keep committing murders.”
Although lifetime suspensions from the NHL aren’t going to happen anytime soon, Morrison does suggest taking another step.
“Perhaps, though, an interim step is best. It might be as simple as taking the suspension threshold to 40 games, or more. And by extending the blame and the punishment to not just the player, but also to the coach and the team,” Morrison said.
“It can be argued that a coach has more control over a player on the bench, than he does a player on the ice. Fair enough. But perhaps upping the ante and those affected by acts of stupidity might serve as a greater deterrent. Maybe a player who doesn't have respect for his opponent will at least be moved by the chance of a loss of employment, or the overriding guilt of inflicting direct pain on his team. Respect and two-month sabbaticals, obviously, aren't enough.”