Suspensions and fines are in for the Pens/Isles game.
– 10 games for Goddard, for leaving the bench.
– Trevor Gillies got 9 games for the hit to the head, and subsequent punches, and probably his taunting from the tunnel too.
– Matt Martin got 4 games for starting stuff with Max Talbot.
– Islanders organizaiton fined $100k.
Glad to see the NHL didn’t waive any of Goddard’s automatic suspension like they have for his teammates in the past (cough Cup finals cough). But in a lot of those cases, the coach also gets a suspension.
The Coach(es) of the team(s) whose player(s) (including goalkeepers) left the players’ bench(es) or penalty bench(es)during an altercation shall be suspended, pending a review by the Commissioner. The Coach(es) also will be fined a maximum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
The reasoning behind the $100k fine for the Islanders organizaiton was, per Colin Campbell, “The Islanders also must bear some responsibility for their failure to control their players.”
And Dan Bylsma doesn’t, apparently.
I think what Gillies got was about right. Martin picked the fight with Talbot from behind him. It wasn’t much of a punch though — nothing close to Todd Bertuzzi. I suppose they’re suspending the principle behind it and what it sparked, and that’s fine. But how does this play in open ice gets the same suspension as Matt Cooke earlier in the week?
I’m absolutely AMAZED the Michael Haley gets out of this with nothing. Apparently, picking fights with goalies is okay after you finish a fight with another player.
Trying to be objective. Just my thoughts.
Feel free to share yours. And where do you stand on letting the players police themselves for previous cheap hits?