I love Don Cherry, but sometimes he doesn't make sense. During tonight's Coach's Corner (as seen below), he was talking about the suspension of Patrick Roy's son, Jonathan, and then segued into suspensions for guys like Chris Simon and the non-suspension for Torrey Mitchell. He argued that the "victims" of some incidents missed 0 games.
Am I wrong to think that Cherry firmly believes in "eye for an eye" and nothing else? Just because Ryan Hollweg was not injured when he on the opposite end of Simon's stick swing, the former Islander tough guy should not be punished? If the NHL is to suspend players based on whether or not an opposing player was injured, then the amount of incidents will be on the rise with no worry of repercussions. The league should not suspend a player based on an injury, but based on the act.
NEWS AND NOTES
Things are looking good for the Oilers in terms of them getting a new rink. A committee has determined a rink downtown would be "feasible and desireable" for the city of Edmonton. The arena is expected to cost around $450 million.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella will coach the US at the World Championships in May. The 2004 Stanley Cup winning coach was an assistant in 2005 at the tournament in Austria.
Montreal announced that defenseman Mike Komisarek will miss 3 weeks with a lower-body injury. It's unsure how much of the playoffs the West Islip, NY native will miss. Coach Guy Carbonneau has said Komisarek will be evaluated after the second week and the team will decide at that point when the hard-hitting blue liner will return.
Almost six months after open-heart surgery, Teppo Numminen continued his comeback this week skating with his teammates this week. He had originally joined the team in January, but doctor's told him he wouldn't be able to play until at least March to allow his sternum to heal. Numminen is also in the middle of a grievance case after the Sabres suspended the veteran defenseman without pay earlier this season.
AROUND THE BLOG WORLD
Greg Wyshynski of NHL FanHouse tells us about the possibility of ESPN and the NHL not becoming BFF's anytime soon.
Like goalie masks? Then be sure to check out the NHL Tournament of Logos. Chris over there is holding a tournament where you can vote on the best current NHL goalie mask. Along with user-created jersey concepts, you can easily get lost over there for hours.
I wasn't the best at math, so thankfully the crew over at Puck That Hit knows their stuff. They break down the numbers and compare quality shots against crappy shots and which teams benefit more.
Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey discusses the races in both conference for the final playoff spots.
A message to team owners regarding bloggers from Eric McErlain of The Sporting News
LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE!
Jose Theodore completely robbed Dustin Penner on Friday night.
Kyle Okposo's first NHL goal.
Here's the trailer for Mike Myers upcoming movie, "The Love Guru".
Coach's Corner from last night's Hockey Night in Canada.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joe Thornton kept the Sharks' winning ways alive with 5 goals and an assist this week, helping San Jose clinch the Pacific Division title in the process.
UPCOMING GAME OF INTEREST
Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild, Thursday, April 3, 8:00pm EST
The battle for the Northwest Division comes to a head as both teams are vying for the third seed in the Western Conference. With the final week of the regular season upon us, now is the time to get on a roll as you head into the playoffs. There is also a good chance both teams could find each other in the first-round.
GRATUITOUS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RELATED AWESOMENESS
Michel Briere's first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin.
Next Sunday is the final day of the NHL regular season and also the final "Puttin' on the Foil". It'll return next October when the 2008-09 season begins.