Campbell issues statement on Flyers-Rangers flap; Simmonds, Avery unpunished

It was only a matter of time, that the maelstrom of reaction from all sides today, crossed with some very stern words from GLAAD, caused a lengthy response from the National Hockey League. NHL discipline czar Emeritus, Colin Campbell, issued a statement this evening regarding an  incident  during  Monday night’s preseason contest  between Rangers forward  Sean Avery (Caucasian-Canadian) and Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (African-Canadian). Allegedly,  anti-gay and  racial slurs  were exchanged  in heated  discussions between both players. Campbell’s  statement said  the league has looked into the allegations but has not  been able  to substantiate what was  said and by whom. …

On the preseason, Shanahan, and more

The Preseason The power play has the potential to be lethal, especially once Chris Pronger and his booming shot are back on the point. When Jaromir Jagr was signed, I balked at his contract, even though I expected 60-70 points from him. Now that I see the chemistry he has with Claude Giroux and how much he can help the powerplay, $3.3 million seems reasonable. I’m willing to admit that I jumped the gun, expressing concern about the penalty killing unit when players like Mike Richards and Darroll Powe left town. I don’t expect the PK to be as good …

A conflicted response to the banana-throwing incident

As far as I can tell, we have two facts in the case against Mr. Bananathrower: 1. A banana or a banana peel was thrown on the ice while Wayne Simmonds was on the shootout. 2. Wayne Simmonds is black. It’s hard to ignore the apparent connection between these two facts and come to the conclusion that this was an act of racism. Unfortunately, the person who threw the banana was not identified and escaped without any repercussions. As a result, we cannot accurately determine this person’s intent. But it seems obvious. What reason would anyone throw a banana on …

A show of hands

Who thinks Chris Pronger was guilty of infringing the “Avery rule“? OK, put your hands back down. It doesn’t really matter. This penalty is not the reason why the Flyers lost. The team played poorly. The special teams did not show up tonight and the lackadaisical play hurt them. The Flyers gave up a shorthanded goal but couldn’t score on a 5-on-3 powerplay. Nonetheless, the refs directly took a point away from the Flyers. It’s undeniable. Pronger waved his hand in the air. He may have been directing traffic or he may have been blocking Mikka Kiprusoff’s view. The truth …

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