Thursday, April 24, 2014

A good suspension and a dumb pitcher

From where I sit it looks like Stephane Quintal has passed his first test...

There's plenty of overused and abused cliches to describe the situation Quintal has been forced into. You can pick your favourite line. I'll go with 'jumping into the deep end'. In any case, he has started up where his predecessor left off. After Brendan Shannahan left NHL Head Office to join the Leafs in Toronto there was some concern about the next head of discipline. Thankfully, Quintal is already showing he studied Shannahan's methods and the League's standards and kept things rolling along. Matt Cooke's 7 game suspension is a solid number for a repeat offender. He is gone for the remainder of this series and, should the Wild advance, some of round two as well. It's a solid decision and it signals to the rest of the league that the punishment will continue to be consistent. Now, if only we could do something about the players who are consistently idiots.

And speaking of idiots...Michael Pineda deserves a special spot in the pantheon of idiots...


Congratulations! You managed to cheat twice, get caught at it twice, and the second time was more obvious than the first. Sure, he didn't get ejected in the first game, but after everyone saw what Pineda was doing you'd think he'd try to hide it better! Add to that the fact that he was doing it against the same team! After their manager called him on it in the pre-game media briefing! I believe this meme best sums up the situation:


At least that's how I see it and I sit in the cheap seats.

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