Once our duties there were complete (and all the winery tasting rooms empty), we returned, started settling back into work, and I started looking for something to catch my eye, hockey-wise. While the prospect tourney and training camp were great, they had been done to death by other bloggers, ones with actual talent and access to the players. I considered doing a season preview of the 30 NHL teams, but again ESPN, THN, TSN, A2Y and even HSN and HGTV had taken a shot at those.
According to TSN, Mike Cammellari was suspended one (1) NHL game for chopping at the foot of the Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter. Of course after hearing about this horrific display of the disregard for human life, I rushed right over to the computer to see what the youtubers had dug up for me.
I first saw the video of Cammellari going bananas, taking runs at Nino and even slashing at his face, before slashing the back of Niederreiter's skate and being ejected for it.
I know many will disagree with me, but its my blog and I'll bitch if I want to. This looks to me like a blind side hit from Nino delivered on Cammellari, with possibly even an attempt to make contact with his head. Now, if my recollection serves me, during the whirl-wind summer that was the NHL off season, both blind side hits and head hits were made illegal (even though they already were).
Got it? No, that's a dumb answer. I can't believe you said that out loud. The correct answer is: where are the refs? In the initial incident, with Nino hitting Mike, there could have easily been a call for a blind side hit, which would have ended this incident there.
But say the ref doesn't believe it was bad enough to make the call. Well, we then fast forward to Cammellari's tantrum. First there is the crosscheck/interference along the boards. Not calling that one? Ok, how about the blatant slash to the face? Just a flesh wound you say? Alright then how about the continued harrasing with crosschecks in the middle of the ice? Boys will be boys? Then that leads us to the infamous slash to the back of tha skate which actually injures Niederreiter, hopefully not seriously.