Saturday, March 03, 2007

Hockey Night in Toronto

The sens get the night off tonight as the Leafs host the Sabres on HNiC. The Sabres are coming off an 8-5 win over the Canadiens (hope they used up their goals for the weekend) and a 6-1 drubbing of the Leafs.

Justice for Kaberle. Three games or about 9 minutes of ice time. It definitely should have been more but at least the league acknowledged that it was a dirty hit so that should help them give out more and longer suspensions for these kinds of hits. Kaberle will be out 1-2 weeks. So the Leafs lose their most important defender in the most important time of the year. Awesome. Suspensions should be tied to how long the hurt player is out in my opinion. If a player making the league minimum knew that he might lose half his salary to a dirty play they might think twice. Colin Campbell though he handed out a suspension, seems to have missed the point:
Campbell indicated he felt the hit was late.
The hit wasn't objectionable because of its lateness but because it was a deliberate attempt to violently strike a player's head. Good to see an important NHL executive have his finger on the pulse of his league and his fans. No wonder he fits in so well with Bettman.

As for the game, Aubin gets the start in front of the hometown crowd, McCabe is surely giddy to be back in front of the ACC faithful after his boneheaded play cost the Leafs the equalizer last night, and Belak will suit up on defence I guess since I haven't seen any callups from the Marlies. I guess that means that there won't be any funny business tonight right?

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