It’s time for Jeopardy!!
the category is...
YOUR ASS OR A HOLE
IN THE GROUND
Just how questionably run is the NHL? What comes first the cart or the horse the chicken or the egg? Depends on who you ask and when.
~Set up your team for the draft and get an idea what trades you may want to make, what free agents you may want to try and sign, which of your own players to re-sign or let go all with no solid answer to what the Salary Cap will actually be until after. Ask the question and get the "around "X" amount", we’ll let you know after you decide what you want to do and hope it fits the budget.
This isn’t calculus where you have your final number and then fill in the rest later.
~Sell 30% of a team to a guy about to go bankrupt, one who uses none of his own money to buy the team, have him get the money loaned to him from another owner in the league, which is bad, but the rest of the money from the guy that he is buying the team from. That is sketchy at best.
~ Don’t let a guy buy a team who desperately wants one, who has money, is not in the process of filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Even if he does want to move the team, the guy with no money was going to do the same, just to somewhere that was more in-line with the backward thinking commissioners thinking. Again Shady.
~ The Leafs hire the buddy of a GM under contract with another team (Anahiem Ducks) to coach in Ron Wilson. Then hire the player personnel director from the Ducks Al Coates. Now this may not be tampering, perhaps only tompering. It is only 1 letter off but legally it makes all the difference in the world. Whether it is above board or not and despite any spin that goes with it, optically it just looks bad. This isn’t the CFL where anything goes.
~The board of governors approved changing the icing rule from the traditional touch icing to "No hitting icing"--"Any contact between opposing players while pursuing the puck on an icing must be for the sole purpose of playing the puck and not for eliminating the opponent from playing the puck," the league said in a statement. "Unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player."
"We think that will go a long way to reducing the likelihood of any possible injuries," Bettman said According to the AP.
So basically they are just creating a very gray area, one open for interpretation. This coming from a league that says you can’t punish intent because you can’t prove intent ...see hits to the head, hitting from behind and stick infractions.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg but goes to show how backward this league can be and why it has been passed by MMA, Arena Football and Womans Softball