Wednesday, January 7, 2009

And you thought Chris Simon was cool...

Just when I thought I'd seen all the stick-swinging, elbow-flying, Todd Bertuzzi cheapshots in hockey, I've now seen another one to add to the collection of "what the hell was he thinking?" manuevers pulled off in an NHL game.

Jarko Ruutu pulled his best Mike Tyson impersonation on Andrew Peters in an altercation the other night, biting his right hand while the two were tangled up in front of the team benches. Don't believe me? Here you go:

Not too sure how I feel about this or what the length of the suspension should be. If Sean Avery gets 6 games for running his mouth then Ruutu should get at least a dozen for using his to injure another player. This will be an interesting one to watch unfold, as was the Avery situation. Somehow Colin Campbell will manage to botch it as he usually does. And as I write this I have learned that Ruutu has recieved a two game suspension for his actions. There is something so impressively wrong with that that I can't even begin to describe it. He deserved eight at minimum. There's something in "The Code" of fighting that says you can't bite somebody. Just my two cents, of course, but two games? Please.

Other notes from around the league include the Chicago Blackhawks smoking the Phoenix Coyotes again on Tuesday night. In the last two meetings between the teams the Hawks have won by a combined 12 goals with 7-1 and 6-0 victories. The Hawks also got three points out of Jonathan Toews (2 G, A) in the victory. Toews will be a starter on the Western Conference All-Star team next month.

The NHL has announced the reserves on the Western half of the All-Star game for next month. Not really any complaints from me here. Great to see Mike Modano getting one more crack at things, though he'll probably be back next season.

Mats Sundin returns to action tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. That should be something else. The Canucks could use the win in the standings as well, so look for a big effort from Sundin in his return half-way through the season.


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