Bodee, on 11 October 2011 - 04:03 AM, said:
As I have said elsewhere. In my opinion the only acceptable time to fight/retaliate is in the heat of the moment. To wait and plan it is cynical and could lead to bigger penalties and an even bigger retaliation backlash. I think most teams will accept a retaliation in the heat of the moment but I am not sure how they or the authorities would react to a time lapse vendetta approach.
I want Bieksa and Volpatti to trust their instinct and do whats needed when they are fired up. Not some artificial "putting out of a contract" on a player who did something 20 mins earlier.
That is NOT hockey that's cynical gangsterism.
Your use of the word "cynical" aside, what bigger penalties could the league assess to Volpatti or Bieksa for fighting a player at a later date as compared to jumping the boards to fight a player (which happens to be an automatic suspension) immediately after he injures their teammate? You do realize they weren't on the ice right?
The next time these two teams meet, Methot will be wondering in the back of his mind how retribution will come. Will he have to fight or will somebody run him? With these thoughts in his mind he won't be as focused on his play and may cost his team yet another game. I'm sorry but that IS hockey, and you would know that if you have played the game. I assume you haven't because your responses are loaded with conjecture.
Anyone who is questioning the toughness of Bieksa or Volpatti need to have their brains examined. These guys will fight anyone and you can bet your ass they would have tuned up Methot if they were given the greenlight. It was the coach's decision to redlight them and they were smart enough to listen. As far as physical revenge goes, they are taking theirs cold if at all as Sedin just might tell them that since he is fine, the win is retribution enough.
It is early in the season and everything, but two points is two points. You will not see a team who came within sixty minutes from winning the Stanley Cup take any points for granted, they know what's at stake.