Botchford is a total ass! This is a guy who has built his reputation off the hardworking back of Roberto Luongo. 95% of his columns are about him. He has an agenda to get him out of town and drives the wedge into his articles about that.
I got blocked by Botchford on twitter for calling Luongo a stud for how he has handled the situation and Botch as a dud for being an arrogant pr....
That being said, you need a mix of emotion. Can't be 100% one way or 100%another. Gotta be balanced.
Looks shoulder to shoulder, but also it could be deemed a hit from behind. Could it be the ref's atoning for the 3rd period botched call. (Ref is right next to them by the way)
Carl Gunnarsson got stapled by Milan Lucic with the same hit Daniel Sedin threw on Tommy Wingells (Which drew a penalty) and got NO CALL.
Controversy follows Gary Bettman, David Stern, Bud Siegel and Roger Goodall around like a bad band-aid.
This is not a rant about the Vancouver Canucks ill treatment, this is just a general observation and a league wide problem.
I am disappointed in the Canucks for they're lack of how shall we put it (Effort) They have the talent but for whatever reason lacked heart when it matters. (But the Ref's also played a part in it - Cue Makaveli's videos and past playoff history)
But this is a league wide problem. The breakdown in communication and inconsistent calls with the refs in a game this season between the Canucks and Hawks in Chicago was clearly evident.
Like many have stated, we wont completely bash the ref's. They game moves fast around them. But the best refs are the ones you never hear about. The ones who stay transparent.
As long as big money & high stakes rule professional sports. I think it is OK to question the integrity of the people running the game.
Don't forget your tickets range between 100-400 a pop per person. You have the right to voice your opinion.