Chara suspended, Murray finded, NHL hypocracy remains
In the aftermath of last night's tussle-filled game against the L.A. Kings, Zdeno Chara has been suspended one game and coach Bryan Murray fined $10,000.
This, of course, is part of the new NHL rules and is because Chara was assessed an instigator penalty.
It's ironic that Murray got fined, but the Phoenix Coyotes were not a few weeks back when a similar incident occured. It was a rough game and, at the end, Shane Doan went after a player of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Colin Campbell decided not to suspend Doan nor fine their coach Wayne Gretzky.
Most defended the move, saying that because Doan is a lot more to the 'Yotes than an enforcer, you'd be hard pressed to say he was put out there by the coach to go after someone. Why does this not apply to Zdeno Chara? He's one of the top defencemen in the NHL and maybe the most valuable player on the Senators.
Now, did he go after Tim Gleason? Maybe. A few minutes earlier, Jeff Cowan of the Kings went at it with a considerably smaller Chris Kelly, so Chara giving the Kings a taste of that probably happened. But how is Murray responsible?
How can you say he put Chara on the ice with the explicit intent to fight someone to get revenge? The guy plays some of the most minutes in the league, and with Wade Redden out of the Sens line-up, is averaging almost 30 minutes a game as of late.
If it's a black and white rule that any instigator call results in this, then why did Wayne Gretzky get nothing?
Oh, wait, that's a stupid question.