Thursday's Dump & Chase: Sidelined
Links for your Thursday morning.
I started to say that that was awful news for the Hurricanes, and a high price for a win--even a 2-0 series lead--and then I saw the subhead, which says "out for remainder of Eastern 1st Round". I feel like surgery on a broken hand should get you a recovery timeline measured in larger units than "games"!
Wear and tear are catching up to the two-time champs.
I'm sure that hockey media and fans everywhere will be very even-keeled about this turn of events.
I know some people think if you're annoying both teams you're doing something right, but I'd like to advance the possibility that maybe refs should call penalties, even if it is the playoffs.
A bolder stance: refs should call penalties, especially if it is the playoffs.
Are things finally looking up for the Whale?
Eric Engels makes a fantastic point that most of the players in the QMJHL are never going to play hockey as a job--whether or not you support the risk to pro players, it's dangerous with no reward for the rest of these kids.
I'm in favor of this.
That's...probably for the best, as if they had been splitting the atom down there I'd have some concerns. For one, I'm not sure proper safety procedures would have been followed.