Nichol’s Time Off and a Broken Sugar
Alright, so after finding a way to finally upload the vids, my connection is now restored. Always works that way.
Both “fights” from last night are now available for download. Spacek vs Nichol was a fight per se, but it was certainly a highlight clip. Nichol received a nine-game suspension for his actions. I expected a few games, but that’s a bit much. I know, I know, they don’t want the Bertuzzi-Moore incident to repeat itself (nor do I), but this isn’t on par. It was an immediate reaction from Nichol to something that just happened to him.
More than that: what I am wondering is if Nichol received 9 games or 1+8? Nichol received an instigator with less than 5 minutes left in regulation. It’s an automatic one-game suspension. The rule was created to prevent players looking to go out and fight, for whatever reason, at the end of a game. However, the suspension can be lifted by Colin Campbell. Last year, when we all thought Shane Doan was picking up an instigator-related suspension, we became aware of Campbell’s power over the situation when he lifted the suspension. These were his comments:
“The key to the whole rule was that it would be automatic - no appeal by the team. But I would review every instigator in the last five minutes to see if it would pass the litmus test.
“And that would be, is this guy a two-shift guy who was out to send a message? Was it a tough guy doing his thing and leaving his calling card?
Nichol isn’t Doan, but he’s not a two-shift guy either (he averages over 12 minutes a game). He wasn’t on the ice to send a message, and it wasn’t premeditated. There was no additional fine announce for Nichol or Preds’ coach Barry Trotz, so one would think Nichol’s suspension isn’t be related to that rule, but who knows.
Why does it matter? Besides the fines that normally come along with the rule, if Nichol were to find himself in that situation again (receiving an instigator with less than five minutes left in regulation), the “automatic” part of suspension would double.
The clip was put up as a Youtube preview on the videos and is also after the jump.
Don’t forget about the Eager-Murray scrap, it was a good one.
We did Brandon Sugden signed bobble head giveaway a little while back. Alanah, formerly of VCOE, now of CandB, was one of our winners and she received Sugar in pieces. Like her, I’m just not sure if there isn’t something fitting about it, but I’d still break out the glue.