Scott Walker Not Suspended
Scott Walker popped Aaron Ward last night (video). The punch immediately made waves. The word suckerpunch was used liberally and the city of Boston was calling for for a suspension. Today they found out the suspension was not coming. Walker was fined, and no further punishment is coming.
Few are claiming it was a clean play, but whether or not it was a flat-out suckerpunch is being debated.
Walker’s quote is an interesting one:
“I accept the league’s decision,” said Walker. “Based on what was said on the ice as I was dropping my gloves, it was my understanding that I was engaged in an altercation.”
Without taking a leap you can safely assume Walker is claiming he expected Ward ready to drop his gloves or at least defend himself. Whether or not that factored into the league’s decision is unclear.
More action from last night:
- Shawn Thornton and Tim Conboy’s “fight”, called roughing penalties
- Conboy picks up a fighting major against Mark Stuart