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Report: League unhappy with Nick Boynton's "throat slash" gesture

Sep 23, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

boynton-durno-9-22.jpgIn case you missed it in our recap of last night’s pre-season action, Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton got himself in a little bit of trouble. After delivering a highly-questionable knee-on-knee hit to Lightning forward Chris Durno, Lightning teammate Blair Jones grabbed Boynton to settle things via fisticuffs. After the fight concluded, Boynton, while being hauled to the penalty box, said some colorful things to Jones and then made an apparent throat-slashing gesture. Click here to check out the video and judge for yourself.

Doing such things is pretty much verboten in any league these days, and the NHL is apparently taking an interest in just about everything wrong that Boynton did in this situation. Sportsnet has the details.

An NHL source told that the league is not happy with Boynton’s gesture, but it is unlikely to announce supplementary discipline on Thursday.

All right so if they’re not happy with it but they’re not going to do anything about it, does that mean then that Boynton doesn’t get a snack pack with his lunch today? Perhaps that just means Colin Campbell grumbles quietly to himself, shaking his fist at the sky hoping to do more.

While the throat-slash is bad for PR, what’s bad for players is getting hit knee-on-knee the way Durno was. Perhaps punishing that action would benefit the league a bit more than getting on the case of a player shouting four-letter words and blowing his top. Well now that I put it that way… Never mind.

  1. matt - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Looked like the universal sign for “Shut it down” or “That didn’t hurt”, four fingers back and forth across the neck. I didn’t see the one thumb once across the neck, the “Your a dead man” symbol. My 2 cents.

  2. J T M - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    That was no throat-slash gesture. That looked more like he was telling someone to ‘knock it off’.

  3. David - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    I dont think so, if you read his lips as he does it he says “Your fu**ing done!”

  4. JDM - Sep 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    I can’t believe that the important thing here is being overlooked, not the gesture, or what may or may not have been said.
    What about 2 knee-on-knee’s and pre-season has just started!!!
    Brooks Orpik & Nick Boynton should be “out” with a large fine and at least a 10 game suspension, and (if necessary)not allowed to play again until the injured player can return.
    But we all know that “the league” has the wrong man running the show.
    If your looking for the right thing to be done, well don’t bet on Bettman.

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