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Rinaldo on his slew foot: “Someone had to stir the pot”

Feb 5, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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It looks like we might have to get Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo a rule book.

Rinaldo was fined $5000 for separate incidents in yesterday’s loss to the Devils including a slew foot on Devils captain Zach Parise. Rinaldo tells ESPN New York’s Katie Strang that his motivation for slew footing Parise was pretty simple.

“The slew-foot really shouldn’t be in the game but 6-nothing we were down and someone had to stir the pot,” Rinaldo said.

It used to be that you could stir the pot by face washing a player, giving them a couple whacks with your stick after the whistle, or saying something unkind about their family.

Brendan Shanahan will get some grief from Devils fans and others for not suspending Rinaldo, but he’s remained consistent when it’s come to punishing (or not punishing) slew foots this year. Just ask P.K. Subban who was fined once and escaped punishment this year for such instances.

  1. laurely515 - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    If you want to stir the pot, fine, whatever. But it shouldn’t have been up to Schenn to drop the gloves to defend him; Schenn is one of the best prospects in the NHL, Rinaldo had more suspensions than goals last year. Rinaldo, Shelley, and Sestito were all in the lineup yesterday, and Schenn was the only player to fight. That doesn’t make any sense to me.

    • whlskey - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      The fact that he fought Ilya Kovalchuk doesn’t make any sense either.. but then again it was a slew foot, and Schenn was the one who got in between Rinaldo and Kovalchuk. Although, with the amount of money Kovalchuk is bankrupting the Devils with, you’d think somebody else on their team would stand up for Parise to insure that their highest paid player doesn’t get hurt.

      • martysbetter - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        How’s Briere doing?
        If Kovys 6.6 mil cap hit is bankrupting the Devils while being on an incredible hot streak, it must really suck to have someone only making 100k less sit on the bench to rest his noggin.

      • stakex - Feb 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM


        Well we can argue all day if the money the Devils pay Kovalchuck is helping the team into a possible bankrupcy. However, the cap hit is not what they are actually paying him every year. This season he only makes $6 million, but next year hes slated to make $11 million… so hes actually going to be making nearly double what Briere is. Also, even though Kovalchuk is on an “incredible” hot streak (its really just a three game hot streak) hes still only on a point a game pace… and thats with 9 points in the last three games. Throw in a 60 point seasons last year and hes not really living up to the pile of cash the Devils are giving him.

        And finally, what does any of that have to do with Briere being hurt? It ALWAYS sucks to have a top player sitting out with an injury… no matter how much they are making. I don’t really know what that has to do with someone saying the Devils biggest money sink shouldn’t be fighting.

      • tcclark - Feb 5, 2012 at 10:44 PM


        Ummmm the difference is that the Devils are going bankrupt while the Flyers are one of the highest grossing teams in the league. Oh and Danny’s worth every penny come playoff time

  2. yettyskills - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Are you f’ing kidding me? You’re down 6-0 so you need to stir the pot, yup totally agree. So rather than pick a fight and honorably drop the gloves you turn into a lil scumbag rat and slew foot?

    Shanny should call him back and double his fine for uttering and admitting such cowardliness and stupidity.

    Yet another no name no talent non tough guy AHLer playing in a league that doesn’t want or need him.

    Peter L you’re a joke dressing Rinaldo and Shelley. The Wings constantly dominate the league going on 20 seasons without no-talent AHL’ers taking up rosters spots but you dear 2-3 a night.

    Anyone remember seeing Probert, Kocur, Wendell, Nilan slew footing players?

    Me neither

    • yettyskills - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM


    • dbick - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      not sure why youre so angry at lavvy. he has to play the players homgren gives him.

      • yettyskills - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        he does not have to dress them

      • blyutz - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        Holmgren is still living out his tough guy image from the 70’s. The game has changed. Holmgren couldn’t play one period in today’s game. But, once a Flyer, always a Flyer, I guess. Goon it up, baby.

  3. 4cupsinarow - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Garbage players play garbage games… Flyers should be embarrassed by the slew foot and even more so by this idiots comments about it.

  4. guinsrule - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Someday a player is going to fall and hit his head on the ice and get a concussion and then they’ll take slew footing serious.

  5. bcjim - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I am no fan of either team but that”slew foot” was nothing to get people this worked up about. There is virtually no way ZP would have been injured there. Slew foots are dangerous when a player is going full speed toward the boards not what some punk is trying to embarrass you.

    Reminds me of elementary school when one person would get on hands and knees behind someone and another person would push them over. Funny funny, in a puerile sort of way. Nobody got hurt then either.

    Nice punch by Kovalchuk though.

  6. mj2sexay - Feb 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Good job stirring the pot you punk. You only got your teammates face caved in because of it.

    I’m also glad to see the positive momentum from that attempt to “stir the pot” carried over today in the Garden.

  7. blyutz - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Perhaps someone can stir the pot with Rinaldo on the receiving end. If you want to change the flow of a game, be a man — drop the gloves with someone who can go. Slew-footing is for cowards.

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