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Leafs’ Kessel suspended for remainder of preseason for Scott slash

Sep 24, 2013, 5:45 PM EST

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason — three games — for slashing at Buffalo’s John Scott during Sunday’s wild line brawl.

Kessel, who was jumped by Scott off the faceoff, had received a match penalty for intent to injure.

“While we acknowledge that Kessel’s initial motivation was self defense, he persists and swings his stick again, even after having escaped the immediate threat from Scott,” explained NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan.

Shanahan also notes that Kessel’s sentence included consideration of a stick-swinging incident against Philadelphia earlier in the preseason, as shown in the explanatory video:

Kessel will now miss Toronto’s game tonight against Ottawa and the Friday-Saturday back-to-backs against Detroit on Sept. 27 and 28. He will be eligible to return when the Leafs open the regular season against Montreal on Oct. 1.

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  1. dropthepuckeh - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’m sure Phil is really torn up about this – no more pre-season games. Oh well.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      Pretty much, eh? He’ll do that first slash every time as a defence if he thinks he can get away with it. Not sure it even stops him from doing the second slash and the spear following though.

      • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Enough with the spear already. There’s a huge difference between a spear and what Phil did. What Phil did was tap Scott to get his attention to tell him to go puck himself, and that’s all.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        Sure, that one did no damage, but that’s why the NHL didn’t even mention it in the suspension video. Is it something they should overlook though considering his other stick work though? It doesn’t excuse him getting so little for the second slash though, which is the point.

        On that note though, people were calling for Scott’s head for starting the fight to begin with but shouldn’t Kessel going back after Scott with the spear (and it was a spear regardless of how hard it was) be just as responsible if the fight continues when it would have otherwise wound down?

      • kaptaanamerica - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        What a load of bullshiite from shanahan. Kassian gets 5 games for accidentally hiring a guy and this guy deliberately uses his stick add a weapon multiple times and gets 3 pre season games?.what a joke.Total bush league.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:25 AM

        Kassian’s was accidental? Whatever you say, buddy. “Ooops, my stick is swinging wildly for no reason and it’s accidentally aimed right at your head”

        I’m sure Scott’s skate blades will survive that vicious attack. Hardly the life threatening attack you Leaf trolls make it out to be.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        @kaptaan: if you want to compare them you have to consider the 3 preseason games for Kassian as well so it’s 8 games versus 3. Or I guess you could go the other way and not consider the preseason games, in which case it becomes 5 games versus 0.

        @Lupy: I do believe it was accidental and that he certainly meant to do nothing more than swing around with his stick to slow Gagner from getting a jump on skating around him. That little slash behind a player to the body or legs something we see frequently enough but in Kassian’s case it had the unintended consequence of coming up and being a high stick.

        Kessel on the other hand had two separate games with slashes not only to John Scott (and not his skate blades) but also two different Flyers. Any time you have your hands together at the top of your stick and you’re swinging it at someone, there’s clear intent and just because Kessel’s not strong enough to do any damage (or was luck enough to have bad aim, as was the case in the second swing on Scott) he gets 5 less games than Kassian.

        How’s this for a comparison: Duncan Keith as a repeat offender got 1 game for intentionally high sticking Jeff Carter and causing injury. That was last year. On the other side, Mattias Ohlund got 4 games for intentionally slashing Mikko Koivu and causing injury back in 2007, well before the NHL’s new tougher suspension policy. 1 game last year versus 8 this year and 4 games in 2007 versus 3 this year. Let that sink in considering only one of those is reckless versus intentional.

  2. detroitcityy - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    what an overrated little girl

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      A two-time NHL all star who consistently puts up 30+ goals and beat cancer is neither of those things

      • billsin20xx - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        KNOW WE KNOW WHY HE WASN’T SUSPENDED FOR A REAL GAME, HE BEAT CANCER!
        really though, this is so freaking ridiculous, the NHL just legalized smaller players using their stick to defend themselves from bigger guys.
        especially if you are a little girl who waiting for his teammates to hold the guy then you smack him with your stick!

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        I’m not sure how you question a guy’s toughness when he beat testicular cancer as a kid. It has nothing to do with his suspension but definitely correlates to his toughness.

        They also suspended him so he was indeed penalized for the incident.

  3. lilroot9 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Excuse me? That is a reward. Making him play more preseason games would be better. NHL has a serious suspension problem (already known).

  4. mcguenther13 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Talk about an absolute JOKE…….kassian gets 8 games(5 regular season) for an errant stick yet Kessel doesn’t even get half for total intent to injure????

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Where are you watching hockey that slashes to the shin pads create injuries?

      One recipient broke his jaw, the other experienced nothing.

      • sabatimus - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        I’ve always believed in punishing the act, not the results. Shanahan seems to think otherwise however.

      • mcguenther13 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Which game were u watching that shin pads are on the back of the legs??? Not to mention one was accidental and the other deliberate

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        It has nothing to do with watching the game, I play it. Since you seem to be unfamiliar with player equipment, drive down to a hockey store and tell me which pair of shin guards does not have protection for the calf.

        There is no accidental on a high stick. In addition to understanding the equipment, you need to understand the rules you seem to have a problem with. You responsible for a high stick, even when unintentional. His accidental high stick broke someone’s jaw.

      • mcguenther13 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        And as a so called hockey player you should know that you have to be in control of the stick at ALL TIMES, not saying kassian shouldn’t be suspended for an accident, it’s the fact that Kessel gets a slap on the wrist for a deliberate, lumberjack action….used his stick as a weapon which is not only against all hockey etiquette, it is also illegal assault

      • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        The second one was to the back of the leg, which Ohlund got 4 games for when he did it to Mikko Koivu (which resulted in a broken femur). The NHL explanation video even says it was intent to injure.

        The injury can’t be the majority deciding factor and intent has to play a significant role in the suspension. While you can see the intent in Kessel’s swing, it’s hard to prove anything similar in Kassian’s.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Also, a player is just as responsible for a slash, even when it’s to an area with some protection (foam and fabric in the case of the calf versus plastic like on the shin). When the act is intent to injure it should only get worse when determining the suspension.

      • sabatimus - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Nice. You play it, so that means you’re infallible? Wrong. Because Kessel did at least two slashes: both to the BACK of Scott’s legs. The fact that you play hockey (if indeed that’s actually true) means that your inability to see this is all the more glaring.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        @ mcguenther13

        Thank you for repeating exactly what I said

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        @sabatimus

        I never said the slashes didn’t happen so I’m not sure where you read that from, my dispute was his claim that the calves aren’t protected when in fact they are. It did seem his second slash attempt missed but I’m counting an attempt like that as a slash with intent to injure.

        There are different levels of slashing which is why it can be called as a minor, major or a misconduct.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        Kind of like there can be different levels of high-sticking? And which level did Kassian get called for in his game versus Kessel in this one? Kassian got a double minor and Kessel got a 10 minute match penalty.

      • sabatimus - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Exactly where did I say that you said that the slashes didn’t happen? I’m obviously responding to your “shin pad” comment.

    • billsin20xx - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      How about mcSorley getting banned for life for hitting a guy tugher then him (Brashier) over the head with his stick. Nowadays he would have only been banned for pre-seasons!

      • dueman - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        You are so ridiculous it’s not even funny.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:27 AM

        McSorley hit Brasher in the side of the head. Kessel hit Scott in the skate blade. Nice comparison, moron.

  5. cbhlweb - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Should be a couple of regular season games at the very least.

  6. travishenryskid - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    What’s the point? Each time Shannahan talks he embarrasses himself more. Might as well say he has to sit out three practices.

  7. mclovinhockey - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    3 preseason games for slashing a guy, then slashing him again while he is the ground after being jumped by 2 guys, and a spear while the ref is holding the other guy back…..

    Aka, in preseason, as long as you don’t leave the bench during a fight, you could step on a guys face and pee in his wounds without missing a game that counts

    • imleftcoast - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Depends on the team you play for. I’d expect Ron Rolston and John Scott to get taken to the shed to complete the classic Shanny.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      His second slash missed

      • dueman - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        It doesn’t matter what you say on this subject hockeyflow, everybody is going to shoot you down. Kessel plays for the Leafs, and to 95% of the people responding to you, that is the bigger crime. You can make as much sense in the world and it simply isn’t going to matter one bit. It’s totally hilarious that people are trying to compare Kessel’s slash to Kassian’s, and even McSorley’s! It just goes to show how much they hate the Leafs (which actually makes me laugh). In reality, most of these people are just pissed off that Scott didn’t actually get a hold of Kessel and pound him, just because he is Toronto’s star player. If you take all the Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, and Boston fans off of this thread, there would be very few who didn’t agree with you. Only for a Toronto player, would a couple slashes on a shin pad, make him the villain, while John Scott commits one of the ugliest acts of goonery, in trying to jump a teams star player. Now go ahead haters and thumb away!

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        I don’t think it has to do anything with where you’re from, I’m from Boston. The problem is 99% of the people commenting on here have no clue what they’re talking about. Look at how people throw out intent to injure and have no idea how it’s assessed or what the consequences are.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Are you talking about when the NHL ‘threw out’ intent to injure in the suspension video? They clearly labelled it as that (and it was fairly obvious he was swinging intentionally to make an impact anyway) so why is it an issue to have people saying it?

  8. mclovinhockey - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Granted that post did make it sound a lot worse than it was haha

  9. sjtorpitt - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Mcguenther,
    He slashed him in his padded skate, maybe if Kessel had slashed his face he would have got a longer suspension.

    • mcguenther13 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Last time I checked, the back of the ankles don’t have much padding…..ankles can be broken from going into the boards wrong, two handed lumberjack slashes can be even worse(twice) and spearing after the melee is over and the ref has Scott tied up and held back

      • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        There was no spear. A tap with your stick is not a spear. Get over yourself.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      @sjtorpitt: it’s time to step up from those hard shell Micron’s you’ve been wearing and look at an actual hockey skate. They are hard leather/synthetic material and quite stiff, but there isn’t padding there that would protect from someone two-handing you with their stick. It doesn’t help for shots, why would it help for slashes?

  10. hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Just once I would like to see a suspension where everyone doesn’t b itch and moan about it.

    Remember how excited everyone was when Shanahan took the job?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      I don’t remember too many ppl jumping for joy when Shanahan got the job.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        Really? So many people were so happy to get rid of Collin Campbell. I remember a lot of people saying “Shanahan can’t be worse than Campbell”… man were those people wrong.

  11. billsin20xx - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Once again it proves that if you are a star – very lenient – not a ‘name’ – expect the worse.

    what a joke the NHL is!!

    • valoisvipers - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Would it be good for season ticket holders and hockey fans in general if the league were to suspend star players for long periods of time? Star players don’t normally get involved in the goon tactics, it’s the third and forth liners that do the dirty deeds. It’s part of their role on the team and fans won’t miss them when they are out on a lengthy suspension.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Sort of like it’s good for those same fans that players are out with injuries after illegal hits, slashes and high sticks? How about when Daniel Sedin was intentionally elbowed in the head away from the puck by Duncan Keith? I guess the NHL must have figured they had to worry more about the Chicago fans than they did about the Vancouver ones?

      • valoisvipers - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        Please don’t cherry pick examples I did say ” Star players don’t normally get involved in the goon tactics”

  12. sabatimus - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    That’s ok, the league is just setting up Kessel to get launched into the boards the next time the Sabres face the Leafs.

    • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Ya, okay lol

      • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        I don’t think he was kidding.

      • sabatimus - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        I sure wasn’t kidding. I’m not saying what the league is doing is intentional; I’m just saying that players over the years have found plenty of ways of exacting retribution for poor or useless punishments.

  13. westinpat - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    J.J. Abrams should consider Kessel for a role in the new Star Wars movie(s).

    • elvispocomo - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Nope, Kessel’s already got a try out as a designated hitter for the Blue Jays.

  14. hy3rid28 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    “acknowledge that Kessel’s initial motivation was self defense”… WHAT!!! I can’t believe he said that. this ain’t the wild wild west, you can’t use your stick as “self defense”, that’s an obvious intent to injure. and as a flyers fan I’m neutral on this

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      And the NHL agreed with you which is why Kessel was suspended.

      • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        No, he was given a little slap on the wrist. Suspensions costs $. He got away with nothing.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        He wasn’t suspended?

        Sounds like you want a fine, not a suspension

      • blackhawksdynasty - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Hockeyflow – bullwinkle was just pointing out that preseason suspensions don’t cost the player any money. No fine + no regular season suspension = a few extra days of rest (and thus, no significant punishment) Hence the “slap on the wrist”

    • joey4id - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Ok. If swinging his stick is an intent to injure, then what do you call it when a 6 foot 8, 270 lb goon going after a 6 foot, 202 lb star player? The first swing was reacting to a potential head bashing concussing fight. His additional stick work was too over the top because the threat had been neutralized.

      • mcguenther13 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Watch the video again, all Scott did was drop his gloves and grab Kessel, never took a swing….it’s called intimidation

      • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        @mcguenther13 – Sure, you see that everyday in the NHL! Moron

      • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        What do you call a 6′ 5″ goon (Devane) going after a 6′ Tropp? Same thing except Tropp didn’t run away and swing back with his stick. He stood up and took his lumps.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        You should learn the definition of intent to injure.

  15. pxland - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Seems appropriate. I’d also bet that we see no retribution on Kessel by any Sabre player the next time they meet. Scott will have to answer the bell though.

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Perhaps not, but Ott and Kaleta will be there to answer the bell as well.

      • pxland - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        The humor in that is that the Sabres will be so bad all three of those half-assed “enforcers” will be starters. Enjoy that.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      I don’t think John Scott will have a problem “answering the bell”. He’s a pure beast of a fighter. Unfortunately that’s all he has going for him. Although from interviews I’ve heard, he seems to actually be a cool guy.

  16. kgun80 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    What a joke… They fined Rolston for leaving Scott on the ice?
    Kessel slashes a player twice.. And jabs him, he gets suspended for the preseason. The only saving grace is I don’t think the Sabres will be contending this year so I’m sure they won’t be to adverse to taking some bad penalties. Sabres Leafs may end up looking like the good old Rob Ray Tie Domi days.

  17. sillysporty - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I hope Kissel blows his f ing knees out then his mother can dab his eyes for his boo boo

    • pxland - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      We are in the presence of greatness.

    • dirtyback - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      You’re just mad because your dad and brother are the same person.

    • sabatimus - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Who’s Kissel?

    • dueman - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Idiot

  18. grumpyoleman - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Why even bother with a suspension if it doesn’t include real games. Goon it up folks while you can the season starts soon

  19. mclovinhockey - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    After reading some comments I feel some guys think if a guy like Chara tries to fight you it’s okay to be dirty…

    So if a guy smaller than me fights me I should have to watch out cause he can use sticks, skates and anything else he can find as a weapon??

    Even if you write the first one off as self defence, the 2nd slash to a player on his back/stomach, and a spear in no way is protecting himself.

    Should have gotten at least a regular season game.

    • dueman - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      In your next comment will Kessel have slashed him in the face? Maybe you’ll give him a gun next? If you are going to continuously change the facts, then you might as well go all the way!

    • amityvillefun - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      Yup.

      If this had been Chara slashing a Canadien player in Montreal, they probably would have charged him with “assault with a deadly weapon.” The 9-1-1 switchboard would have been flooded with calls.

      But…. NHL gave Phil a slap on the wrist. He deserved more for sure.

      Methinks that Kessel made himself a very bad, bad enemy. Keep your head up out there Phil.

      Every time Kessel plays Buffalo, in the back of his mind he is going to be hearing the “Jaws” theme…

      • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        If Chara two-hands you the way Kessel did to Scott it is assault – regardless of what size player on what team. He’s the biggest player in the league, and that’d hurt no matter what equipment you have on.

  20. barkar942 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Sean didn’t get suspended for slashing twice.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      I’m not sure of your point. He should have been.

      • barkar942 - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        My point is Kessel was at least trying to defend himself from someone twice his size that shouldn’t have been targeting him. Sean Avery was just running his mouth and Komaserik dared speak back and Avery slashed him and felled him on the second shot. My point is that he should have been suspended for something far worse than what Kessel did. Kessel should have been fined and that is it.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        For the first swing, yes. For the second swing and the spear afterwards that nearly got it started all over again, that was anger. That was intent to injure and revenge.

        I agree Avery should have been suspended, but disagree that Kessel shouldn’t have been.

  21. billsin20xx - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    So is this the new standard, you can use your stick against a bigger opponent, just not a smaller one, as long as you don’t hit him in the mouth?
    Doesn’t this set a precedent?

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      I know you people in Buffalo are really slow but he was suspended, what don’t you understand about that?

      • janoon2013 - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        @ hockeyflow33…you show no respect on this post! Insulting people because you disagree is infantile and moronic! You don’t prove a point with your lack of respect! The point is Kessel swung his stick at a player who pushed him, at best! There were no punches thrown by Scott. It seems some people think Scott degraded the game, but all he did was tell Kessel he was looking for a fight, they pushed off each other, and Kessel got relief from his teammates. What Kessel did was degrading to all hockey players. And it appears Kessel can fight, when he finds smaller prey. It was stupid to swing the stick. It was stupid to leave the bench. Scott knows what damage he can do. That is why he threw no punches at Kessel. And for all you uninformed bloggers, Scott tried to engage Devane before all this. But Devane declined and started whacking Tropp with his stick, and Tropp obliged him with a fight. The dirty play by Devane to elbow Tropp onto the ice, causing a concussion was what got the Sabres upset! And, for your information, I don’t hate the Leafs. I don’t like comments with no basis in reality!

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        If insulting people is so bad why did you do it?

      • janoon2013 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Where was the insult? And clearly you know what they are!

  22. jpat2424 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Im a hawks fan. Shanahan is a joke.

  23. sillysporty - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Kessel is Kissel d bag

    • dueman - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Are you 12?

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

        IQ and/or age.

      • dueman - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        I’m guessing both.

  24. grumpyoleman - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Do they have to wear patches with their weight on them now so you know if you can use your stick as a weapon

    • blackhawksdynasty - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Shanahan wanted to do just that, but Gary Buttman said the league can’t afford it.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Shanahan wanted to do just that, but Bettman said the league can’t afford those patches.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Double post…. *sigh*
        Damn “smart” phones

      • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Seems like a PEBCAK error to me: problem exists between chair and keyboard. Any computer is only as smart as the people operating them. ;)

  25. beergold - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I think the Phil Kessel is likely the nicest guy playing hockey in the NHL today. He is obviously shy and unassuming and wishes to be left alone to skate up and down and score goals. So leave him alone nasty people!

  26. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    A slap on the wrist is all Kessel deserved.

    I think it’s funny everyone BUT John Scott has been punished. Kessel 3 preseason games, Clarkson 10 games, even Rolston was fined, but the guy who started it all? Nothing.

    Way to crack down on true instigators of the brawls, NHL!

    • j22j - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:26 AM

      Cheers LNP….couldn’t agree with you more.

    • billsin20xx - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Oh you are so right, if everyone just wacked anybody they don;t like with a two hander then everything in the world would be right. A matter of fact, we should ban guns and let everybody carry a hockey stick. A few lumber jack swings and we could clean up the world.
      Of course maybe if Kessel hadn’t soiled himself when Scott dropped his gloves maybe things would be different!!
      He’s a cowardly little boy playing a mans game!

      • dueman - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        The point is, that if Scott didn’t do such an idiotic thing, then none of the rest of the stuff would have happened. That is why Rolston got fined.

        It’s real easy for such a tough guy on a computer to act like a little boy and call Kessel a coward for swinging his stick at near 7 foot tall Scott (even though he did drop his gloves and dummy your boy Flynn), but if you were in Kessel’s skates at the time, you actually WOULD have shat yourself. You should at least try acting a little bit mature, because the tough guy act on the internet is quite childish.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        I wish you drama queen leaf haters would have actually watched the game you think you know what happened. Kessel was defending himself from a guy a foot taller and 100 lbs bigger. The first ‘slash’ was on Scott’s skate blade (if you get injured from that, you’re a soft, pathetic wuss) The 2nd ‘slash’ didn’t even connect (if you get injured from that, you’re an even bigger wuss than before) the last ‘spear’ was hardly even a tap. People make it sound like Kessel impaled the guy.

        It’s so obvious most of the people calling for Kessel’s head on this are Leaf haters. People trying to equate what Kessel did with what McSorely did are jokes. Nothing even remotely similar.

        Fact remains, the guy who STARTED the brawl got NOTHING. No suspension, no fine, nothing. The league wants to crack down on this sort of thing, but refuses to punish the people who start it. Scott’s coach got in more trouble than Scott did. It’s pathetic.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      What are you going to punish John Scott for, threatening to grab Kessel and then doing only that? He didn’t throw a punch or take Kessel to the ice and considering his size he could have easily done any of those if that was his intent.

      Until you can find a rule worthy of suspension from that or the melee that ensued afterwards, you might want to remember that fighting is still ok in the league’s eyes (beyond the penalty for it).

  27. hieronymous27 - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Kessel got off light. A hockey stick is not to be used as a weapon. P.K. should have also have been suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming NHL season.

  28. nflfan4now - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    hockeyflow – Boston here too – what you don’t seem to be getting is that NO ONE (but you) believes being ‘forced’ to sit out 3 exhibition games is a suspension, it’s a blessing! And it doesn’t cost him any money either. He got absolutely no punishment. And yes, he slashed him where he PROBABLY wouldnt get hurt, but he did take 2 handed slashes at him while he was being held by two other players – that is an extreme act of cowardice. Plus he did spear him, although it was a half hearted one it was a spear.
    He acted like a coward with his slashing (not fighting was ok with me), blatantly took some lumberjack swings and the league is winking at it saying that Scott was so big that it’s OK.
    WRONG WRONG WRONG message to put out. Now if Chara gets someone mad the league is saying it’s OK to take a two hander to him, as he is too big for anything else!

    • billsin20xx - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      That says it all! The league has not given their tacit approval to use a stick as an equalizer if you aren’t big enough (or brave enough) to do it the correct way.

  29. michiganhockey11 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    So Shanny will slap him on the wrist for preseason games for a complete ‘intent to injure’ slash. And no discipline for Kessel coming back and spearing Scott after the fact? Shoot, that’s borderline enough for a match penalty by itself.

  30. valoisvipers - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Had Kessel slashed Scott twice while they were skating down the ice and then went into the corner and he pokes Scott in the gut with his stick, would we be talking about this today? Over reaction by all involved!

    • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      If he slashed him like that? Yes.

      • valoisvipers - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

        Good grief Elvis you make it sound like the Chico or was it Wayne Macky’s stick swinging with Ted Green. You see guys get their wrists and hands whacked way worse every game than what Kessel did and they don’t always get called for 2 minutes never mind suspensions.Reality check here, Kessel may have hit a shin pad, hit either ice or skate blade with the second and then the jab in the gut at the end.No big deal, things got dicey and weird because of the fight that happened just prior.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Slashes happen all the time, sure, but not by someone holding the stick with both hands at the top. Generally it’s with their hands spread apart, and not with an intent to injury/out of anger like Kessel’s was. You’re welcome to your opinion, but you asked a question and I answered it.

  31. ndrick731 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    He did the same thing last week to Braden Schenn last week. So please always you leaf apologists stop making it sound like this is a one time offense. He also did it last year and if my memory is correct it was a game against Boston.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      The only video I can find is for Luke Schenn, and it’s the first clip from the suspension video. I’d be interested to see more if he did slash Braydon as well.

  32. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I’m glad Kessel got nothing more than a slap on the wrist. It’s all he deserved… and it’s bringing EVERY Leaf hater out of hiding… Always nice to know who can and cannot carry a conversation about hockey. No better divider than people who can and can’t speak about things objectively.

    So obvious how few people commenting actually watched the game in question.
    If you think Kessel started it, you’re clueless about what happened. If you think what Kessel did was worse than what Kassian did, you’re a moron and probably a Canuck fan. If you think what Kessel did was the same as what McSorley did, you make the Kassian morons look smart. If you’re acting like Kessel is out there hunting ankles to slash, you need to swallow your Leaf-hating bile and get a life.

    Still funny that everyone but the guy who started the brawl was punished. Scott got NOTHING for this. His bush league level coach got more punishment than Scott did. League thinks they’re cracking down on this sort of thing by punishing everyone but the guy who started it… that oughta work.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Again, you go find the rule and precedent that warrants Scott getting anything beyond the penalties he took in the game for what he did – which was threatening Kessel and then grabbing him. He didn’t throw a punch or actually hurt Kessel in any way.

      Kessel on the other hand does have precedent for this with his stick work the previous week and the past suspensions for two-handed slashes (Ohlund has been mentioned, but Hall last year as well). Intentionally slashing someone versus accidentally high-sticking them is worse in my books, it’s just unfortunate for Kassian that the injury Gagner suffered was worse than any damage from Kessel’s slashes.

  33. janoon2013 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    The point is Kessel swung his stick at a player who pushed him, at best! There were no punches thrown by Scott. It seems some people think Scott degraded the game, but all he did was tell Kessel he was looking for a fight, they pushed off each other, and Kessel got relief from his teammates. What Kessel did was degrading to all hockey players. And it appears Kessel can fight, when he finds smaller prey. It was stupid to swing the stick. It was stupid to leave the bench. Scott knows what damage he can do. That is why he threw no punches at Kessel. And for all you uninformed bloggers, Scott tried to engage Devane before all this. But Devane declined and started whacking Tropp with his stick, and Tropp obliged him with a fight. The dirty play by Devane to elbow Tropp onto the ice, causing a concussion was what got the Sabres upset! And, for your information, I don’t hate the Leafs. I don’t like comments with no basis in reality!

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