Since Colin Campbell has been appointed in his current duties in charge of discipline, his decisions have made many people left scratching their head at some of the verdicts rendered. Let’s just say that if Vegas had odds on the decisions he could, would or should be making, those odds would be a million to one!
During game four of the series between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center, Andrew Ference, after scoring a goal, flipped the bird to the fans in attendance. Big deal, some will say… or is it?
Let’s go back to October 11, 2010 in this same season. During a game between the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers, James Wisniewski (with the Islanders then) made a gesture towards none other than the king of stupidity himself, Sean Avery. Instead of describing it, have a look for yourself:
This gesture by Wisniewski, done to another player, cost him and the Islanders a two game suspension and cost him just under $80,000 in salary, while some claim that according to the CBA, he should have received a maximum fine of $2,500.
But that’s not all. Remember the Nick Boynton throat slashing gesture towards Blair Jones during a pre-season game between the Blackhawks and the Lightning about a month earlier?
Campbell gave Boynton a one game suspension for his taunt.
One has to wonder where Colin Campbell will judge Ference’s gesture rank in comparison… or will the fact that he’s on the Bruins, his son’s team, have an impact on the decision? After all, this gesture was directed at the ones paying to be there, not at another player.
En français: La LNH devrait pointer le doigt à Ference