I’m pretty sure I’ll never understand the CBA.
Mair’s shenanigans cost him $2,500, which isn’t all that much when you think about it. For all that talk of him getting suspended for calling someone a “f#$king joke”, that seems like a slap on the wrist at best.
As we step away from it more and more of the story seems to come out. The Tick had it right in the comments, Mair was looking for Neil, who of course was classy in his explanation of the situation.
“I said, ‘I’ve used you as a punching bag before,'” Neil told the Ottawa Citizen on Tuesday. “That’s the only thing I said to him out there, and he didn’t like that too much.”
Of course he is free to skate to the bench after this, because we don’t believe in the code anymore, right? Listen, I hate Chris Neil as much as the next guy, but these things are going to happen when you consider it okay to have guys turtle and coaches shake their head “no” trying to draw penalties. This league has completely lost its collective balls when it comes to fighting, and that’s sad to see.
This isn’t just about Kaleta, this is a fundamental shift in the structure and philosophy of the league. The officials don’t want to see on ice violence so they give Mair and Neil misconducts for talking. Ten years ago those two are free to drop and settle the conflict right there. Instead, the officials took the situation out of their hands and hurt the game. One fight, maybe five minutes of our time, takes care of this entire thing.
Instead, the situation festers and Mair tries to solve it his own way. No, it’s not smart, but if he wasn’t castrated by the referees on the ice he wouldn’t need to settle it in a hallway. These are the situations that arise when people aren’t allowed to settle it on the ice the way it has been settled decades before, and it will only get worse.
Before the game on Monday they showed a game against Ottawa from the final year in the Aud.
How is this fight even in the same league as the crap we see night in and night out now?