Wednesday’s storylines — 1.7.08

Well if you didn’t know yet, Jarkko Ruutu is crazy.


The former Penguin decided to use the only thing he had left to work with when he got involved in a scrum with Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres: his teeth.  Peters got Ruutu with a facewash and he responded by biting Peters’ thumb hard enough he broke the skin.

The reaction around Buffalo is here and the video is here.

He was surely a pest while he was in Pittsburgh, but I never thought he’d do something like that.  You better believe he’ll be punished.  But here’s what I wonder … will he get a worse penalty than Sean Avery?

If not, you can’t bet Avery will be up in arms and I think he rightfully should be.  Whatever one says  can’t be worse than biting.  And both have had troubled pasts as far an nonsense goes within the league.  By no means am I an Avery supporter, but I think it would be an injustice to him.

In other news, some clown in Chicago thinks the NHL should do away with helmets.

“… I think the helmets kill the additional color and public appeal the game is missing. Get rid of them. Ban them. Suspend guys who want to wear them.

Are you kidding me?!  Yea, this is a great idea.  After witnessing Richard Zednik nearly die on the ice in Buffalo last year lets reduce the amount of protective equipment players wear so that fans can see their faces and hair better.

“I’m telling you, helmets have been killing the NHL for years. Yeah, I know, the league mandated helmets in the name of safety, but only after parents and youth coaches messed up…”

He goes on to say that we should allow young children to hit each other.

“If these leagues would let kids bodycheck when they are 4 or 5, kids would learn how to take a hit, how to fall, but most importantly how to keep their heads up. They would become better players sooner, do you hear me?”

Hello!  I think while kids are learning to play the game they shouldn’t have to worry about getting charged from behind.  While it might prepare them to take a hit, allowing contact at a young age could cause kids to suffer injuries at a young age that would push them away from the game.

Please, think before you write.  The city of Chicago is finally paying attention to hockey again and it’s too bad they have to hear ideas like this.

The only man that should be able to play without a helmet is Craig McTavish … is he comes out of retirement …


Finally, the KHL is in trouble.  Apparently all of those pricey contracts are catching up to them, leaving teams asking for pay cuts from certain players.

“Sources are telling Hockeycentral that Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is contemplating asking it’s players to agree to a pay cut. The difficulties are the result of falling commodity prices that have impacted the cash flow of team owners.”

I guess it was a little too good to be true … damn economy.

As a last note, the KHL teams for their All-Star game were named ‘Team Yashin’ and ‘Team Jagr.’


Chris | PPT

“Avenge 6-4-08”


2 thoughts on “Wednesday’s storylines — 1.7.08

  1. christophergates

    To say the least. He got off to a sketchy start in Ottawa but I never thought he would do something like that.

    Never should have left the Pens…

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