Dose of Reality #25January 14, 2007
Dose of Reality
I don’t normally get into pissing contests with officials, but Rob Martell and Brad Meier really need to explain themselves better. To wave off a goal by Alexander Picard because of “incidental contact” from Picard was absolutely wrong. And to give them the benefit of the doubt, if they meant Geoff Platt was the alleged “incidental contactor”, they are still wrong. I watch game after game where Tomas Holmstrom decides to bypass the incidental part and goes right to the contact stuff. But when he does this, the NHL officials just laugh it off and say he is merely trying to gain position, which is his right.
That was a bad call last night. If Picard/Platt made contact, then give him a penalty. If it was incidental contact, then show me the standards used to define this despicable act and make sure it is called in all games against all teams and all players. The NHL should use the video of last night’s incidental contact and go to all the teams to show them what will be called each and every time they do such bad things. However, the NHL will probably say that it was just Columbus versus Nashville, after all, and the better team won, so forget it and go about your business. The goal was taken away from a nobody named Picard, the guy hasn’t even put one away in parts of two seasons, it wasn’t a big star like Nash or Fedorov, nobody is going lose out during contract negotiations. Anyway, that blowhard Doug MacLean isn’t going to do anything about it because he lost all of his goodwill in Columbus and he has to keep a low profile.
I do know that the NHL officials carry computers with them and they have an on-line conference the next day, schedule permitting. Video replay is used for both instructional purposes and performance evaluation. So when they meet and discuss this one, what will they say? “Mr. Martell, you need to re-consider your assessment of ‘incidental contact’”? Or, “Mr. Meier, next time your partner decides to make a call like that, you should speak up and suggest that he ask for video review to get his head out of his ass.”
I thought that Jeff Rimer and Danny Gare were calm and professional with their description of the issue, not using emotional language and keeping their voices down. Danny quietly read the explanation from the NHL and accepted it. You could easily tell that they were warned by the NHL to shut up and call the game or they would be fined. Good job guys, but maybe you should have spoken up last night and forced the NHL to explain itself. That would have been interesting.
– Truth Serum