My Take On The Scott Walker Fine

As a Bruins fan I am utterly disappointed in the leagues ruling this afternoon to fine Scott Walker a mere $2,500 for his cheap shot on Aaron Ward late in the third period of Game 5 Sunday night. I guess though what I am more pissed off about is the blatant inconsistency in rulings on disciplinary action that Collin Campbell has dolled out this post season.


The first being Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic’s one game suspension for his reckless high stick on Maxim Lapierre late in the third period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final.

“While it is unclear whether Lucic’s glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.   

 RECKLESS being the key word. The evidence shown to the league was unclear on whether the glove or stick made contact first, but Campbell thought that Lucic acted in a reckless manner, and suspended him one game. Well personally I disagree with this 100%, but I am not going to get into that. If the league is going to hand out suspensions for what they call Reckless actions they should keep it consistent across the board.

 Look at Donald Brashear for example. Brashear was suspended for 5 games after a hit he put on New York Ranger Blair Betts in the first period of Washington’s 5-3 victory over the Rangers in Game 6.

 “Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive VP of hockey operations. “It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury.”

 Now when you break down Colin Campbell’s reasons for suspension in both incidences you get three main points, that the individual’s actions were reckless, that the targeted player was unsuspecting and that their head was involved. I don’t claim to be a brain surgeon, but how can you sit there and tell me that Scott Walker’s punch on Ward does not include all three of these points.

 Now, if you want to argue with me that these points are based on the interpretation of the incidences and not based on rules alone, that’s fine but let’s look at the NHL Rulebook.

 47.22 Fines and Suspensions – Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time (or Anytime in Overtime) – A player or goalkeeper who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five (5) minutes of regulation time or at anytime in overtime, shall automatically be suspended for one game. The Director of Hockey Operations will review every such incident and may rescind the suspension based on a number of criteria. The criteria for the review shall include, but not limited to, the score, previous incidents, etc. The length of suspension will double for each subsequent offense. This suspension shall be served in addition to any other automatic suspensions a player may incur for an accumulation of three or more instigator penalties.

When the one-game suspension is imposed, the Coach shall be fined $10,000 – a fine that will double for each subsequent incident.”

Ok, so by looking at the rule book alone there should be at least a one game suspension for Walker and a $10,000 fine to Paul Maurice. I guess Collin Campbell has his head up his ass, or is too focused on Ovie and Crosby. I mean COME ON, this is absolute bullshit.  At least tomorrow night should be interesting. The Bruins are going to be out for blood. It is going to be open season on Walker and I can’t wait.

4 Responses to “My Take On The Scott Walker Fine”

  1. 1 commissionerdangle
    May 11, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Totally agree. Hopefully this will add more fuel to Boston’s fire.

    Maurice did end up getting a $10,000 fine

  2. May 11, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    I love how Looch was suspended for “intending” to injure someone, and walker actually followed through on his intent and really did injure someone, and gets nothing.

    Hopefully this will help spark an attitude of hate toward their opponents that the B’s had in round 1, but that seems to have been missing from their game this series.

  3. 4 Coach
    May 11, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    There is no question Colin Cambell is inconsistent with handing out suspensions, and i often wonder how he still have that job. I do agree with taking a player’s history into account, but just b/c a guy isn’t known as dirty or cheap, doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a suspension.

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