Re: Ference- Good Cop / Bad Team Mate
posted at 2/7/2011 5:26 PM EST
In Response to Re: Ference- Good Cop / Bad Team Mate
Can’t believe I am disagreeing with dez and cowboys in the same thread. Two of my favorite posters, so maybe I’m wrong…but nonetheless… I think that Milbury and Cherry are entertainers with a good deal of knowledge of the game, but also have some very dumb and stone-aged perspectives on a lot of different issues. I recall Cherry’s idiotic rant against Lucic last year for apparently bailing on a fight with Colton Orr after being slugged squarely in the nose by one of the toughest guys in the NHL. The more intelligent question to ask would be “why on earth is the Bruins #1 LW fighting Colton Orr to begin with?” But no, Cherry and Milbury both stated a preference for Lucic to ‘hang in’ and continue to be pummeled rather than show any weakness by having the refs break it up. That’s an easy call from the press box. It would be a very stupid one from the ice. I think Milbury and Cherry come off the same way on the Ference thing – outdated, good ‘ol boy rhetoric, and desperately beholden to “the code” (which becomes more and more enigmatic everyday). First of all, I just don’t think the whole thing was a big deal. If the Bruins dressing room is having problems because of that, then they need to focus a little more on the actual hockey and instead of acting like teenage girls taking sides against each other. Work it out. Secondly Ference only stated (in a fairly gentle way) what is obvious to anyone who saw the hit. It was bad. It was blindside. The player was hurt. Ference is sharing a locker room with a couple of guys who have nearly had their career ended by bad hits – don’t make him play weasel by pretending it was a clean hit. He is showing respect to those guys by taking the issue seriously and honestly. I remember how appreciative I was of other players around the NHL, including Cooke’s teammates, who called a spade a spade with the Cooke hit. Ference was directly asked for his opinion and he gave it. In the age of publicists, political correctness, and total press conference phonies, it was refreshing to me. He and Paille need to drink a beer and move on. Cherry and Milbury ought to find an actual hockey story to talk about.
Posted by Fletcher1
As I stated before, I do believe this is a bit blown out of proportion. I also agree with most of what you said above. It shouldn't be a big deal in the dressing room.
I really don't think it was a blindside hit though. Obviously we have a problem, and the league must do something, however I don't think the punishment fits the crime. I also think Ference said more than he should have. At the time of his interview(between periods) he wouldn't have had much of an opportunity to have a hard look at the footage.
Not a huge issue, but I guess we disagree.
Moving forward, it could be argued that some "archaic code" might be the best way to get this stuff out of the league. It works pretty well in other instances. For whatever reason, players are getting seriously injured more often now, than ever, and it appears the urge to "nail" someone will have to be curbed. The game is faster, the players are stronger, and it appears to me, the game can't continue to be played the way it has been. The term "clean hit' is a moving target. Just a year ago, Cooke's was deemed that, and now Paille's isn't. Looking back just a few years ago, how many players did Stevens end with so called clean hits.
The rules are changing, but the culture has to change too. Simply put, it appears the players have to look out for each other a little more than they used to.