Re: Fraser ex ref opinion ?
posted at 12/11/2013 5:34 PM EST
In response to NeelyOrrBourque's comment:
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
There are times when I think refs can control aspects of a game, and thereby prevent injuries and or unnecessary aggression. Goalie interference is usually a good example of this. If you start letting things go it is bound to get worse and when it is called inconsistently, players will exploit that area of confusion. Let it go long enough and people are crashing into the goalie right and left. Defensmen are then left to take action themselves. The refs can easily reign that in.
But, jeez, what Thornton and Neal did falls so far outside of 'bending the rules' that I don't know how you can possibly blame the refs. What cue did James Neal get from the refs that made him think driving his knee into another players head, intentionally, was going to be okay?
"Hey, you guys missed a tripping call on Chris Kelly -- don't blame me for kneeing a prone player in the head..."
It does seem like players need to have a little accountability for these things. Thornton seems to be accepting the blame just fine.
Perfectly said Fletcher! Great stuff!!
May I add though..Neal certainly didn't though...Took the Pens coach & GM to tell him to change his attitude before he did. Regardless of how any of us feel about ST...You at least have to give the guy credit for accepting his responsibility & showed a lot of remorse for it. I can't stand James Neal now for how he conducted himself. The basta...d is showing he's one of the best snipers in the game, but he's a real di..ckhead!
Yeah, kind of lost in all of this is the reaction by Thornton. I think what he did was wrong, and everyone knows how much I hammer him, but I will give him credit for standing up and taking responsibilty. The way he reacted was out of character for him but I thought he handled it after perfectly.