Sorry, Bertuzzi, but you deserve to play hockey again about as much as Michael Jackson deserves foster children. As much as OJ Simpson deserves to be a spokesman for a cutlery company. As much as Paris Hilton deserves to be, well, Paris Hilton.
The cheapest shot in sports history, with the second worst outcome (Darryl Stingly’s hit was legal unfortunately), essentially has become a whopping 13-game suspension. I don’t buy this crap that it was “total suspension of approximately 17 months” according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Every player has been suspended for the last 16 months, and Bertuzzi deserves a harsher sentence.
How is Steve Moore doing anyway? Is he skating? Is he able to play hockey? Will he ever be able to play again? Does this weak-ass punishment for Bertuzzi equal justice served?
Son of a bitch, this might as well be major league baseball! Steroid use only means 10 days in baseball; practically killing a guy only means a month in hockey.
I’m sickened, and hockey is giving me another bad taste. Bettman deprived the fans of a full season, and seemed to be on the right path with Bertuzzi. However, today’s announcement makes me feel like this horrendous act never really happened. It makes me feel like players can do anything they want on the ice, and the NHL won’t really do much about it.
The rumor was Bertuzzi would serve another 20 games this year, which ALMOST seemed fair to me. Now that he’s off the hook, I’ve lost faith in the system. Suspending him until Moore can play again is unreasonable, but not by much.
I was excited about the return of hockey, and I had the new NHL shield as wallpaper on my computer. But now, I’m just nauseous! I’ve changed my wallpaper, and I’ve suddenly lost interest in all the free-agent signings and announcements.
Bettman wooed me back a few weeks ago. I was on cloud nine, defending the sport to anyone that complained about the NHL’s year off and the loss of the likes of Forsberg and Foote because of the new hard salary cap. But with just 6 weeks before the preseason games begin, I wonder if I will be excited about hockey ever again.