An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria: distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season.
The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant. A player must be deemed the aggressor when he continues throwing and landing punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself.
That my friends, is the NHL rulebook’s definition of a fight instigator. Care to see where the Mongoose fit in?
-Distance traveled: From the top of the circles down to the side of the crease where Kyle Turris, his victim, was standing.
–Gloves off first: Check.
–First punch thrown: Big check.
–Menacing attitude or posture: Does reeling off four straight hooks before your opponent knows what is going on count? If yes, then check.
It’s not hard to see why the Mongoose was taken to task by the league today for his actions at the end of last night’s game. That’s four of the seven criteria he nailed. Not to mention, Turris essentially turtled during the first couple punches and the Mongoose kept wailing away at him. I don’t know why so many of the Blackhawk faithful were shocked by the decision to suspend him but if blackhawkbob finds you, he will drive a stake in your heart. I was more upset that the Mongoose could’ve hurt himself in that scrap than anything else.
So he’s out for Wednesday’s game and someone will have to be called up from Rockford to be the 12th forward. Jack Skille is the obvious choice but he can’t come because his contract would put the ‘Hawks over the cap. So that leaves it between (I would guess) Tim Brent, Jake Dowell, Bryan Bickell, or Petri Kontiola. I don’t think Kontiola has much of a chance because the ‘Hawks are probably looking for someone more defensive to skate on the 4th line than a skilled player. Count Dowell or Bickell as the early clubhouse favorites.
–There was a pretty good Q & A with Patrick Kane on ESPN.com. Among the highlights, he can’t wait to drink legally, he was hazed as a rookie, and Alex Ovechkin is his franchise player. One of the things I found most interesting was his response to a question about all the Americans drafted in his class:
It’s great. The national program in Ann Arbor is great. I was there for three years before going to the OHL. It’s generating a lot of great young American players like Jack Johnson, Phil Kessel, Erik Johnson. I think we’re going to be really good. Although we always seem to have a really good team on paper, we never seem to do so well in these tournaments. Hopefully we can change that in 2010.
I guess someone is planning on attending the Winter Olympics. Kane would be the first ‘Hawks U.S. Olympian since Phil Housley and Tony Amonte in the ’02 games. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.
–Speaking of question and answer, if you are too shy to leave a comment or are afraid of blackhawkbob hunting you down and ravaging you in front of your family because of your beliefs about the NHL rules, you can now email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d like to do a segment called ‘Consult Your Feathers’ where you ask anything you want, be it about the Blackhawks, hockey, erotica, whatever, and we’ll answer to the best of our abilities, but we won’t be able to do it without you.
–Tim Sassone is pondering the reason for our existence…and tells of a ‘Hawks front office shake up. Al MacIsaac was promoted to senior director of hockey administration and assistant to John McDonough. His former position was director of player evaluation. That wasn’t the only ‘Hawks move of the night as they sent Corey Crawford back to Rockford. So that either means Khabibulin shouldn’t be too far from returning or they want to give Antii Niemi a closer look. I’m sure, like most things in life, it will be more clear tomorrow.