Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog has Trent Hunter's comments on the hit by Mike Mottau against Frans Nielsen while the beatwriter had some very strong criticism for Colin Campbell where among several things felt his actions undermined the precedent he was attempting to set when he suspended Thomas Pock.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
One of the rare times Mr Logan has come to the defense of the club during his tenure as beatwriter. He is correct here that when a player goes for the head/neck area and it results in an injury it should be considered the same thing while Trent Hunter also made a good point that sometimes in a game it's tough to control where your hands go as play moves quickly.
Having written that if there is a grey area in the rules here with what is considered head vs neck vs upper body it's up to the league to fix it and display some common-sense thinking in the decision making process which is the continual knock against Colin Campbell he deserves.
One player went out of his way to go high on another player and as a result he is now out eight-twelve weeks as a result which should have been a factor in this decision.
I wondered last night if Sean Bergenheim had that on his mind just before the Sabres second goal because he seemed to have a player in his sights for a similar hit and just let him go but that's a total guess on my part.
It sure has been quiet around Scott Gordon on this subject, considering he sent a fax after Pock's suspension I would like to know what he thinks of this?
As for as the Islander team officials, complaining to the media solves nothing. This has to be handled behind the scenes and anyone who thinks otherwise has gotten far too used to Mike Milbury way of doing things here.
Newark Star-Ledger: Rich Chere has comments from Devils head coach Brent Sutter Sunday on the suspension and felt it was a neck shot and different while he was critical of Trent Hunter receiving a ten minute misconduct for sticking up for his own teammate. The Devil coach also comments that players have to settle things themselves on the ice but that shots to the head must be condemned.
AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers defeated Philadelphia 4-2 Sunday at Harbor Yard.
Yann Danis allowed two goals on twenty four shots in his second day of work before a possible recall and start against the Canadians.
Mike Sillinger returned with a vengeance.
1. BRI Joensuu, (8) (Sillinger, Comeau), 2:06
1. BRI Comeau, (3) (Fraser, Sillinger), 5:43
2. BRI Kohn, (2) (Walter, Bentivoglio), 11:59
3. BRI Walter, (3) (Sillinger, Comeau), 7:31 (PP)
Blake Comeau was named first star, Sillinger third star with three shots.
Islanders Website: Has a full report on Mike Sillinger's Bridgeport debut.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in his Sound Tigers blog reported Sillinger wore Tim Jackman's number and was an assistant captain in his game coverage.