In case you missed it, the NHL announcedyesterday that they’ve fined Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand $5,000, the maximum allowable under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, for his cross check on Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald.
With just seconds left in the second period of Sunday’s game between the Bruins and the Flyers, Marchand gets tangled up with MacDonald and ends up sticking him in the mouth.
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Ouch… talk about hitting a man while he’s down. For what it’s worth, Marchand earned himself a two minute minor for this transgression, so it’s not like he went completely unpunished. But of course, this is the Bruins and the NHL that we’re talking about so of course they made it their mission to extract some further discipline out of the event, hence the $5,000 fine. Which, you know what? We can’t even really be too upset about. Marchand stuck a player in the mouth and he won’t miss any games. Seems about fair.
What’s ridiculous though is the insane amount of money that Marchand has been forced to forfeit up to the league during his career, either by fine or by suspension. Keep in mind that players forfeit their salary for suspended games.
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That’s… that’s a lot of money. More money that most of us will accumulate in a lifetime. Brad Marchand was forced to give up that money for essentially just being a Boston Bruin. But you know what… that’s just the cost of business for the Boston Bruins. This is a team that does things their own way… and Marchand is a prime example. You keep doing you, Marshy and we’ll love you for it.
Don Cherry rips classless “Russians” for “hot dog” goal celebrations
In case you missed it, legendary broadcaster Don Cherry was in fine form this past weekend on his Coach’s Corner segment during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
After first discussing the surging Boston Bruins and praising Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos for his toughness and leadership abilities, Cherry absolutely RIPPED the OHL’s Sault St. Marie Greyhounds for being what Grapes describes as “a bunch of hot dogs.” This is in reference to the actions of some of team’s players in their huge 8-0 opening round playoff series win over the Saginaw Spirit.
In case you missed it, Greyhounds forwards Keeghan Howdeshell and Barrett Hayden scored two incredible goals last week, making highlight reels around the hockey world.
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Now for Grapes’ take:
“The Soo this year, I watched them as much as I could and I thought they were won of the best teams”, said Cherry. “I said they could move to the American League or the National League and play… little did I know that they were a bunch of hot dogs.”
How big of hot dogs were they, Grapes?
“There’s not enough mustard in the world to cover these guys!”
That’s a pretty big hot dog! In all seriousness, we loving seeing Grapes fired up like this. Love him or hate him, I dare you to turn off the television when Grapes is calling people out. It’s pure entertainment and it’s the reason why we’ll always love Mr. Donald S. Cherry.
For the full Coach’s Corner segment, see below (skip forward to 6:30 for the portion on the Greyhounds):
We’re with you Grapes, let ‘em have it. Let the Hockey Gods forever be on your side!