Posts Tagged ‘Bob Hartley’

Top Line: Canucks-Flames line brawl raises Code questions; more links

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Coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks screams at Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley.

Canucks coach John Tortorella will sit for attempting to enter the Flames’ locker room. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Cam Cole says the 15-day suspension handed to Canucks coach John Tortorella proves the NHL only endorses on-ice mayhem, but some provocative questions were raised regarding The Code.

• It’ll now be the Sully and Gully Show for Torts-less Vancouver.

• Flames coach Bob Hartley took a $25,000 haircut for his decision to start Kevin Westgarth at center against the Canucks. Apparently, the league found that to be “provocative.”

• Lost in all the post-brawl agitation: Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin will miss his first game in nearly 10 years tonight. That’s a 679-game iron-man streak coming to an end.

• No surprise that Sidney Crosby would like to see Steven Stamkos healthy in time to skate for Canada in Sochi. What’s eye-catching about this piece is Sid’s take on why Stamkos has become so successful. Crosby’s thoughts on the snub of Martin St. Louis are interesting, too.

• After last night’s 4-2 decision in Phoenix, the Maple Leafs have run their winning streak to five games, their longest in seven years. James Mirtle explains what’s going on.

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  • Published On Jan 21, 2014
  • Top Line: Fallout from Canucks-Flames line brawl, more links

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Sabres coach Ron Rolston was fined during the preseason for his player selection after he kept enforcer John Scott out for a face-off following a goal. Steve Ewen argues that the Rolston precedent makes Flames coach Bob Hartley liable for the starting lineup he iced ahead of Saturday night’s brawl with the Canucks.

    • Hartley is maintaining his innocence, saying he had no idea that things would get out of hand just because he started his fourth line against Vancouver.

    • Calgary assistant Clint Malarchuk said he was ready to punch his old buddy John Tortorella in the face if he’d gotten to him in that hallway melee.

    • It’ll be up to Colin Campbell, not Brendan Shanahan, to mete out discipline to Tortorella today.

    • Dejan Kovacevic went the stream of consciousness route in working out his feelings after the donnybrook between the Flames and the Canucks. He’s not too happy with Gary Bettman, ESPN or Peter Gammons, among others.

    • Cover your eyes, tree huggers. Another NHL star has come out in favor of fighting, even as he recovers from an injury suffered in a bout.

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  • Published On Jan 20, 2014


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