Quit whining Teemu

05Apr07

During last night’s fantastic Ducks/Sharks game (you can read the recap of my live Battle of California liveblog here), Ron Wilson went on a hunch and called out Teemu Selanne‘s illegal stick. Selanne, rather than just being an adult about the whole thing, decided to pull his best impersonation of The Bad Girl’s Club and pout:

Selanne said he was surprised by Wilson’s maneuver. He acknowledged the illegality but also blamed the poor ice surface.

“It might be a little wide. But there’s a reason why it’s wide. That’s because the NHL makes great ice and you need a stick this wide to receive a pass in this league,” Selanne said sarcastically.

“The ice is so bad in the NHL, you have to have that because the puck is bouncing all over,” said Selanne, who spent a season in San Jose before returning to Anaheim as a free agent two seasons ago. “I’ll bet there’s a lot of guys that do, but you have to respect the rule. I wasn’t very happy about what happened. Obviously, I didn’t expect that call. Whether it was classy or not, it was Ron Wilson’s decision. He’s not my favorite coach anymore.”

Teemu, how about just saying, “I used an illegal stick. It was a dumb move and it cost the team a power play. My fault.” You know, instead of being all passive-aggressive and whiney and blaming the ice and Ron Wilson for it? Sure, the ice is crap, but you’re the one that’s cheating. Don’t try and justify it or blame something or someone, just shut yer yap and get skating.

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9 Responses to “Quit whining Teemu”

  1. 1 Ian

    Amen. All the Ducks fans are pissed at Wilson, but this is one of those rules that you either feel is entirely justified or total BS depending on who it goes against. If you’re not going to put away your illegal sticks in the last 5 minutes of regulation, you’re taking a gamble. Don’t get pissed if your gamble fails.

  2. 2 Earl Sleek

    I’m not pissed at Wilson, it’s well within his right, but it does raise some question as to the rule itself.

    If the NHL is in search of offense, and if goal-scorers would rather use more curve on their stick, why exactly do we have this rule?

    I wouldn’t mind an NHL where a stick measurement was not a coach’s option. It never has been an exciting play.

  3. 3 Ian

    Actually, I pretty much agree with you on the larger point, Earl. I haven’t heard a really compelling rationale for the stick-curve rules that aren’t also based on the NHL’s and NHLPA’s boneheaded stance on eye/face protection. Supposedly, the more curve to the stick, the more rise you can get on a shot, the more pucks to the face.

    If they’re that concerned about face injuries, there’s one or two other matters I can think of that might reduce them….

  4. 4 Jim D.

    According to the articles (I didn’t see the game) it sounded like the problem wasn’t the curve of the blade, it was the width of the blade, which is a different issue. Wilson said it looked like he was carrying a goalie stick around.

    “If the NHL is in search of offense, and if goal-scorers would rather use more curve on their stick, why exactly do we have this rule?”

    They just increased the maximum allowable curve this season from half an inch to 3/4 of an inch, and that’s probably more than enough for 99% of the guys in the league. Here’s an interesting article analyzing the change if anyone’s interested. http://icehockey.suite101.com/article.cfm/nhl_s_new_stick_curve_rule

  5. 5 Jim D.

    Sorry…looks like the URL is too long to copy. You can just go to http://icehockey.suite101.com/ and do a search for New Curve. It’s the one from 10/20/06.

  6. 6 Earl Sleek

    They just increased the maximum allowable curve this season from half an inch to 3/4 of an inch, and that’s probably more than enough for 99% of the guys in the league.

    Yeah, I know it just changed, but we’re still seeing players toe the line, so why not just go for 100%? Why not just remove the restriction?

    I just don’t understand what the upside is.

  7. 7 Pamela

    Bottom line – he broke the rules….

    Doesn’t matter what the “coulda, shoulda, wouldas” are. Right now, the rule is what it is. He knew it, he broke it, he got caught.

    I’m not mad at Wilson. I’m disappointed in Teemu for not having the class to fess up and act like a man.

  8. 8 Earl Sleek

    Doesn’t matter what the “coulda, shoulda, wouldas” are.

    There’s no place to discuss how rules might change? I suppose that’s a point of view.

  9. 9 Pamela

    “There’s no place to discuss how rules might change?”

    There’s always a place to discuss change. ALWAYS. But I’m not talking about what COULD be, I’m talking about what IS. The blade rule might be silly and antiquidated, but right now, it’s still a rule.

    I agree with what you stated earlier in regards to increasing offensive opportunities. But for now, the rule is on the books. We (and the players) don’t have to like it. But it still needs to be followed.


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