Last night at the Buffalo Sabres fourth preseason game, Colby Armstrong hit Paul Gaustad in the numbers, sending Gaustad into the boards head first defenseless against the unforgiving glass and dasher boards that surrounding the rink. Sitting in section 319, most were in agreement that the league would review the incident, and Mr. Armstrong would be hearing from the league. Not so much.
The league has handed down a two game suspension for Buffalo Sabres forward Brad Boyes, for his illegal hit to the head on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joe Colborne. Funny thing is, Armstrong got two minutes for his, Boyes was not penalized on the play.
This was not the only thing the league or its officials missed last night. Toronto’s first goal was kicked into the net with a distinct kicking motion.
Yes its just preseason, but you can tell there are biases still, even with the NHL undergoing a regime change when it comes to discipline. I have no doubt in my mind that Brendan Shanahan will be much more of a disciplinarian than Colin Campbell, but until the NHL has a third party arbitrator reviewing cases for suspensions, there will be a biased Shanahan is an upgrade over Campbell, but is still on the NHLs payroll.
The Buffalo Sabres continue the preseason with this evenings game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.