No matter how I say it, it's going to sound like I'm being a homer.
Trust me, I'm not.
I'm for fairness. And Colin Campbell, the NHL's discipline czar, is not being fair with the way he is handing out suspsensions.
Or, more to the point, NOT handing out suspensions.
Campbell should have suspended Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz for his violent hit to the head of the Flyers' Kimmo Timonen in Sunday's playoff game.
Not only wasn't Kunitz suspended, but as of Monday night, there was never even a hearing scheduled on the matter.
In another playoff incident, Calgary's Mike Cammalieri also should have been suspended for hitting an unsuspecting Martin Havlat of Chicago across the jaw and sending him down on a faceoff.
The Flyers' Dan Carcillo was suspended, rightfully so, for hitting Pittsburgh's Max Talbot acorss the head in Game 1 of their current playoff series.
I tried to talk to Campbell Monday and discuss the incidents. An NHL PR guy just laughed. Apparently, I'd have better luck getting Barack Obama. Colie won't talk about it, I was told.
Campbell did a CBC interview the other day and looked foolish as he tried to explain why some players are suspended and others aren't. For proof, check out this link. Flyers coach John Stevens is one of the subjects in the interview.
Campbell said Cammalieri was not suspended becaue he was not a repeat offender. By that twisted logic, he will NEVER be suspended because he will never be a repeat offender.
Campbell also said Carcillo "has a history" and that's part of the reason he was disciplined.
In other words, only the players with bad-boy reputations will be punished.
As I said, Carcillo deserved his punishment _ especially when you consdier the referee had just warned him not to do anything stupid.
But Kunitz and Cammalieri deserved punishments, too. There's no consistency in Campbell's decisions. And, because of that, he is leaving the impression that the NHL is trying to control which teams advance in the playoffs.