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Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Posted on: March 3, 2011 5:09 pm
 

While a growing number of hockey and football players are willing their brains to research these days, it might be more interesting to get a look inside the one of Trevor Gillies.

Maybe we could find out what compels someone to do something really stupid in his first game back after being suspended for doing something really stupid.

Gillies, the New York Islanders hit man, is going to be suspended by the NHL after a hearing Friday, likely for at least five games and maybe even for the rest of the season which has 19 games remaining for New York. The drum beat for extreme punishment started on national networks not long after Gillies ran Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck face first into the glass early in the second period Wednesday night, and has grown loud enough that it is now almost a no-brainer for the NHL.

Gillies delivered what has actually become a run-of-the-mill blind side hit to the head, the kind the NHL has been desperately trying to get out of the game for a year now. But he did it on only his fourth shift back after serving a nine-game suspension for triggering a ruckus last month that allowed for unfortunate comparisons between the league and the movie Slapshot.  Apparently he doesn’t understand the concept of staying under the radar.

So the NHL is likely to make a statement with Gillies, a 32-year-old career minor leaguer, who played only 15 NHL games before being called to fill one of the voids on the Islanders injury-riddled roster this season. That’s easy. The problem is punishing someone like Gillies -- no matter how severely -- won’t do it.

Gillies is a prototype goon, the kind you thought disappeared 25 years ago. He’s has racked up few points but lots of penalty minutes skipping around the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues for the last dozen years and really has no place in the kind of game the NHL plays today. 

The Islanders know that because Gilllies has averaged just about four minutes of ice time in 33 games with New York. In other words, he’s expendable to the Islanders too.

Throwing the book at Gillies might be what he deserves, but when a star like Nashville’s Shea Weber can get away with an equally dangerous hit, or a Matt Cooke gets only four games for his latest violent act, chances are it really won’t get anyone’s attention.

 

Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

There are NO other players that would level a guy then ,while he is down on all fours trying to remember where he is grab a hold of him and start throwing punches, then taunt him from the door he after he was asked to leave the ice..

Exactly zero other guys. (OK maybe Matt Cooke might)



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

And I don't hear anyone complaining about the hit from behind that Paul Martin took from Patrick Sharp - which wasn't much different than Cooke's hit(s).
Which wasn't even called, curiously. I love all the Pens haters out there (including Wes Goldstein, yeah you, Wes) who claim the league favors the Pens. The Pens are the most penalized team in the league but apparently are the benefactors of favoritism by the refs and the league? That's a good one. And no, the Pens don't have a bunch of worthless goons out looking for trouble on a consistent basis (see the Isles).



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

To answer one of the other posts, Wes brings up Cooke because he's a creativeless hack. I mean, just read him on a daily basis; not to mention his "rankings." Anyway, the difference between Cooke and Gillies is immense. Cooke has at least an average amount of scoring and other hockey skills. And I don't hear anyone complaining about the hit from behind that Paul Martin took from Patrick Sharp - which wasn't much different than Cooke's hit(s).



Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:47 am
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Wes, really why bring up Cooke in this article. You are bias



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:36 am
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

So the first time around, Wes Goldstein doesn't say anything about the B S the Isles pulled against the Pens. Then, when Mario spoke up about the non-punishment handed out by the league (suspending two worthless goons an insignificant amount of time and a small fine), all Goldstein can do is bring up Cooke, who didn't even play in the game, and call Mario a hypocrite.

Now Wes finally sees Gillies for what he is, a worthless P O S who should have been gone for the season (after all, the guy he attacked, the Pens TOP PROSPECT, is still out with a concussion). So much for the league taking a tough stance against concussions. It's one thing to get one during normal play, it's another to have a player attack another for no reason and then repeatedly punch him as he is falling to the ice. How is that any better than what Bertuzzi did? Because it wasn't career-ending? Maybe it is. Gillies should be out of the league.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Kevbelz-

Do you realize that their are over 25 players that average more fights per game the Gillies?  Or that their are over 25 players that have more fighting majors then Gillies?  Or more boarding majors then Gillies?




Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Did you see the hit Clutterbuck put in DiBennedetto a few seconds earlier ... pretty bad as well.  Where's his league review?



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Quick, name 10 of the 30 other guys......
Thought so.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Quick, name 10 of the 30 other guys......
Thought so.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Raiders-- Let me ask you a question, what hit was more dangerous.  The hit Cooke gave to Fedor Tyutin or this hit Gillies had on Clutterbuck?  It is not even close, the Cooke hit is far more dangerous.

LIke I said in a previous post, I am not defending Gillies.  But, I am so tired of hearing this crap about Gillies.  If you want to call him a goon and say he should never play hockey again, thats fine.  But then you have to say that about atleast 30 other players in hockey.


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