OK, I wanted to mull it for a little bit before I chimed in about the suspensions the Central Hockey League has doled out from Saturday's fight-filled 5-4 Komets victory over Wichita.
Click here to review the suspensions and fines.
Frankly, the league blew it with regards to Marty Magers and his three-game punishment.
First of all, technically, the guy left the bench to fight. I suppose one could argue that's not the case because for all we knew, with 2.3 seconds remaining, Magers was going back into the game. (As if a coach would send the goalie back to the net in such a circumstance with a one-goal deficit.)
However, take a really good look at what Magers does to the linesman: Go to the 26-second mark of this video.
That didn't deserve eight games?
Now, granted, this is from the International Hockey League, but look at the 1:00 mark of this video. Brad MacMillan got 15 games -- that's right, 15 games -- for leaving the penalty box and tossing a linesman, far less intentionally than Magers did Saturday.
What kind of precedent did the CHL set with this punishment? Not a good one.
The Komets, however, got off a little easy. I think Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock deserved at least a fine for his actions -- look at the 34-second mark of this video -- but Nick Boucher was the only Fort Wayne player who got any punishment.
- The Komets have some tough roster decisions on the horizon, with the impending returns of Leo Thomas and Brandon Warner from injuries, and the arrival of Jon Mirasty. Look for them to have to cut at least one player, barring more injuries, to make room.
- Even though the trade deadline has passed, the Komets are looking at players coming back from Europe. The deadline to sign those guys is next Monday.