The NHL and its ability to govern the game have never really been highly touted for its consistency. The league has a long string of blunders and smoking craters in their rearview mirrors as evidence to prove it. Monday night they added another one to the debris pile.
Officials in the first period of the Lightning-Maple Leafs tilt in Tampa gave Pat Maroon and Wayne Simmonds each a 10-minute misconduct…for trash talking.
Wayne Simmonds and Pat Maroon got 10 minutes each for talking junk 🗣️
Thoughts on these penalties? pic.twitter.com/bWtXNB7Lh3
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) April 4, 2022
The two seemed to be joking about the call while doing the time for their “crimes” in the penalty box.
Rule 75 of the NHL’s rule book states that the officials should have doled out minors before the misconducts, but even minors for talking trash seems ridiculous when compared to the overall importance within the game itself.
Needles to say NHL veteran Maroon was confused and disappointed by the call. He spoke about it after the game.
“This game is going the wrong way,” Maroon said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Smith. “I guess you can’t chirp each other on the bench now. I guess that is illegal. I guess it is better to watch 1980s hockey when guys are chirping each other, but I don’t know why they (referees) did that.”
The league continues to meander its way through yet another season with very little consistency in the calls they make from game to game, and the way they govern within each game. At some point fans are going to say enough is enough.
By Jon Sorensen