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Sure, but can she say Bieksa?
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Posted by djbrown at 4/20/2007 9:02:00 AM
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Trotz, Did You Order a Code Red?
Before the start of Game 3 between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators I want commissioner Garry Bettman to call Barry Trotz, the head coach of the Predators, into the league office for a hearing. Bettman and company shall debate if Trotz ordered his club to take runs with intent to injure, as the Preds have taken out two Sharks in just as many nights. If he indeed ordered the “code red” of hockey.

And just as they are about to start the hearing, I want Tom Cruise to come strolling in. Not the The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, or the Tom Cruise that appeared on Oprah letting us all know that he is in love with Katie Holmes. I want the Tom Cruise from A Few Good Men, the youthful out to prove something Tom Cruise.

Cruise will look Trotz in the eyes and treat him as if he was Jack Nicholson (it is now blatantly obvious as to where this column is headed) and not the cartoon figure Charlie Brown that he really does look like. The hearing would go something like:

Cruise: Coach when you learned that you were going to be facing the Sharks for the second straight year in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you had a meeting with your Captain and two Assistant Captains, is that right?

Trotz: Yes

Cruise: Captain Kimmo Timonen, Assistant Captains Paul Kariya and Jason Arnott.

Trotz: Yes

Cruise: Coach, at the time of this meeting, you gave them an order, that right?

Trotz: I told them to tell his men that they were to play physical but not injure anyone. Have you ever spent time playing in the NHL, son?

Cruise: No sir.

Trotz: Ever taken a hockey stick into the ribs?

Cruise: No sir.

Trotz: Ever put your life in another man's hands, ask him to put his life in yours?

Cruise: No sir.

Trotz: We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people get hurt. It's that simple. Are we clear?

Cruise: Yes sir. Now, let me ask, you ordered--

Trotz: You want answers?

Cruise: I think I'm entitled to them.

Trotz: You want answers?!

Cruise: I want the truth.

Trotz: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that if you do not win the Stanley Cup you probably are going to get fired or traded, and those goals have to be chased by men who can use their bodies and sticks to injure. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Cruise? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Steve Bernier and Jonathan Cheechoo, and you curse the Predators. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That their injuries, while tragic, probably saved their teammates. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves the product of the NHL. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me chasing after the Cup, you need me going for that Cup. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent chasing after Lord Stanley’s Cup. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who watches the product that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a pair of skates, and line up at center ice. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Cruise: Did you order the code red?

Trotz: I did the job you sent me to do.

Cruise: Did you order the code red?

Trotz: You're goddamn right I did.


For those that say fighting does not belong in hockey go watch Game 2 of the Sharks versus Predators and tell me that the brawl in the last minute was not justified. It is not fighting that does not belong in the National Hockey League, it is the going for the knee-on-knee collisions like Scott Hartnell did on Cheechoo in Game 1 or the checking from behind at full speed like Alexander Radulov did in Game 2 to Steve Bernier, that does not belong.

Fighting in the National Hockey League is not about trying to injure someone, as uniformed people who do not watch hockey or columnists that speak out against it assume and claim. It is about policing, making sure players do not and continue to not get away with the actions similar to what Hartnell and Radulov have done. The fight at the end of Game 2 was about the Sharks sending a message that we are going to stand up for the team and not just rely on the zebras and the heads of the NHL to patrol the dirty plays and cheap shots.

As much as the bean ball is used to police baseball, fighting is used for hockey. There should be a rule that anytime one writes or mentions ridding hockey of fighting, they must write that the bean ball should be abolished in baseball as well.



Posted by Josh Pearlstein at 4/15/2007 5:51:00 PM
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