The fining of Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston for “player selection” has got some NHL coaches irate.
You can’t blame them.
Whether you agree with the presence of so-called enforcers or fighting in the NHL or what seems to be the increasingly indecipherable “Code,” putting coaches in a position where the sand has suddenly shifted beneath their feet has got them questioning what this means moving forward.
One coach who spoke to QMI Agency Wednesday afternoon was in the process of contacting his colleagues to form a united front to question the league on the decision to fine Rolston. The rookie Sabres coach had tough guy John Scott on the ice in Sunday night’s pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and all hell broke loose after Scott had an altercation with Leafs forward Phil Kessel.
The Scott-Kessel situation came in the wake of a fight between Sabres forward Corey Tropp and Leafs tough guy Jamie Devane in which Tropp was bloodied when his head hit the ice after getting slugged by Devane.
Rolston responded the way coaches have been responding to that situation for decades, by having a tough guy like Scott on the ice. Scott was already on the ice and Rolston, who didn’t have the last change as the visitor, left him out there for the ensuing face-off.