The unwritten rule among fans is to support your teams’ back no matter what. Ordinarily, we abide by the code. Today, we simply can’t.
Flyer Danny Briere will have a conference call with NHL officials on Monday morning to discuss an ugly incident from the team’s 6-1 rout of the Islanders this weekend.
The NHL must suspend Briere. After a faceoff, Briere decided to take his stick to the opposition’s face. You just can’t do that.
A stick is a weapon that can inflict major injuries on people. We’ve seen it before. If you let Briere get away with this, what precedent does that set going forward.
And, even the most ardent Flyers fan can’t disagree with us. If Crosby or someone else had done this to a Flyer, all hell would break lose in newspapers and on talk radio. We have to hold our own players to the same standard.
The NHL has no choice but to give Briere a suspension. We’re not saying it needs to be 20 games. But, a game or two is coming.