Greg Logan’s Irresponsible, Biased Potshot at Mike Mottau

Now, we make no secret as always that we are Devils fans, so we’ll try and look at this as objectively as we can and, because we agree that Mike Mottau should have been suspended for the hit above, perhaps we can.  The New Jersey defenseman was out of position for an attempted hit on Franz Nielsen and caught him up high, which caused injuries to the young Islander forward.

There has been some anger over the logic behind Colin Campbell’s two-game suspension of Mottau.  Many look at the fact that Nielsen is out 8-12 weeks for Mottau’s hit.  We’re okay with the length.  Mottau is a first-time offender with no history of dirty play.  We don’t think it was intention to hit Nielsen illegally, we think he got caught out of position and still wanted to make a hit, so he went out of his way to hit Nielsen somewhere, and got him in the head.  That’s our honest opinion of that.

But there has been some bile thrown around because of it.  None more angered than Newsday’s Islanders writer Greg Logan.  He posted this on his blog this morning:

 

Unfortunately, the message didn’t take. TV cameras caught Mottau laughing about the play in the penalty box. It must have been the guilty enjoyment of a man who knew he got away with one. It certainly wasn’t the sense of deep remorse Weight expressed immediately on the ice after he ran into Sutter.

 

Woah.  Well, we watched that game too, and we found the shot he’s talking about.  Concentrate on the last 10 seconds of this clip post-jump, and it’ll come to a shot of Mottau’s “laughing”.

Tom Gulitti Needs to Emphasize Sarcasm (Updated)

Tom Gulitti, Devils beat writer for the Bergen Record, is one of my absolute favorite mainstream hockey bloggers.  He gives out the most information that someone covering the New Jersey Lamoriello’s that anyone possibly could.  However, his post today on Tampa Bay coach/ex-ESPN hairpiece Barry Melrose was a little offbeat for my reading tastes. Read more of this post