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If Kessel turtled there the next week of highlights would be showing a "pussy" Kessel turteling while needing his team mates to defend him, while stick work is over the line I think Kessel of all people probably wants to save face a little as his image already is one of a wimp Posted via RS Mobile
The thing is, he DID need his teammates to defend him. And then he decided to take another swing and a poke at the guy. Anybody would understand why a goal scorer would turtle against a guy who has 8" and 80lbs on you. Instead the image he's given himself now is of a stick swinging little twat instead of just a wimp.
Originally Posted by Bouncing Bettys
Kessel's second slash and "spear" were messages to Scott saying: "Don't come to a non fighter, half your size, for a fucking fight or you will face my stick and next time I will make it count." Now that Kessel has instilled the threat of stick work into Scott's tiny brain, perhaps Scott will think twice before violating "the code." Scott may just realize his outmatched fighting opponent won't simply take a beating, turtle, or run away, but will defend himself and inflict whatever damage he can in the process. Sometimes just the threat of greater violence is enough to prevent conflict. Kessel went a little too far with that message, and so he sits. The punishment fits the crime.
That is a horrible message if he's really thinking "Next time you jump me I'll slash your face." Since when was using your stick as a weapon, even for self defense, an accepted practice? I see where you're coming from, but being allowed to defend yourself with your stick is worse than all the headshots that we see IMO.
Yet Kessel's suspension is not the vacation people are making it out to be. Instead of being able to build chemistry on the ice with his teammates to get the season rolling, Kessel sits. It makes it more difficult for Carlyle to create line combos and work on his PP without his main offensive threat there. One of Carlyle's strategies is the lack of set lines. He obsessively line matches and mixes up his lines on the fly to keep opponents guessing. Not having Kessel there, hinders that strategy.
I'll call BS on that. In an 82 game season that doesn't really mean anything (especially if you're don't make the playoffs ), 3 lost preseason games will mean absolutely nothing. He's still allowed to skate and practice with the team and prospective linemates. If he were playing all 3 of those preseason games, odds are half of them would be against guys who won't be spending real time in the NHL this season anyways.