Apparently, the NHL doesn’t deem Ward’s fractured orbital bone and loss to the team anything serious, as it rescinded an automatic suspension and fined Walker a mere $2,500. This means that the innocent team, the Bruins, will be without a key player, going into their do-or-die game six against Carolina, which will have Walker’s services.
Boston is none too happy, as indicated by coach Claude Julien’s statement in which he said that Walker “sucker-punched” Ward.
Julien went on to say, "I don't care what people say about, 'Ward should've protected himself.' He had no intention of getting involved," he added. "We asked our guys to stay composed and not fall into that trap, and he just did that. A guy with Walker's experience should know better than to sucker-punch a guy."
The Bruins issued a statement Monday responding to the lack of suspension for Walker.
"We respectfully disagree with the NHL's ruling to rescind the automatic suspension to Scott Walker, but we will abide by the league's ruling," the team said.
‘Canes' president, Jim Rutherford, on the other hand, thought Walker’s “skate” on this was warranted.
"We are satisfied with the league's ruling," said Hurricanes president Jim Rutherford. "After our team received several punches throughout the series leading up to game five, it was a matter of time before one was going to be thrown back."
I realize that Rutherford, a former goalie, may not have all his senses, after seeing too much rubber during his playing days, but what f*cking series has he been watching. Having a player cheap shot an opponent, who was unprepared for it, resulting in a broken orbital is not justified.
Apparently he thinks his team shouldn’t be hit by the Bruins, who in my opinion, have played way too soft.
Let’s see if Walker’s cowardly act lights a fire under Boston’s ass and they come out and hit every red and white Hurricane jersey that they see on the ice.