People thoughts on Flyers after Third game of 2007-2008 season
"I guess you're right. But the issue in these situations is about making the punishment fit the crime as opposed to making the punishment fit the criminal. If Daniel Briere had done this (OK, so he'd have had to get up on a box to take off Kesler's head as Boulerice did, but let's imagine it for a moment), would you still be advocating a lifetime ban? Don't think so. Let's assume Boulerice gets 20 or 30 games and the Flyers get along fine without him (this is a good segue into the changes in the lineup from last season), then they could release Boulerice and his career would effectively be over. At least until [Ducks GM] Brian Burke signs him."
--Scott Burnside of Espn.com
"Let's use the Philadelphia Flyers as an example. Currently, the Flyers have two players under suspension, Downie (for the pre-season hit on the Ottawa Senators' Dean McAmmond) and now Boulerice. The Flyers tried to circumvent the terms of Downie's 20-game suspension by assigning him to their American Hockey League affiliate, only to have the AHL close the loophole by suspending him themselves for a month. In all probability, they would have tried something similar with Boulerice, who has played more games in the minors (243) than in the NHL (165) since turning pro a decade ago (after a controversy-filled junior career in the Ontario Hockey League).
But what if the Flyers actually had to play two men short during the terms of Downie's and Boulerice's suspensions, dressing only 16 skaters as opposed to 18? That would greatly limit coach John Stevens' flexibility; it would have a tangible impact on the organization and its day-to-day operations; and it would do more than just punish the guilty players.
Suddenly, a team thinking of employing a Boulerice or a Downie type would need to weigh the risks against the rewards of doing so and just might conclude that it isn't worth it anymore — not if they could find themselves one, or in Philadelphia's case, two line-up spots short per game for an extended period of time.
Flyers' general manager Paul Holmgren was saying this week how the pair of suspensions "makes things tricky for the roster." Imagine how tricky things would become if his coach could only dress five defencemen and 11 forwards — or six defencemen and just 10 forwards — while his suspended players cool their heels on the sidelines."
"I am from Canada...
The center of the hockey world..
he should have got 50 games
and Flyers fined 3 million dollars
THEN IT WOULD STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
--Buttertartfart in espn chat room
I thought it for a couple of days and i thought this is the kind of message the Flyers & Boulerice needed to send. after jones was run, what the F does it accomplish if boulerice fight a guy his size? Every Player needs to be held accountable for their actions and it begins letting the players policing themselves
BTW THE BROAD ST BULLIES ARE BACK WITH A VENGENCE
0 game suspension: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FFp2dlMrv0c
20 game suspension
3 game suspension: http://youtube.com/watch?v=07lzWueATqw
25 game suspension: http://youtube.com/watch?v=8-Y3x0mr_Ik