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Alan May: Canadian media biased against Caps


Mike Green's elbow to the head of Michael Frolik only earned Green two minutes of penalty time during the Caps' win over Florida, but it was already raising talk of possible penalties before Friday night had ended. Green himself talked about the hit in the post-game dressing room, and the (inter)national media was all over it.

"That's one of the worst elbows we've seen this year," a TSN studio host said, before giving the stage to Ray Ferraro.

"There's nothing that is defensible about this play, in my opinion," Ferraro said. "Green had been hit earlier in the shift, he closes in on Frolik and leads with his elbow, hits him with his left elbow right in the jaw. To me, it doesn't matter that Frolik got up. I mean, this in my opinion is a suspendable play....See, two games doesn't work, because it's two games, it's two games, it's two games. It has to be a stiffer penalty."

It's worth mentioning that while Bruce Boudreau said he was "very upset" and "just livid" about the three games that Green eventually received, Brooks Laich was considerably more judicious, saying "at some point you have to take control of the game and protect the players. You see what happened in junior hockey. At some point you have to make a statement where there's not a gray area. You can't hit to the head. It's black or white. You hit to the head, you're going to get suspended."

Still, Comcast SportsNet's Alan May openly suggested this week that the Canadian media is out to spotlight transgressions by Caps players, and that this may have contributed to Green's punishment.

"They're always trying to poke holes in the Capitals, and it's the same reason that Mike Green was suspended," May said on 106.7 The Fan's Mike Wise Show Monday afternoon, when asked about criticism of the Caps' netminders. "I thought it was created by TSN up in Canada and their announcers, sitting there on a Friday night. The only angles they showed of the Mike Green hit were very poor angles that looked like it was a bad hit, and when you go in super-slow motion, it makes it look worse all the time. And I thought the Mike Green hit, no one even noticed it the other night. And they made a big deal, and he winds up getting three games out of it."

The conversation moved on, but May--who is Canadian--later returned to this subject, again pounding away on the Toronto media pack. This is red meat to the hounds for a fan base that has sometimes been accused of harboring a persecution complex, and May wasn't equivocating.

"Once again I'm gonna go back to the Canadian media, Sportsnet, TSN up there," he said. "And it all depends who they're going after, what team he's from. But if it's a Washington Capital, they're going after him hard. They're picking on the guys south of the border big time. They're so pro-Canadian up there. Because the league offices are in Toronto, where they dole out the suspensions, they're on the phone within five minutes of a hit saying, 'Is he gonna be suspended?'

"Well, the guys in the office there, they're saying, 'Well, we didn't even see it,' so they've got to go back, and all of the the sudden players are getting suspended. I don't like it at all. I blame it more on the Canadian media, and I think the league has to quit letting those guys have so much influence on the game, because the power of the NHL is in the United States. There's more teams down here. And If they want to have a healthy National Hockey League, you've got to make sure you have healthy American franchises."

There was lots more in this conversation, including May's belief that George McPhee will indeed acquire a veteran defenseman before all's said and done, but co-host Bill Rohland also asked whether the old-time hockey establishment looked unfavorably toward the Caps, with their flashy style and their Russian leaders.

"Absolutely," May said. "And it's been going on for a few years now. The style of hockey they play is no different than the style of hockey that the Vancouver Canucks play, but the Vancouver Canucks are top of the pedestal, and they treat the Caps as though they're frauds. I think they've got one of the best coaches in the league, and to win a hockey game, you've got to score more goals than the opposition.

"And with the new rules, you can't just sit back and play defense and cheat and use your stick like the New Jersey Devils did for years, and bored fans right out of the buildings. And you'll see the Capitals, if you went around the league and saw, they're the best thing for hockey in my opinion, because they're trying to win every game. And they're not trying to win it 1-0, even though I'm sure they could. They're going out, and every building they're playing in is packed, and it's standing room only, and their type of hockey's just incredible.

"And I think the Canadians up there, they do not like the fact that there's a Russian hockey player as the best player in hockey. And he's the toughest player in hockey, the fastest player game in and game out, and there's nothing like this. And I think there's a lot of jealousy up there. But if you look around those teams, their star players, none of them is a Russian, and I think there's some bias up there towards it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 11:22 PM ET
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Wyshynski correctly points out " 'Canucks are top of the pedestal, and they treat the Caps as though they're frauds' redefines dumb."

Posted by: JDP_ | February 2, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Stand up for DC, Alan May!

I like it! I still think Green should be suspended, but not just cuz Ray Ferraro says so.

Call the league and TSN out on their bullfeathers.....

The Canadian media has got to be stopped!

Posted by: CF11555 | February 2, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

What a crock.
An absolute crock.
First of all, Ray Ferraro is a Canadian married to an American who earned a living playing his entire career in the U.S. so what reason would he have to show bias against a team that located in the U.S.

Secondly, Alex Ovechkin is the most popular player among Canadians. When the Capitals come to Canadian cities, the fans and media go crazy for him because we appreciate great hockey players.

As for the Canucks, did May miss the controversy in Vancouver last month when Hockey Night in Canada did an all out character assault on Vancouver forward Alex Burrows. It was such a "pedestal" treatment that it resulted in the Canucks boycotting the next CBC broadcast.

Hockey had one of it's darkest moments last month when Patrick Cormier elbowed Mikael Tam in a Quebec junior game, sending Tam into convulsions on the ice and later to hospital with a brain injury.
If the NHL let a careless elbow like Greene's go unpunished they would be admitting that they learned nothing from Cormier incident.

Alan May needs to get his head of his posterior.

Posted by: sueboy | February 2, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

May, I'd call you a homer but your a so-called Canadian. Apparently what angle did you see that showed the Green hit as "clean"? Please enlighten me? You can clearly see Green lead with his elbow out for 2 strides before he hits him. Its so blatant, it has to be a suspension.
Yes TSN is extremely prejudiced against Canadian hockey players like Mike Green. And "Canadian networks like CBC" Love the Canucks so much that they do one-sided character assassinations on guys like Burrows.
Yes Canuck fans hate Russians leading the leagues, I mean, who the hell is that Pavel Bure guy who was worshipped as a GOD in Vancouver.

Its obvious that May only wrote this article in order to make hits, why else would he write something that is 95-100% not true? Shoddy journalism at its best.

Posted by: hugh10 | February 2, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

First of all Mr. May. After looking over the many angles that were presented on both US and Canadian stations, do you not see that it was a dirty hit?

Granted, the video replay received more comments, and deciphering from Canadian Media, because as I am sure you will admit the U.S Media does not pay as near attention to the NHL as do their Canadian counter-parts.

Trust me you havent seen anything yet.

This was about a game with Washington and Florida. The hit was questionable in your opinion. So be it. If that hit happened against the Leafs they would have wanted a jail sentence. So please dont blame the Canadian Media, because if it isnt against the Leafs they don't care.... unless it is a bad hit in the league.

I remember one Sunday morning not too long ago. All six Canadian teams played, and two lost. Toronto was one of them. Sportsnet had a special feature for Toronto Player of the Game. This they gave four minutes to this feature, and the winning teams received maybe 30 seconds.

So dont think its against the Capitals, it's against all things Not To Do With The Leafs. If anything maybe you can feel like your team is judged the same way as the rest of the Canadian teams. Remember for Sportsnet, or TSN, only one team matters.

Yes the rest are better, but nothing creates ratings better than having a team that cant win, but still think they are the best.

Posted by: WileyoneEhh | February 2, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

The majority of Caps fans will of course agree with Alan May. What a joke.

The Canadian media, especially TSN, LOVE the Capitals. The Caps have been on TSN a lot lately and it's incredible how their panel has focused on OV and how much they've praised him. Gord Miller (their main play by play announcer) goes nuts whenever Ovechkin scores.

The Green suspension was more than fair - it was actually rather generous. He probably should have gotten 5 games, not 3. It was a vicious, premeditated elbow. It was unexcusable. Total cheap shot, and he raised his elbow and got him in the head.

As sueboy said, Ray Ferraro played his entire career with American teams and is married to an American. He's got no reason to hate on the Caps.

This May guy is really unprofessional. Just another day in Capitals land. Where even the broadcasters have a persecution complex, as Dan said.

Other than Don Cherry, there's no one in Canada who really cares where the best hockey player in the world comes from. And I love how often the words "best hockey player in the world" are said by the Caps media. It's as if they need to win at something, since they always lose in the playoffs. So no one can disagree on who the best player in the world is, else they're screaming about conspiracy theories and saying they don't like OV because he's Russian.

May really needs to shut his trap.

Posted by: LGP6687 | February 2, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

I actually think it's less of an anti-Caps bias and more of an anti-Green bias amongst the Canadian media. He plaintly does not get the hype or attention he deserves. They LOVE Boyle, and Phaneuf, and Doughty, and Pronger, and Keith, and Niedermayer, etc. up there. But Green never enters into the discussion. His not making the Canadian Olympic team has more to do, in my view, with the regurgitation of this erroneous "Green can't play D" meme than it is based on merit.

Check the stats. Green dominates offensively AND defensively AND on the PK. The only other player who comes close is Duncan Keith. The fact that he didn't make that team is a joke.

I don't know whether it's his standoffish/too-cool-for-school vibe he gives off sometimes, or whether his poor showing in last spring's playoffs contribute, but the bias I see at play here is the one against Green.

Posted by: ThisGuy | February 2, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

I don't know where you are coming from, but many Canadians love M.Green. However, that doesn't mean we put on our homer glasses and pretend that this was nothing more than a blatant elbow.

Posted by: hugh10 | February 2, 2010 4:37 AM | Report abuse

The real bias comes in when they talk about Ovechkin versus Crosby. The truth of the matter is that Crosby isn't even the best player on his team. Malkin is. But, goodness knows they don't have any desire to advertise Russian vs Russian superstars.

Posted by: PS7900 | February 2, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Green Canadian, or did I miss something? Oh wait...he's a good ole' Alberta boy...that can't be right, can it?

During the selection period for the Olympic team, Green was almost unanimously mentioned as a player Team Canada should have taken.

CBC (Canadian government-funded media) has shown 3 of the 4 WSH-TOR games this year on Hockey Night in Canada...why? Ratings. They want to show WSH games.

Let's see...Boudreau is Canadian. The current active roster (with Holtby) shows 14 Canadians (Canadians make up over 50% of players...the most current number I've seen was 53-54%), so by this math, Washington is ahead of the league average.

When TSN shows Washington games, the broadcast team fawns over Washington.

But all of this is actually the Toronto-centric Canadian media at work.

Does Alan May take his tinfoil hat off for the pregame and postgame shows?

And if you really want to see what media criticism looks like...the Toronto media has spent the last five months eating its own. The four dailies, and The Score, TSN, Sportsnet, etc. are about 1000 times more obsessive over the Leafs than the Washington Capitals.

However, an elbow to the head that is a suspendable offence is going to be pointed out as such, regardless of the individuals involved. If Horseface had done the same thing the knives would be out.

Posted by: jcurrin | February 2, 2010 5:47 AM | Report abuse

The green hit on the reverse angle, which TSN did not show, looks totally clean. The elbow is an illusion in the popular angle of the green hit. As for the Canucks on TSN, if Ray had been suspended for throwing hits like Greens, he would have never seen the ice. If it isn't cyndy then the guy is a loser and must go.

Right on May for calling out the bozo's on TSN.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | February 2, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

i think it's true and quite obvious. recently i saw them call backstrom "hackstrom or whoever he is". something like that. it's all because ovechkin is better and tougher than crosby. they love that penguin meat.

Posted by: trufe | February 2, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

If the Canadian media got to make decisions regarding Mike Green, he'd a seventh defenseman on some ECHL team.

Posted by: wingmancd | February 2, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

I hope Canada loses every Olympic game. I'd love to watch the coverage on TSN. Wonder who Don Cherry would blame?

Posted by: caps1974 | February 2, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

#16 is right. Ovechkin can not blow his nose without the league wanting to penalize him, and it just carries over to every other player.
I think it emanates from that clown Don Cherry, and the dislike is heaped upon the whole team.
The league has a complete love affair with Crosby and the Pens, if not, why was Malkin not suspended for game 3 of the SC Finals last year? You have a bedrock rule of not allowing a player to "send a message" at the end of a game. Malkin delivers a FedEx Jumbo package by punching a guy out who has no idea, and the league now says it is perfectly acceptable. I am not saying anything maybe, except...... FIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Pius5 | February 2, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

You go Alan May! Right or wrong he's passionate about what he believes and he's speaking out. I don't happen to agree with him, but I like what he's doing.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 2, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

@ jcurrin: You just don't get it, do you? The bias is against the Capitals, not the Leafs. They show the Leafs because they want to show the Leafs. Period.
To a specific set of the Canadian media, the Capitals were entertaining and fun to watch. Now they are dangerous, a threat to actually win it all. The last thing that group of the Canadian media wants is for Bettman to hand the Cup to some Russian.

Posted by: pga6 | February 2, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

If the NHL were really unbiased - Gonchar, Mike Richards and the guy that took a 10-20 feet run into Mike Green's head with his elbow in Colorado would all have received suspensions greater than 3 games. None of them received anything. All these facts and non-actions by the NHL are evidence in support of Alan May.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 2, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Anybody want to tell me why Sergei Gonchar wasn't suspended for his blatant elbow to the head of Cal Clutterbuck last month? I'm not sure I agree with May's take on this but the NHL's standards for suspensions is arbitrary at best. I'm fine with Green being suspended if it was SOP but it's not. This was a complete knee jerk reaction to the Cormier incident. If every similar hit going forward gets the same punishment, good. But that's not the way Colin Campbell works.

Posted by: ouvan59 | February 2, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

OBTW Green extended his arm and his elbow caught the guy in the jaw. When somebody really throws an elbow it's a different motion. This vicious, malicious, premeditated elbow talk is silly.

He did what he did, he got a suspension time to move on.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 2, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

This is total bunk.

Caps fans need to get over this kind of thing if the team is going to continue to win. To hear whining about officiating, the league, and the media after every loss (and sometimes after wins) is exrcuciating, and it makes it seem like the team's fans are all hockey neophytes and bandwagoners.

The Green hit deserved a suspension, regardless of whether or not similar or more egregious hits this season resulted in suspension. Just because the cop didn't pull over the guy in front of you doesn't mean you weren't speeding. It was a suspendable hit.

If Canada hates the Caps so much, why are they on HNIC every time they play a Canadian team? The Canadian media love Ovechkin, and the Capitals get rather uniformly positive press in most markets, including the Canadian ones.

I've been a fan of this team my entire life, but sometimes it's embarassing being compared to some of these people. Since I no longer live in the DC area, I have to rely on Center Ice for my Caps coverage, so I get to hear what other teams are saying about Washington and its players. And after hearing Alan May, I'm almost glad I don't have to rely solely on DC media for my Caps coverage.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 2, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Canadians get mad anytime someone does not bow down at the feet of sidney crosby and kiss his ring as crosby has been the savior of canadian hockey since he was 10.

Ovechkin is the best player in the world and crosby is the second best player on his team and canadians will never be able to get over that so they will always look down on Ovie and the Caps.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 2, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

What May is saying is not breaking news....im a hockey nut and i will admit i absorb everything nhl net, tsn, versus and various media outlets have to say.

IT ALL STARTS AND ENDS WITH DON CHERRY, first of all. He despises the Caps (really anything not canadian)....May is right. The fact we have Russian STUDS and score a ton of goals and are WINNING is killing them. They dont give us love on NBC or any other network (i say NBC cuz most people watch MM and PM).

The only media that gives the Caps love is former players...thats about it. Having a Russian star as the premier player kills them.

I just hope the hatred stays with the media and doesnt trickle down the the refs....then we have the NBA part 2.

Im impressed May goes out on a limb like he does, well done Alan!

Posted by: Redskins2Win | February 2, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

The problem I have wiith the Mike Green suspension is that everybody knows that it is only a matter of time before somebody throws a similar elbow and the league just looks the other way. The idea that this is a "new standard" is just laughable to longtime NHL fans. Hades, the next guy to throw an elbow like that might be doing it to a Caps player. Think he'll get three games? David Koci delivered a head shot on Green and got nothing from the league.

As for the Canadian bias, yes it very much does exist. I've heard in some quarters before that the NHL is "run by Canadians for Canadians" or more specificaly "run by Toronto for Toronto." If you look at the NHL's actions through that prism, it begins to make more sense.

A.O. may be a popular figure up in Canada right now but how popular will he be if he leads the Russians to a gold medal in a few weeks in Vancouver? The Canadian media has been on overdrive this season trying to diminish Captain A.O., calling him dirty and the such, in an attempt to vilify the guy ahead of the Olympics. Why? Because the Russians are the one team with the best chance to knock off the Canadians on their home soil in the Olympics.

Furthermore, anybody who reads TSN regularly knows that come playoff time they constantly bring up the "Canadian Drought." May is right that they're ignoring Vancouver's flaws while magnifing the Caps because Vancouver has the best chance of bringing the Cup back up North for the first time since 1993.

And one final note on Green; while Green is Canadian, his flashy style of play does not fit the paradigm of what a Canadian hockey player should be. Furthermore, Green being a Canadian should know this and since he doesn't conform, he's an outcast.

Posted by: CapsNut | February 2, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see so many Canadian fans on the Post's web site today! I wonder which web site carried Alan May's criticism along with a click-through to here..

Listen northerners -- Call me when there's one Russian helping to make the decisions in Toronto. Or when there's one Russian referee in the entire NHL, eh.

I won't hold my breath..

The league's biggest issue with the Caps isn't their location in Washington, it's the perception that they're a Russian-Swedish team.

Oh and I don't suppose it would look good to have Green continue piling up the points before the Olympics, like he'd been doing. Gotta stop that.. only one way to do it..

Not only should Green be on the Canadian team, Bruce should be the coach. There's going to be changes in 2014, because this time it's going to be Gold- Sweden. Silver- Russia. Bronze-Czech. Big hand-full of poop - Canada.

Oneal

Posted by: thetick73 | February 2, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Alan May is spot-on and it's great to see him speaking out.
From the DC fans' perspectives, the Caps HAVE been a target of bias from Canadian media. But I would say it's probably more related to certain individuals than media as a whole. Cherry, Milbury lead the pack. A few others join in with them. We in DC do not believe the Caps have been given a fair shake for years.
Way to go Alan!!!! Your TV "presence" started out a little shaky, but your insights into the game and your analysis are far superior to anything that comes out of Toronto!

Posted by: gewhiteva | February 2, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

It was a bad hit. I love my Caps and Green, but the suspension was deserved. I didn't like the "2 games, 2 games, 2 games" remark because Green is not a repeat offender so that's misleading. Otherwise, I think May was trying to make a statement regarding Canadian bias toward US and Russia. Using the Caps as an example because of the obvious Ovechkin v. Cherry history, etc.

Posted by: Chad8 | February 2, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Canadian media is an oxymoron

Posted by: CelticFCbhoys | February 2, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The fact that the Caps were even "placed" in the Southeast division by the NHL has been a great disservice to both the Caps and their fans. Their true rivals are the old Patrick Division teams, Pens, Flyers, NJ Devils, NY Rangers and NY Islanders and hopefully this injustice can be corrected by Ted and GMGM in the future.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 2, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

This isn't about Crosby and the Pens (geez, we need to get over the obsession). THis is about a very paranoid fanbase that needs to hear that it is the very best that ever existed in any sport and has the very best players ever to walk the earth. IMO, the reason the Caps haven't won the Cup is that they start to believe this crap. And, they won't win it all until they get over that. When you start believing that you are God, you lose touch with reality. Winning in the reg. season means nothing. Ask the Sharks and Bruins from last year. Wasn't it about an 8th seeded team that won it all last year because they were hungry and knew they had to actually work for it and that it wasn't going to be just given to them? Caps and their fans need to wake up and smell the coffee.

Posted by: vahockeyfan | February 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The problem is the Caps don't have that many Canadians on the team. There has always been jealousy about Europeans and Americans would could play hockey. Listening to XM this morning some moron from Toronto was again talking about Washington goaltending and yes I realize we have unproven goalies or a goalie who is unsteady at best, but this idiot compared Washington goaltending with Chicago's and thought they were OK. Frankly I would not trade our two AHL goalies for Huet and Niemi. They let in 14 goals in their last 3 games and Washington has suspect goaltending? When Huet signed with Chicago, Theodore was an upgrade, at least he had won something and Huet was singly responsible for Washington's exit from the playoffs the year before. Huet played well to get us in, but when the pressure was really on, Huet folded. I cannot tell you exactly why their is a bias, but there is one, you would have to ask the Toronto media why. Is it not enough Canadians on the team, "non traditional" hockey market, southern team, or just that the best player in the world, a Russian, plays for Washington? Don't know, don't care, just want them to keep winning.

Posted by: majiksea | February 2, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

absolutely there is a biased...the past week=Green gets questionable 3 game suspension- we win every damn game in January and still do not get ranked first in the league...every national game this week is Crosby and the Pens...NBC suckfest

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 2, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't really have any problem with the suspension on it's own merits. It was an elbow. But Sergei Gonchar plays with Sidney Crosby, and he threw an elbow that was
1. Much harder
2. He left his skates to do so
3. He did it to a player that never had the puck


Gonchar's hit deserved a suspension at least double what Green's deserved, in a vacuum, but Gonchar didn't even get a fine, all because he plays with Sidney Crosby.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | February 2, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Wow! This article made me SMILE!! I am not a conspiracy nut or anything, but I gotta agree that there is a bias against the Caps! The cold war is over Canadians!! Embrace the Awesomeness of Russian hockey!

Posted by: capscoach | February 2, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Nothing like a member of the media complaining about another media's bias. What a putz.

Note to Alan May: You. Do. Not. Go. After. Someone's. Head. Period.

Posted by: fengraf | February 2, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

fengraf:

everyone has already agreed about that like a million times!!! people are frustrated with the inconsistency!! and the fact that we NEVER seem to get away with it (well almost never) and other teams do...ie Gonachar and Richards to name a few. Nobody likes to see a hit to the head.

Posted by: capscoach | February 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Did Sergei Gonchar of the Penguins get any suspension for his "major" elbow to Cal Clutterbuck on Jan 12, 2010?

Here's what Colin Campbell had to say about the lack of supplemental discipline on that hit:

"Every 5-minute major is not a suspension or a fine. There's gotta be a little bit of passion in the game. Cal Clutterbuck leads the League, or is close to leading the League, in hits. He hit Gonchar very hard into the boards prior to that -- real hard. That could have been boarding. Could have been charging. It wasn't. So Gonchar, who's been hurt before and knocked out before and suffered a concussion; he's on the receiving end more than he's on the giving end -- I don't think he's ever been on the giving end -- he went in and it was a 5-minute interference penalty and he hit him with his shoulder."

Even trying not to be biased, I do note some inconsistency by the NHL disciplinarian! I agree Green deserve the suspension, but why do the Penguins always get away with not being suspended? (ie. Crosby dirty fighting style and Malkin's late game instigator penalty) I guess the Matt Cooke 2 game suspension was suppose to appease the masses, since he is on same talent level as Ovechkin (2 games) and Green (3 games). NOT!

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 2, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Colin Campbell is full of it. That was no shoulder that hit Cutterbuck. You could argue that it was a fore-arm shiver, but that was no shoulder.

Besides, you can still get lengthy suspensions for legal hits with the shoulder. Just ask Donald Brashear.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | February 2, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Never thought I would ever have any angst towards Canadians, but seriously, what are you all doing here? I'm accustomed to seeing Flyers or Pens on here due to the proximity to Washington and the respective rivalries (who are notably absent btw).

As for the issue, I think you frozen children need to go back to reading comprehension class in the 2nd grade. And here is why: Alan May is assaulting the influence Canadian sports media has in the doling out of suspensions - not whether one was deserved or not.

Brooks Laich (Canadian, definite coincidence) said it best that the league from the top down to the refs cannot create a gray area for the evaluation of blows to the head and its respective severity. Thanks to American Football, the study of blows to the head and their after affects has become center stage and the NHL is properly following suit in looking out for the players long term health. This should be the basis of suspensions for hits to the head and Mike Green should have received a 5 minute major for the kind of suspension he received. Therein lies the snake in the grass: how did a penalty that received little to no attention to anyone watching the game turn into a three game suspension?

Canadian Media. While Mike Green is notably Canadian, the angst is directed towards the Capitals organization. That is May's point. Well done Alan.

Posted by: wcc118 | February 2, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Jeez, It's 'opinion' like this that makes us Cap's fans look like idiots.
And PS...Ted, for God's sake, lose the siren and the monster truck guy

Posted by: soulnote | February 2, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I love how some people here think that every opinion that is not there own is stupid...How is it that bloggers have more hockey ego than the players.

Posted by: capscoach | February 2, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Jealously all this is!! Last year was Don Cherry this year stupid a$$ canadian hockey channel who is blasting the team that plays in the Nations Capital. If this where Crosby elbow they be oh great hit by great player

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | February 2, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"Once again I'm gonna go back to the Canadian media, Sportsnet, TSN up there," he said. "And it all depends who they're going after, what team he's from. But if it's a Washington Capital, they're going after him hard. They're picking on the guys south of the border big time.

Bingo. Alan May rules.

If Greenie was a Free Agent would he play for a Canadian team?

Wonder who Greenie is rooting for in the Olympics?

I'm rooting for USA, Russia, Sweden and every other team playing Canada.

God Bless John Carlson.


Posted by: rockbroker | February 2, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Alan May is speaking the truth. The Canadians hate the Capitals as does Bettman. The fact that Americans have to hear the drivel that comes out of that clown Don Cherry, makes it even worse.
Regardless of what is felt in Toront, The Caps are for real and only a tool like Gary Bettman would find a way to not market the best player next to Orr,Gretzky,Howe, etc...

Posted by: daveink44 | February 2, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

There has always been a bias in the national/international hockey media against DC. When Bondra scored 50 goals, nary a mention of it was in any of the hockey journals. I don't know if its Canada vs Europeans, or just that some players are annointed early (such as high draft picks) or where they play. I think Green is looked at as an upstart because he plays in Washington with Ovechkin. If he was in Toronto or Edmonton he would be a star.

I've also thought it pretty cowardly of the NHL on their suspensions. When Ovechkin was suspended, he was injured too. It seemed that the NHL thought that since they'd be out for a game or two anyway, why not look tough and force them to sit?

BTW, I thought the hit on David Booth was far uglier than Green's, and Richards didn't even get a fine.

Posted by: firehorse | February 2, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Hello Canadia.

Would you all like some cheese with that whine of yours? It's gotten so bad that it sounds like the engines of a plane about to take off. I swear if I have to hear you north of the border hacks deny any sort of bias against anything non-Canadian, so help me I'm going to boycott buying your....I'm gonna' boycott eating the uhm....I'm gonna' stop going to that uhm...place up there that uhm...people go there for and uhm. Yeah, way I see it, there's nothin' up there worth a spit. Hockey's all you got and it tears you up inside, to think that the Russians and the Swedes, heck, the Capitals are doing it a lot better than you guys have to offer. Crosby? Really? He'll go out the way boybands go, year in, year out.

Green, buddy, ain't your fault Frolik wasn't looking where he was skatin'. Trust Canada to blame you for Frolik falling on his duff. Trust their media to get into a tizzy and make it sound like World War III just started. Ain't like we're bawking at Don Cherry and accusing him of public indecency with the craptastic wardrobe he parades in, like a manager of a professional wrestler. Maybe we should....=P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 2, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Mike Green Canadian?

These allegations sound just a bit farfetched. People who whine about media bias are annoying.

Posted by: theamazingmouse | February 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It's about time somebody ripped the blood-stained cloak from around the necks the Canadian bigots.

For a 'tolerant' society that welcomes 'diversity' they seem to be very clannish now that international hockey players like Lidstrom and Ovechkin have become the face of the NHL every bit as much as Crosby.

Hey Canada!

Get with the 21st Century my friends.

If the United States can start to lose basketball games to Argentina and Spain on the international stage, Canada can start to lose hockey games to the youth of other countries.

Hello John Carlson :-)

Toronto hasn't had a Stanley Cup team since 1967.

4 of the teams in the Southeast, Washington, Carolina, Florida and Tampa have ALL been to the Cup Finals since the Leafs were last there.

Enjoy your history Toronto.

And watch Washington and others take the present and future.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I would like to echo the sentiment that the issue really isn't whether or not the Green hit was suspension-worthy or not.

The issue is that, based on precedent, it wasn't a hit that normally warrants a suspension. There have been far worse hits recently, including a hit on *Green Himself* that merited NO Suspension at all.

Perhaps the Cormier incident was they fly that broke the Camel's back, and that Mike Green was simply the unfortunate victim of circumstance that his hit was the first in some New Era of No Tolerance Head-shots for the NHL. The onus is now on the NHL to CONSISTENTLY enforce these rules.

I, personally, am not holding my breath. But, I welcome the league surprising me.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"Secondly, Alex Ovechkin is the most popular player among Canadians. When the Capitals come to Canadian cities, the fans and media go crazy for him because we appreciate great hockey players."

It's possible to be the most popular, but also the most disliked, or most polarizing.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

to Quote Peter Griffin of Family Guy "Canada Sucks"

Posted by: heathdog1119 | February 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

what horrifies Canada's hockey establishment who grew up on Gretzky and Messier is the fact their children now want Ovechkin and Malkin jerseys.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 2, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

There was indisputably a general NHL bias against Ovechkin and it started from day one when the league vigorously promoted Crosby and largely ignored Ovechkin. That has changed to some extent, because Ovechkin is so good, the NHL couldn't ignore him for long. Is May correct that the anti-Russian thing carries over to the general treatment of the Caps? Wouldn't surprise me.

Posted by: poguesmahone | February 2, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, looks like a bunch of Canadians found the Bog today.

Posted by: Ootek | February 2, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. With 16 teams making the playoffs, wake me up in April.

Posted by: eric22 | February 2, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope Canada loses every game in the olympics. People hate on the Caps because their 3 best players are 2 Russians and a Swede. Eff 'em all!

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | February 2, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Back during the Cold War the Soviet Union never targeted Canada with ICBM or with their bombers. Why? Why waste a good nuc on a Canada that would give up w/o a fight.

Everytime I travel to Montreal or Toronto I have to fight off the attractive hot Canadian chicks. Their two complaints are Canadian men have no oral skills and they are way below average in the size department! When an ugly old boy like me can score with hot twenty something Canadian babes something msut be wrong w/ Canadian men!

Posted by: sheepherder | February 2, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

F Canada!

Posted by: tony325 | February 2, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Found above, "Canadian media is an oxymoron" Let's break that down...

oxymoron: conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')

Canada: A country of northern North America.

media: the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines

So either there is no TV north of the border or somebody failed 5th grade English.

Posted by: megatroll1 | February 2, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Why can't people just appreciate great hockey players? Who cares where they come from?

I'm a Caps fan, a Redskins fan, a Wizards/Bullets fan (sad to say) and a Detroit Tigers fan. I was born in Virginia, lived in Arkansas for 32 years (Go Hogs), and I now reside in Florida.

I don't care what country or state the players on my teams come from. Be good people and good players, I say. The only way for the Caps to stop the haters is to win the Cup. That will shut them up.

Posted by: gaspeny | February 2, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkins slew foot that he was fined for was also caused by Darren Dreger making it a big deal on the TSN broadcast also.

Posted by: dusty123 | February 2, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I concur with May. However, I do not think it is just the media. Colin Campbell has made some questionable calls against the Caps while handslapping vicious hits by other teams towards the Caps. He's becoming more than a liability, Colin Campbell is a danger to the health and well being of the Capitals organization and his behavior is blatantly prejudicial.

Coaches, officials and players cannot question Campbell and what I would like to know is whether the NHL is a banana republic with a dictator or an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league?

What I want to know, is what are the procedures to have him removed. He is a danger to the health and well being of our players and there should be some investigation into his calls against the team.

Posted by: etriscari | February 2, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I guess if this media bias continues, the U.S. will have to turn Canada into a parking lot.

Posted by: djdavew2002 | February 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"The majority of Caps fans will of course agree with Alan May. What a joke."

WRONG! I don't agree. First, I don't condone headshots to or by our players & hope Green learns from this deserved suspension.
I also don't see a Canadian media bias against Caps & I regularly read TSN, CBC & other Canadian hockey sites.
There is a definite pro-Canadian teams bias (esp. Leafs), but I think they have been fair in their coverage of the Caps and cover Ovie well and can be laudatory.
(Now HNIC & Don Cherry are another issue - he's a joke. I can correctly pronounce 99 percent of players' & coaches' names. He recently mentioned "Tortorelly" coaching the NYR, and he's supposed to be the professional.)
Bottom line, I disagree and don't quite understand where he's coming from.

Posted by: Highfive8 | February 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If anyone really thinks the NHL and the Canadian media has it in for the Caps because they have Swedish and Russian players I have a question for you: Are you familiar with a team called the Detroit Red Wings? There the team that won four Stanley Cups over the past 15 years. A team that won these with the "Russian Five" and has a Swedish captain, Nicklas Lidstrom to whom Bettman gave the Cup to just two season ago? What on earth are some of you people talking about?

Posted by: LionelMandrake | February 2, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: Minnesota's David Koci (a known, repeat violator) slams Green into the boards, knocking Green out of the game, and Koci gets a 5-minute major and a game misconduct, but is only fined over the incident. Incredibly, the Canadian hockey media blame GREEN for the consequences of the hit because "he should have been more aware of who was on the ice." I seem to remember "Sour Grapes" Don Cherry saying something to the effect that because Boudreau likes to run up the score on opponents that something like Koci's hit on Green was bound to happen.

Now Green hits Frolik and it results in nothing more than a 2-minute minor, yet he is suspended for 3 games. Green has never been in trouble with the NHL before and it was his first suspension. Well, if there is no conspiracy against Green and the Caps, then the League's policy on head shots is most certainly inconsistent, to the point of being ludicrous. No wonder the NHL has so little credibilty amongst sports fans!

Posted by: braunt | February 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

three points from a long time avid caps fan:

1) I do not think Green's elbow was intentional but it was an elbow. to the face. The league has to start making a strong statement. Shame it happens to be Green with the first real incident after the Cormier atrocity in the quebec league or wherever he plays.

2) There is most certainly Canadian bias. They focuse more heavily on canadian teams and canadian player as individuals. It's plain to see.

3) The Canadian media bias also makes sense. yes, there are more U.S. based teams than canadian based ones. There are also far more canadian individuals who are part of the NHL than their are Americans. But mostly.... Their main target market? uh, Canadians. That's like accusing the washington post or comcast sportsnet of having Capitals bias because they cover all the caps games thoroughly but not everything that happens in San Jose.

Posted by: rihardy | February 2, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

one more (sorta unrelated) point

4) I love that I go to games now and the arena is filled to the brim (with the correct colors). But our collective average "youth" in terms of hockey fan age frequently shows and it can be embarassing. Like when half the arena stand up to protest against the refs after a solid defensive play/check by an opposing team. I'm not attacking my own comrades. just conceding - we are collectively still learning. However, Alan May can't really claim protection under this "new fans" umbrella - just a lot of those who agree with him

Posted by: rihardy | February 2, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"The majority of Caps fans will of course agree with Alan May. What a joke."
The majority of Canadians will of course _disagree_ with Alan May. What a joke.

As for the Green hit, I'm of the opinion that the elbow was coincidental, in that Green did not intend to elbow Frolik in the face/head. From watching replays over and over I think Green was trying to line Frolik up for a solid shoulder check but mistimed the hit in part to Frolik's subtle change of direction and the speed both players were going. Frolik also seemed to, at the last second, duck, which lowered his head and thus Green's elbow (more like the side of his bicep) caught Frolik's jaw. I think all Green wanted to do was nail Frolik with a clean shoulder check.

I also agree that the hit looks far worse than it was in the one angle the TSN guys flogged, when it looks like the glancing contact it was in a different angle, which TSN ignores.

And yes, I have seen, read and heard the bias. And I agree that a lot of that bias I think is born of Don Cherry's ignorant, bigoted opinions which he is oh so eager to spout.

That said, I think it's true that a lot of Canadians love Ovechkin, and like the way the Caps play hockey. Who wouldn't want their team to score 4-8 goals a game? Who wouldn't love watching their team throw wave after wave of potent offense at other teams. It's exciting and entertaining and it's a winning system.
GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Hordedog | February 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Alan May rocks! He's my new hero. My wife and I really enjoy his post-game commentary and appreciate his homerism and the fact that he's willing to call guys out when they need to be called out. If you're not a homer, you probably shouldn't be watching Caps Post Game, anyway.

I'm guessing that some of you haters just don't get that May probably feels like he has to be on the other end of the spectrum to make the NHL officials think twice. It's not like they'll listen if he's not controversial.

I think Mike Green was irresponsible in leading with his elbow, but I don't think for a minute that it was intentional -- just not in his character to play that way. Does it warrant a suspension? Yes, in the "no head shots" environment, it has to. But to call it reprehensible? Come on! No way. You can't put it in the same class as Cormier.

Posted by: DCRhino | February 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@dusty123 that's because the Ovechkin slew foot was a dangerous play, and because he's a superstar, if he throws a cheap shot, it's going to get a lot of attention. That's just the way it is. He is known for taking runs and he took a horrible run. Do you expect them to not talk about that in detail?

Get a clue.

I was right, by the way. The majority of commenters here actually DO agree with Alan May, proving that Caps fans know very little about hockey. Take off your tin foil hats. What a fan base...

And as has been mentioned, Green is Canadian. The reason he is not talked about as the league's best defensemen is because he's not - his defense has been questioned time and time again, he is not very physical and does not play good positional defense. We're not talking about +/- here which is more of a team stat or offense - we're talking about DEFENSE.

The more knowledgeable Caps fans understand why he wasn't picked for the Olympics and why people talk about players like Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and Zdeno Chara ahead of Mike Green - that's because those guys know how to play good defense.

There is no conspiracy against the Caps. And just because the Canadian media talks about Canadian teams more doesn't mean they are biased against American teams; it only means they're smart and they talk about the teams Canadians are more interested in... Their own! Duh. It's only smart business. After all, the media needs to make money, that's what it's all about.

If you read TSN and Canadian hockey websites, the Caps ARE absolutely getting their due. Maybe not as much as they should, but people respect them because of their great offense, and those who are paying attention realize that they are a more serious threat this season because their defense is better and have a better mix of forwards this season with guys like Knuble and Fleischmann playing better, etc.

Moral of the story is Alan May is an idiot. Oh and I love how he took a shot at the Devils for absolutely no reason. Ma, you're a joke.

Posted by: LGP6687 | February 2, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I love Alan May's comments and fully support them. He is my new favorite ex-cap.

Posted by: SovietSnipes | February 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or does anyone else notice that the Hockey News Daily newsletter never mention the Caps when they win on the front page, but always does when they lose. Another instance of the Canadian Press biases.

Posted by: inabind | February 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

haha Alan you're a joke!

I'm a die hard Canadian Caps fan. There's no Canadian media bias here. As much as I hated seeing Green being suspended, it was one of the dirtiest elbow's we've seen this season. The NHL doesn't pick on the Caps, give me a break. The Caps are one of the most sacred franchises right now in the league, because of the entertainment they provide.

Stop hating on Canadian media, we know what we're talking about. I can guarantee you TSN's analyst had nothing to do with Green's suspension.


Oh and the reason behind no Canadian team having a russian superstar isn't because Canadians hate russian players...

You're telling me the leafs, or the habs, or the canucks, etc wouldn't want Ovechkin, or Malkin, or Kovalchuk on their team? You're a joke

Posted by: Green-ery | February 2, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

@LGP6687 The Ovechkin "slew foot" was no dangerous than most checks in a game or a trip or a high stick where people are knocked off their skates.

I think you are the one that needs to get a clue.

Posted by: dusty123 | February 2, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Alan May's ramblings (when he can get the words out) are so disjointed it's often difficult to figure out just where his train of thought got derailed.

That said, I think the only reason Greenie got suspended is because of the convulsions and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) suffered by Mikael Tam from Patrick Cormier's INTENTIONAL elbow. The NHL doesn't want ESPN (who aren't out to do the NHL any favors) broadcasting anything that even reminds people of Tam's horrific seizing.

And Lastly, if May wanted to make his point a bit more succinctly he could have called on South Park for help, "Blame Canada!"

Posted by: Kdarienzo | February 3, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

"That said, I think the only reason Greenie got suspended is because of the convulsions and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) suffered by Mikael Tam from Patrick Cormier's INTENTIONAL elbow. The NHL doesn't want ESPN (who aren't out to do the NHL any favors) broadcasting anything that even reminds people of Tam's horrific seizing."

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, If the League is actually taking some sort of new tough stand in light of the Cormier hit, and Green was just an unfortunate victim of circumstance, so be it. But I won't be holding my breath.

There's been countless hit this season the were much worse than the Green hit (One of the dirtiest this year? Are you kidding?), including the aforementioned Koci hit on Green himself. That warranted little, or in the Koci case *NO* suspension.

Another hit on Green, in that very game, was analogous to the knee-to-knee that they suspended Ovechkin for, went by without even a penalty.

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck...There's no need to dismiss the Caps fans as "Paranoid," the proof is in the pudding. You may have a different interpretation, but to a lot of us, the coincidence after coincidence after coincidence...it just starts to get a little "Curious," that's all.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 3, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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