Remember when Sean Avery was in Dallas and the league suspended him basically for being a jerk? He just couldn't help but run his mouth to any microphone he could find. I hope the league takes Rinaldo's actions AND his words into account when deciding on his suspension. Rinaldo, like the rest of the names above, is one of the most hated players in the league. This group could certainly be expanded to include other players, but I would dare say those five are the headliners of the league's troublemakers. I read things online about how the league needs to take care of players like them and how they shouldn't be in the NHL. While I agree that they really shouldn't have a place in the game, I do not agree that it's on the league to take them out of it. There have been dirty, hated players since the league's inception. The fact of the matter is, it's not the league who employs them. It's not Gary Bettman, it's not Colin Campbell. Talk to the GM of those teams. They're the ones who sign these guys to contracts and allow them to dirty the game.
One step further, it's not just the GM's, the players need to take some onus here, too. Instigator rule be damned, if you want these guys to stop running around, it's the guys on the ice who need to put it to an end. Sure, no one wants to do it because every potential two points count for the standings and time in the box hurts the team. Still, hear me out. I've never heard players in Philadelphia speak negatively about Rinaldo. But I wonder how they feel about Marchand. And vice versa. You can't tell me the players on these teams have a problem with guys on the other team, but they're fine with the issue on their team. It's hypocrisy and I refuse to believe this isn't a thought throughout those locker rooms. I would imagine that anyone who played the game or sports in general is aware of Kangaroo Court. The players police themselves. They hold each other accountable. You want to get rid of hits and comments like Rinaldo made? I blame the teams themselves. The players and GM's of each team need to take some responsibility for the problems these players create. Get out there and run these guys. Give them a taste of what they bring. You can argue that it's contradictory that to get rid of these problems the players need to have it done to them, but I will ask you this: what happens to the bully who gets punched in the face? Sorry peacemakers, it's time to fight.