Open Letter to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:
Get over yourself, you donkey.
NHL Deputy Commissioner/Bettman Lapdog Bill Daly has always rubbed me the wrong way. Not just for the fact that he looks like a penis, but also for his arrogance and blathering "Bettman's Yes Man" routine. I found him to be particularly unctuous during the lockout. He's essentially of the Tony Snow of the Bettman administration. Or, more frighteningly, the Karl Rove of the Bettman Administration.
Well, after the Rangers and Islanders renewed acquaintances the other night, Russo brought up the question of why Chris Simon was allowed to play in the preseason while Sean Hill was not. Both still have games left under their respective suspensions (Simon's for bashing Ryan Hollweg in the face with his stick, and Hill for allegedly failing a drug test for a banned substance), but the Wild had been told that Hill was not eligible for preseason games, while apparently the Islanders were told something different about Simon. This is not to say that Hill SHOULD have been able to play in the preseason, but that if he couldn't, Simon shouldn't have either.
As a side commentary, it's this kind of discontinuity in operational decisions by the NHL that makes it look like the second-tier league the rest of the free world regards it as.
So Russo emailed the league with his query. He posted the response he got from Daly in the paper today and this is the quote from Daly's email:
"Terms of suspensions are case specific. Sean Hill's does not allow him to play."
Typical beauracratic, double-speak, obfuscatory, arrogant idiocy.