From NHL.com this morning…
“There were four refs on the ice and they didn’t call anything. If they called a match penalty it would be different. There was no intent, there was no reason why I would try to go and hurt him. It was a pure accident, that’s why they called it tripping, so I’m not worried at all.”–Georges Laraque
No intent, huh? Your knee just sort of accidentally stuck itself out? Why would you try and hurt him? Maybe it’s because you’re a goon. You’re not paid to score goals, block shots, kill penalties…you’re paid to enforce. What’s more believable: that it was purely accidental, or that you were frustrated because you were already taking a bad penalty so you made a stupid decision? I’m thinking it’s the latter.
Basically, whatever suspension he is handed down isn’t long enough. This was a fourth line player taking out a top echelon defenseman. Laraque may get 1-5 games, but what about Kronwall? He could be out for two months. If you ask me, a blatant cheap shot such as this should see the offender be suspended for the duration of time spent on the sideline for the victim. Think Georgey boy would think twice about sticking his leg out if that were the case?