UPDATE: Kessel has been suspended 3 preseason games.
The events of Sunday night’s Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Buffalo Sabres were surreal to say the least. John Scott going after Phil Kessel was the inciting force for a full blown line brawl that ultimately ended in a hearing for Kessel today at 4 pm eastern time. The reason for this hearing is that when Scott went after Kessel, rather than drop the gloves Kessel decided to swing his stick at Scott.
This can be seen as either a really smart move or a really dumb move by Kessel. It was really dumb because it is going to cost him a suspension. It was really smart because Scott is 6’8″ and Kessel doesn’t even hit, let alone fight. Now the main controversy surrounding the situation is why Scott and Kessel were out on the same shift.
Tensions were high due to a fight between Jamie Devane and Corey Tropp. Devane was not an even match for Tropp which resulted in him getting KO’d. The Sabres were not happy about this so naturally coach Ron Rolston sent out tough guy John Scott to send a message. Randy Carlyle sent out Phil Kessel to be paired with Scott (still unclear as to the reasoning put behind that one) and then all hell broke loose.
My question is: what was Carlyle thinking sending out Kessel? What do you think? Vote in the poll below and leave your reasoning in the comment box below, on facebook, or on twitter. Also check back for the verdict of Kessel’s hearing I will post it here.