Ron Rolston Fined for Sunday’s Brawl

Sep 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston reacts during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL released today that Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston has been fined for “player selection and team conduct” as a result of the brawl that took place on Sunday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. There is a strong case to be made that Rolston is not the coach that should be fined.

Rolston sent out John Scott knowing that an altercation would ensue due to the feelings that surrounded the Jamie Devane fight with Corey Tropp. Scott has admitted he would have started an altercation with anyone who was put with him and that it just happened to be Phil Kessel. The fact that Kessel is the Leafs star player (I can’t believe I just wrote that) caused the altercation to escalate to the point that it did. Randy Carlyle was the last to send out his players and his choice of Kessel played a larger role in the brawl than Rolston’s choice of Scott.

Another point about this was raised on twitter by Hugh Burrill of CityNews:

This is a good point made by Burrill. It is the coach’s choice who is put on the ice, Rolston had no idea the situation would turn out like that and neither did Carlyle. A full line brawl was not a plan executed by Rolston therefore why is he held responsible as such.

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Topics: Buffalo Sabres, John Scott, NHL Preseason, Nhl Training Camp, Phil Kessel, Randy Carlyle, Ron Rolston, Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Tim Bayer

    “Randy Carlyle was the last to send out his players and his choice of Kessel played a larger role in the brawl than Rolston’s choice of Scott.”

    Wait a second, who attacked who here?

    • Katrina Capp

      Scott would have went after anyone who was out there. The fact that it was Kessel he went after caused the line brawl to break out. If Kessel wasn’t put out there, it just would have been another fight.

      • Tim Bayer

        And if John Scott wasn’t kept on the ice with orders to fight then John Scott wouldn’t have attacked Phil Kessel. Funny how that works.

        • Katrina Capp

          And if you saw John Scott on the ice why would send out Kessel. Especially with tensions high after the Devane fight.

          • Tim Bayer

            He already said because he thought it would diffuse the situation. Sure, he could’ve sent out another goon, but he didn’t want the situation to escalate. He didn’t expect Scott to go after Kessel. Were you expecting that? I sure wasn’t. Carlyle isn’t at fault for Scott acting like a maniac.

  • BillHK

    Kessel should have had his suspension begin after the pre-season. “The rest of the pre-season” is like giving him a gift.