Per reports in the San Jose Mercury News and on Yahoo Sports, San Jose’s Ryane Clowe will not face any supplemental discipline for interfering with play from the bench last night. The Mercury News also noted that there isn’t expected to be any supplemental discipline for any of the hits in last night’s game, including those by Kyle Clifford and Colin Fraser.
It’s interesting to note the number of fans, and even reporters, who have drawn parallels between the Clowe incident and the clock incident at Staples Center, as though one would excuse the other. At the risk of beating a dead horse, that once again indicates what an awful job the league has done in explaining the clock incident. Gary Bettman, on his TV/radio show yesterday, was asked directly about the incident — by a blog reader, no less — and basically said the league has no idea what happened that night. Bettman did, however, toss out the little nugget that the clock operator from that night is no longer working the clock at Staples Center. Why didn’t Bettman note that the operator is a league employee? And why even bring it up, unless there’s a shred of evidence of wrongdoing? That was very poor. So, the point is, it’s difficult to blame people who will draw parallels, given that the league can’t — or won’t — give a coherent explanation.