Audio: Fallout on Kostopoulos suspension

Tom Kostopoulos met the media after today’s practice to discuss his suspension and reiterated his remorse for having injured Toronto’s Mike Van Ryn with a check into the boards in Toronto on Saturday. Audio from the dressing room (Carbo courtesy of Andie Bennett from The Team 990):

• Head coach Guy Carbonneau on the suspension;
• Carbonneau on Kostopoulos’s’ hit;


  1. Nahlsy says:

    Let’s see how many games Brown in LA gets after his horrific cheap shot on Ribeiro near the end of the Stars/Kings game tonight. (My guess… knowing Colon Campbell… 0, just like Colon’s IQ)

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  3. Hoegarden says:

    Excellent read once again Robert !

  4. Ian G Cobb says:

    I thought the hit on Andre K. was more intensional, but the game was in Toronto. Both hits were wrong and stupid, but like DD said, double standard.

  5. DD says:

    Can you spell ‘Double Standard’

  6. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Well said…

    While it’s easy to defend our own players… that’s a key observation… especially as you say, TK’s gloves were on and his hands down when he was attacked.

    Tom isn’t Chris Simon – he’s not a dirty player and it’s a shame that this incident will brand him so.

    “I like women and I like cake ” – HIO Summit 2008

  7. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    Very good observation. I remember the Souray/Koivu scenario. But, I don’t expect much from too many NHL refs these days. Their consistency is inconsistency…

  8. showey47 says:

    I’m surprised this never came up but does anyone think coliacovo should of recieved a 2 min/5 for instigating? I don’t blame him for standing up for his team mates but he did attack t.k. afterwards. Remember when souray jumped armstrong when he drove koivu? We ended up with a captain who had his bell rung,being shorthanded for 7 minutes and no souray for the rest of the game. The sad part was the replayed showed armstrong dropping his gloves first. Carlo clearly attacked while tk’s arms were down. But i doubt the home town boys fraser/mccreary wanted to leave the leafs down to 4 dmen for 2 and a half periods.

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  10. McManager says:

    TK sounds depressed. I don’t know how anyone could compare him to the cheap-shot specialists that exist in the league… You have to hope that he doesn’t lose his spark, because it’s his energy that’s earning him a spot on the fourth line.

  11. Hockey11 says:

    This is a dead issue except to say that reckless players like TK and Laps, under the current rules, will continue to hit players in that fashion. This is the only way they keep their spot in the league. Until the rules change expect more of the same. If you use your body as a projectile you will hit the mark from time to time. A 220 lbs missile at 25 miles an hour hitting an object at rest against an immovable object spells DANGER or worse, yes, it will happen folks, sooner than later.

  12. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    how long are we going to keep talking about this?

    Kostop is a great player, puts his heart on his sleeve, sticks up for his teammates, battles the giants without hesitation, led the team in scoring during the war against the goons….oh, thats right, Kostop IS a big part of our team.

    at the end of the day its VANRYANS fault 110% dammit!!
    we’ve seen hundreds of hits at the end boards and the players (both) ride it out against the glass SIDEWAYS – the kid vanryan turned his back – done, big mistake….it was a cowardly move and it cost him.

    thats why the vets always give a little tap with their stick letting the brethren know there coming. This punk is a wet noodle along with the rest of those bastard leafs who were falling all over the ice and running to the bench crying for wilson to clean the snot from their nose…pathetic.

    lets move on…

  13. Hockey11 says:

    Gee and I thought we were outplayed and acted like pussys. Being a homer is one thing but these hits are bad for the game and if we lost Markov on a similar hit y’all would be singing a different tune.

  14. splurge says:

    I think we’ve beat this topic down to death. Leave it and move on, i’m sure there are hundreds of new things to talk about from now on.

  15. habscup25 says:

    Colin Campbell put his foot in his mouth on this one… I agree with the suspension, but Colin explained he had to suspend TK for the results that occurred.

    So what did Kurt Sauer do on AK46 was perfectly legal? Didn’t Andre get concussed and miss a week? Shouldn’t he be suspended for at least 1 game for that hit?

    Does that mean that on any physical contact that hurts someone will warrant a suspension? (even if the hit is deemed legal in the NHL rulebook)

    I have a feeling that this year there will be a lot more suspensions.


  16. Nahlsy says:

    Or even worse, the Weight attack on Sutter a few weeks ago. Colon Campbell (spelled that way because he acts like a colon) is a complete nimrod, you should see the comments he made about concussion victims and head hunters about a year ago in an article about head injuries in the Toronto Star. He actually believes most of these guys are faking concussions to collect insurance money without having to play.

  17. nick says:

    Dave, you asked a few of the guys if they thought the league was being inconsistent about the calls and suspensions. I can’t help to think you were refering to the hit Sauer put on A.Kostitsyn.

  18. Morenz7 says:

    Komi may not want to point fingers, but I’m more than happy to aim mine at Kovalev. We’re back to bad old Kovy, and that is troubling for everyone. I’m looking for some serious effort from him tonight. I don’t care if he scores. I want to know he cares.

  19. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    the only time KOVY appears to not care is when some brainless play is made while he is on…his game is puck possession and he expects that from his linemates (including the defense) – if there is no play to make going forward then you circle back or pass the puck back and try to enter the opponents zone from somewhere else – the icing and long missed passes are not his game.

    So, when we are in trouble or don’t have our heads up, making low percentage passes, thats when things are not happening and KOVY gets frustrated, either going to the bench or going all the way back behind his own net and carries the puck the length of the ice, drawing 3 or 4 defenders which increases his chance of losing the puck. As well when he enters the opponents zone how many times have you seen him skate around the entire area in a circle, looking for either a shot or high skill level pass….thats Kovy.

    be careful not to confuse what his game style is with a lack of effort.
    he plays at a level most players cannot even comprehend.

  20. Habs fan in SF says:

    hey did chelly ever get a suspension for this hit on brian propp? he totally got his elbow up. with that said, i wish we had vintage chelios on our D right now …

  21. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    Excellent interview with TK, guys. This guy is quality and heart, and his words only made that clearer.

    I felt bad for Tom when asked if he would do it differently if the situation occurred again. He mentioned taking an extra second to read the player, but in reality that’s not going to happen because much of what takes place in those high speed, aggressive plays is instinctive. Besides, by giving players extra time you lose coverage and become much less effective on the fore-check. That translates into press-box time.

    Tom, keep playing hard and grinding down the opposition – it’s your role as a 4th liner. You’ve got great character and the team could use a few more guys with that kind of passion and determination.

  22. Nahlsy says:

    The reckless player on Saturday was Van Ryn. He saw Kostopolous coming and put himself in harm’s way intentionally to draw a penalty (as they’re being coached to do in minor leagues these days sadly) Kostopolous was trying to deliver a should check and Van Ryn faked him out. If Kost doesn’t throw that hit, he doesn’t have a job in this league because he’s sent down for not finishing his checks *end of story*

    Kostopolous was suspended because the Habs are playing too well and the Leafs media are cry babies.

  23. Hockey11 says:

    It’s no different than my my kids hockey games. A hit from behind in minor hockey is a game ejection and suspension. Many times it is the result of a kid turning but if you weren’t trying to ram the kid into hells half acre then you would not get ejected.

  24. krob1000 says:

    These aren’t kids and the hit was not from behind when he started as VERY CLEARY SHOWN in the frame by frame pictures you have now seen as well. Van Ryn turned, was too far from the boards, had the misfortune of a weird bounce, etc. I agree a penalty was deserved much like an errant high stick…regardless of intent you have to be in control of your body and your stick. However, the suspension (which I am not in agreeance of but absolutely understand)was a direct result of the publicity and the fact the game was a Hall of Fame game, in Toronto and on Saturday night. It was also a fourth liner taking out arguably the LEafs best defenseman. All of these things together are what prompted this suspension…the hit itself is one that as someone else pointed out before happens on nearly a nighty basis. Guys don’t always end up witht he injuries Van Ryn did though. I am fine with the suspension….because it is Kosto, and because I understand the pressure and also the need to harness the out of control clowns who run around doing this stuff all of the time…(ahem…Hollweg). Kosto made the hit int he wrong place at the wrong time and while void of ANY intent it is unfortunately his tough luck. Guys can dot his anytime they want…turn and draw a penalty…they would be idiots to do so given the risk but this is a grey area that will always exist. You can’t rpredict another guys movement but you can let up a bit if there is ANY question……unfortunately it will take 10 more years before the generation of the STOP sign is fully arrived. They SHOULD in theory all have this thougth process “built in”. Trying to chagne guys who make a living as hitters and hustlers who have done what they do for 25 years is not going to be a perfect process. Sorry MR. Van Ryn and sorry Tommy K… are both victims..although I am certain Tom K is happier being the healthy victim who may miss three games but can stay in shape.

  25. 24 Cups says:

    krob – I read somewhere today that Hollweg stated TTB should get a 20 game suspension. LMAO at the irony of that statement.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  26. Morenz7 says:

    I think that was Wilson, but it was after a reporter suggested TK was a repeat offender on hits from behind. Which we now know is not true. His previous suspension was for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of a game.

  27. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    Good take on Kovy and well said.

    Puck possession and circling back and waiting for a play I can understand. But, the cross-ice giveaways can’t be explained and they are so high-risk.

    He’ll get back on the points train soon…

  28. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    yeah – those cross-ice, saucer/gretzky patented passes are a nightmare when they don’t work, and lately he’s been guilty of fumbling that exact pass!

    its like he’s run out of options, but the last option is he should just keep the puck shielded near the boards and wait for help…better to cough it up in tight then let the puck go lose on open ice…

  29. twocents says:

    I agree with Howie above. Sure Kovy’s playing his game but his sense of urgency and intensity are awol. Bob is keeping a scorecard on our big name free agent forwards and so far I would have to say that Koivu, Tangauy and Pleks are all making solid arguments for further investment. Kovy, Higgins(he needs more games) and Lang(he’s a long shot for resigning IMO) are all on the fence and it’s up to them to step up. Like Howie said, it’s not just about points either.

  30. Morenz7 says:

    My head agrees with you, Prof. Maybe he’s looking especially bad because he does cling to the puck as no other player is able to do and when he loses it, or makes a boner play, it’s quite conspicuous.

    But my gut tells me he’s simply not playing with the same resolve, verve, spirit of self-sacrifice as he did last year.

  31. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    true, but it will come – remember star vets don’t need to prove themselves everynight….only when it really counts, and mark my words, when its time for a big play, or a big goal…it will be KOVY.

  32. Natrous says:

    Markov’s not naive enough to think he could avoid a hit or injury by turning to face the boards. There is no doubt that we were outplayed and out-everything’d else, but it was early enough in the game when VanRyn was hit to cause a major cramp for the Habs.

    I’m not saying the hit caused the rest of the meltdown, but it certainly didn’t help keep the train on the tracks.

  33. Xtrahabsfan says:

    That’s hitting the nail on the head!

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