Lemieux Sounds Off On NHL

-As many of you have already heard, Penguins legend and Co-Owner Mario Lemieux had some strong words to say to the NHL today following the suspensions given to the New York Islanders last night.

The statement said: “Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn’t hockey. It was a travesty. It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that.

“The NHL had a chance to send a clear and strong message that those kinds of actions are unacceptable and embarrassing to the sport. It failed.

“We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that those kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful disciplinary action.

“If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.”

-Clearly, Lemieux is frustrated with the way the NHL is functioning right now. He should be, in my opinion. Trevor Gillies should have gotten more than a nine game suspension. What he did was totally uncalled for and was one of the classless plays I have ever seen in sports. Mario has saved the Penguins multiple times. Maybe he can save hockey now.

Readers: Is Lemieux right? What should be done about this?

Additional Notes:

-The Penguins have the day off tomorrow and will practice at Southpointe on Tuesday. I will be attending the practice. Be sure to follow the updates from it on my Twitter: @ThePensNation