Don't expect Predators forward Jordin Tootoo to extend a warm welcome to San Jose defenseman Brad Staubitz when the two teams meet tonight.
The unusual circumstances involving a fight between the two last week in San Jose prompted the Predators to call the matter to the NHL's attention.
Staubitz — in mixed martial-arts fashion — used his padded elbow to hammer Tootoo several times, bloodying Tootoo's face and forcing Tootoo to miss a large chunk of the game while getting medical attention.
Neither Tootoo, Predators General Manager David Poile nor league executives had ever seen such a tactic used. There's no specific rule that addresses it — or forbids it.
All right, so looking at the video, it's tough to see the elbow, but it does appear that at one point, that's what Staubitz is swinging. I'm not sure that it's intentional, but you can imagine the damage that would do:
It's incredible that Tootoo can walk after a beating like that. And that he might want a rematch tonight.
What do you think?