From a purely optical position, this is the NHL's worst nightmare. Worse than head shots. Worse than concussions. Worse than bankruptcies in unsuitable non-traditional markets. Worse, dare we say, even than Jim Balsillie's unwanted overtures to join the lodge.
When Alex Burrows opened his mouth Tuesday night in the aftermath of a 3-2 ' loss to the to complain about the work of referee Stephane Auger, he said what a lot of people have been thinking for a lot of years.
I'm afraid I don't have a lot of time today given there's a game in a couple hours, but this story has such big implications for the league that I wanted to get this up here.
When the integrity of officials is called into question, as we saw in the NBA last season, it's a huge issue, and this opens the door for more analysis of the league's referees than is really warranted. Officials are not supposed to determine the outcome of a game, and certainly not as the result of some petty grudge for a previous disagreement.
If what Burrows says is true, Auger's job should be in jeopardy.