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The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:30 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 12:03 am
By: Adam Gretz

Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott is known around the NHL as a pest and an agitator.  He's the type of player that you want on your team as a player or a fan, and the type you loathe when he's on an opposing team.

Basically, it's his job to get under the skin of opposing players on the ice, and if it should happen to come up, I guess coaches as well.

At the conclusion of the first period of Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia, which the Flyers won by a 4-1 margin, Ott had a bit of an exchange with Flyers coach Peter Laviolette as the two teams headed to their locker rooms with the Flyers holding a 2-1 lead.

To call that a shove might be overstating it just a bit. It was more of a "get out of my way" type of thing (and the cynic in me can't help but wonder if there was some playing up to the HBO camera's that are following the Flyers for 24/7). Because the two benches share the same tunnel to their respective locker rooms, there's a chance something like this can happen in the heat of the moment.

Words were exchanged, as were "shoves" and it will be interesting to catch this moment on HBO next Wednesday to see what, exactly, was said at that moment.

Here's what Ott had to say after the game about the Flyers' coach: "He obviously thought he has a higher power than everyone else and a little bit more arrogance."

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Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:54 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

For once, I am ready for the Flyers to develop and keep young gritty players like some of the unexpected success stories like Read. I agree the defense needs some depth. However, why mess with the offense ? The front lines are playing great !

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:34 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

Flyers in mix for Iginla, Weber, and Ryan.

JVR(900k) and Carle (4M) and a first round pick for Iginla (7M)..

Meszaros (4M) and Schenn (2M) for Weber (7M)

Bobrovsky (900K), Read (500K), and Rowe (900K) for Ryan(5.5M). 

all of these bring more salary for the Flyers but if you cancel out Pronger's 14M then it easily balances things out. Weber is a FA after the season, both Iginla and Ryan still have more years on their contracts.

This team has really good chemistry, as much as i love these players and as much as Ryan and Weber have also been linked to the Rangers, and I dont want to see them there either, I dont know if I would change this many roster spots. I would prefer using JVR, Bob, Carle, and Rowe for Ryan and Weber (younger than Iginla) I really liked the moves the Flyers made this past offseason, to ship out so many of those moves would be really hasty. Either way I always appreciate aggressive persuit to get better.  

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:30 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:24 pm
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Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:03 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

Lighten up, starblazer.  While it's true the Flyers were loaded with goons that served to push the limits of the league rules and intimidate other teams, you make it sound like it was a fluke they won the cup.  The fact of the matter was the Flyers had the best talent in the league those two years led by supertalents in Clarke, McLeish, Barber, Leach, and Parent.  A team doesn't win two consecutive cups by just marching out a goon squad alone. 

I doubt too many consider it a black mark in the history of the NHL.  The NHL wasn't a clean sport before 1975 and it certainly isn't much cleaner today.  All you have to do see the number of brawls, concussions, and cheap shots that occur on a regular basis in today's game. It's not like it was some elegant sport that was defaced by their brawling tactics.  Aside from you and a minority few others I doubt too many considered them a joke.

I wouldn't be too quick to point out our cup drought.  It's not like the Rangers have had a string of championships either.  They won a cup 17 years ago; their first in 54 years.  The Flyers have been in the league since 1967, while the Rangers have been in the league since 1926.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:24 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

magnum, who really cares, blah blah blah......there are PLENTY of DIE-HARD Bruins fans...original six team. so give it a rest.
i know your mad cause the Bruins are the Champs but deal with it!!

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:12 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

LOLOL I find it hilarious that a Rangers fan is calling anyone a middle of the pack team. If the Flyers are a middle of the pack team, than the Rangers must be down near the a$$hole of the league
The Rangers are only 4 points back with 2 games in hand, genius. When was the last time the Flyers won the Cup?

Er, 1975. Their only 2 Stanley cups teams(1974 & 1975) were loaded with goons and cheapshot artists. The 70's Flyers were a black mark on the history of the NHL. Everyone outside of Philly hates them and considers them a joke.

Don't worry you'll be celebrating the 37th straight year without a cup.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:58 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

I have a close friend of mine who lived in Worcester,MA when the Patriots sucked in the late 80's. He told me at the time local radio stations were giving away free tickets to that relic of a stadium because they couldn't get anywhere near capacity in the dying Grogan years. 

Boston's roots have always been with the Celtics and Red Sox. I give Bostonians huge props for their Red Sox loyalty despite Bucky Dent and 1986 WS that I witnessed growing up. Although interest waned after Bird, Parrish and McHale left, I recall there still being solid sellouts at  The Boston Garden too.

HOWEVER, The fans turned their backs collectively on the Bruins big time until the last couple seasons. When the Patriots finally started being a great team with Belichick, they jumped on that bandwagon too. It started with Parcells actually after Bledsoe was drafted. Prior to that Patriots fans, reread my first paragraph. I recall Bruins fans were apathetic and turned on the product during the Joe Thornton "one and done" years. PLEASE do not act like The Bruins have the same roots in your town as the Celtics and Red Sox. They don't. Just like the Patriots, you didn't support the product until it was elite !

I'm not completely letting Philly off the hook. Philly has supported 3 of their 4 teams through thick and thin. I admit 76ers interest has waned greatly since the Dr J, Barkley and AI years. Boston is 2 for 4 as far that quality goes.  

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:49 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

I would of done the EXACT same thing if I was Lavy. Ott was being a jackass who cut him off. Just like I open doors for people, players should show coaches respect and give them the "Right of Way." 

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:35 pm

The Peter Laviolette-Steve Ott 'shove'

I just don't see why Laviolette couldn't just exit the ice with his team or be respectful and wait for the Stars to exit the ice? I guess he really did have to take a $#!T and didn't want to pull a JoPA!

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