If it had happened one day later, it would’ve looked even more suspicious.
Today the Atlanta Thrashers recalled forward Patrice Cormier from the AHL in time to face Pittsburgh tonight. Cormier, a former New Jersey second-round pick, is most famous as of now for this:
Cormier was suspended for the remainder of the 2009-10 season after he threw that elbow last January. Now to Cormier’s credit, in almost a year since that incident he has kept his nose clean. But at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, he definitely adds more bulk to an already hefty Atlanta front line in advance of the Bruins’ visit to Philips Arena Thursday night.
In addition to looking for revenge for their 4-1 loss in Boston last week, the Thrashers, of course, might be looking for a pound of flesh after the line brawl that was highlighted by Milan Lucic’s knockout punch to Freddy Meyer when both players were being restrained.
The Thrashers publicly voiced little displeasure of the NHL’s decision to fine but not suspend Lucic for the incident.
Meyer had started the entire melee with a high hit on Lucic. Then Andrew Ference jumped Meyer.
“It’s the league’s decision,” Meyer told the AJC. “They obviously had some kind of review of the case and thought the appropriate discipline would be a fine versus a suspension. I don’t have a real opinion on it. It is what it is.
“The league obviously thought it was a clean hit. I didn’t get any disciplinary action from the hit.”
Cormier, according to hockeyfights.com, has earned two fighting majors in the AHL this season. A more likely candidate to challenge Lucic would be Eric Boulton or Chris Thorburn. But assuming Cormier sticks around after tonight’s game, the Thrashers have plenty of physical options to attempt to punish the Bruins.