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Getting emotional over Andre Roy



A really interesting situation with Andre Roy, isn't it?

On one hand you have a guy whose emotions help make him a capable enforcer. He may not always win a fight but he is always willing. And good thing the Lightning has him to help keep things honest out there.

But then there is this: Andre Roy has been told repeatedly by the Lightning management and coach John Tortorella to keep his emotions better in check. Just that alone is enough, I would think, for the coach to be mad at his player just for insubordination. He apparently wouldn't even calm down in the locker room between periods after his second fight with Cote. But consider this, too. Andre Roy, in that instance, didn't appear to be jawing with the Flyers to stand up for one of his teammates. Andre Roy wanted to fight someone for himself. Not saying it's wrong. Just saying that is one of the things that was getting under Torts' skin.

Look, wanting to fight someone is fine. If the Flyers were laughing at Roy for the way he was beaten by Riley Cote, get your revenge. I don't recall seeing anyone on the Lightning bench laughing at Cote after Roy beat him up in their first fight.  But getting your revenge can be done without making a spectacle and endangering a league suspension by making a throat-slashing motion.

I love Andre Roy. He's accommodating, funny and accessible. But for goodness sake, if your boss tells you to handle your business responsibly, then you do it responsibly. Go knock Cote out. But do it the right way. Take care of it on the ice. That way you get to play the next day.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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