NHL Sues Bleacher Report

Eric NaughtonCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

DALLAS - JANUARY 23:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the press after meeting with the Board of Governors at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel on January 23, 2007 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Shortly after the announcement that Chicago Blackhawks' coach, Joel Quenneville, would be fined $10,000 for criticizing the officiating in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals, the NHL sued Bleacher Report.

The legal brief states that the writers of Bleacher Report "did irreparable harm to the reputation of the NHL, its officials and its commissioner... especially its commissioner."

The suit continued, "Gary Bettman has saved hockey for the enjoyment of many future generations of hockey fans in the United States of America.  The NHL resents any and all accusations by writers of Bleacher Report that its officials are blind, are favoring one team over another, using the jumbotron to make calls, or that they suck."

The NHL is suing for an undisclosed amount of money as well as a typed, single-spaced letter of apology from every Bleacher Report writer to Gary Bettman, the NHL, each official of Game Four, and every official who has worked a game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year.

Reports indicate that the NHL is also seeking a blanket restraining order against Bleacher Report writers in order to keep them from making claims of conspiracy theories and speculating on the future location of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Legal pundits have dismissed the suit as frivolous and is sure to be dismantled by anyone who has read the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

A poll of many hockey fans indicates that they hope the disciplinary action against Quenneville will result in the NHL Officials Association taking responsibility for the improvement of their members' abilities on the ice.

The next week will be a litmus test to see if coaches, general managers, hockey broadcasters and sports writers will do anything or say anything about this latest ridiculousness from the NHL.