Tocchet’s Hockey Fate Still Undetermined
While Rick Tocchet’s legal outcome has been determined (as long as Tocchet continues to stay on the right side of the law), his hockey future is still up in the air.
Jerry Brown of the East Valley Tribune thinks Tocchet will be suspended from the NHL one more season before being allowed to coach again.
Hartley Henderson of MajorWager.com breaks out the legalese before suggesting Gary Bettman will ban Tocchet from the NHL for good. Henderson rightfully points out that the NHL has been quite forgiving in the past, and could continue that trend, especially with Wayne Gretzky wanting Tocchet to return.
Scott Burnside of ESPN.com doesn’t make a prediction, but summarizes some of the public opinions being made before getting into what the league might do with Mark Bell during this time of intense public scrutiny of athletes.