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10/15/07 3:51 PM
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Flyers waive suspended Boulerice Last Updated: Monday, October 15, 2007 | 3:20 PM ET CBC Sports Jesse Boulerice, suspended last week by the NHL for 25 games, was placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. Boulerice was suspended for a cross-check to the face of Vancouver's Ryan Kesler during a game last Wednesday. It's the second time Philadelphia has moved a suspended player off the roster in less than a month. The Flyers assigned Steve Downie to the American Hockey League after he incurred a 20-game ban for a preseason hit on Ottawa's Dean McAmmond. Downie could have been free to resume playing hockey, but the AHL instituted a matching ban. Philadelphia's latest move could lead to more calls for NHL clubs to be punished for violent acts committed by individual players. Otherwise, the argument goes, teams will be able to cast off fringe players without having their rosters affected. The 25-game ban given to Boulerice matched the largest suspension in league history for an on-ice incident. New York Islanders forward Chris Simon was handed the same penalty last March for his stick-swinging attack to the face of New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg. Simon returned from his suspension on Saturday. "I think we're in agreement that there's no place in the game for this anymore," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said last week. "I do think it was an isolated incident. Jesse lost his composure, lost his cool. It's something that's not the right thing to do, at any time." It was the second violent incident in Boulerice's career. While playing for the Plymouth Whalers, he received a one-year ban from the Ontario Hockey League and was charged with assault to do great bodily harm less than murder after hitting Andrew Long of the Guelph Storm during a 1998 game. Boulerice, 29, has mostly played in the minors in a decade-long professional career. He has appeared in 167 NHL games, scoring just 10 points with 319 penalty minutes. The Flyers signed the Plattsburgh, N.Y., native as an unrestricted free agent before the season after he won a job in training camp. Kesler, 23, suffered swelling in his jaw and lip and bruising to his face from the cross-check, but returned to Vancouver's lineup for weekend games against Edmonton. With files from the Canadian Press
10/15/07 10:17 PM
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well, fuck y'all.
10/18/07 12:33 AM
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Another one bites the dust. I can't imagine Philly wanting to take the cap hit for either of those mooks to sit in the presbox

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