NHL’s “divers” list: Kesler tagged as offender
In August, news broke from the NHL’s Rule Enforcement Meetings that the creation of a “divers list” -- a log of the league’s most frequent fakers -- was in the works.
Now, one of the names on that list has gone public.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler is a chief culprit.
“Kesler has been identified as an offender,” Dreger explains. “While Kesler plays the game hard, he has been known to exaggerate contact to gain an advantage.”
Chicago’s Dan Carcillo and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin were also mentioned in Dreger’s report. Both had instances during the playoffs (Carcillo in 2010, Malkin this past April) that drew criticism for “trying to mislead referees.”
Along with Kesler, the trio could face some serious humiliation for their antics once play resumes.
Everything from posting pictures of each culprit in every NHL dressing room to re-instituting a fine system, or simply tacking on an additional two-minute penalty to offset the original call is being discussed by hockey operations and will at some point be presented to all NHL general managers for further discussion.
We were unable to confirm, but rumors suggest this will be the Kesler pic: