"We feel that the measures taken by Michigan State are appropriate and consistent with the parameters of the sanctions that were being contemplated by the league," league commissioner Tom Anastos said in a news release.
It certainly sounds like the league is not inclined to levy any further punishment and next year Steve Kampfer is going to have to skate against the goons who knocked him unconscious and slashed him in the head. This is not a penalty. State's season is over. It was over the moment this assault occurred, guaranteeing a season sweep at the hands of Michigan and resigning State to last place in the CCHA. If this penalty is the only one levied, there will be no lasting impact to either the Michigan State program or the careers of Conboy and Tropp. The net penalty to the program and the players: NOTHING. Zero. This is cosmetic. It is not enough. It is not 10% of enough.
As a reminder:
At an absolute bare minimum of acceptability neither of these players can ever be suffered to play Michigan and Steve Kampfer again. If this is the only penalty levied the CCHA has basically abstained on serious repercussions.
Steve Kampfer takes his status as a Wolverine to heart, albeit in this case its the variety with an adamantium skeleton:
Junior defenseman Steve Kampfer appears set to play in the GLI, Berenson said last Friday, and he'd likely be paired with Tristin Llewellyn or Chad Langlais. The tournament would be Kampfer's first games since suffering a fractured skull and other injuries during an alleged on-campus assault by suspended Michigan football player Mike Milano on Oct. 12.
"If we can continue in the direction we're going and there's no setbacks, I think he'll play," Berenson said.
With Brandon Burlon and Greg Pateryn playing well and Matt Rust and Aaron Palushaj off at the WJC, might we see a (possibly temporary) return of Chris Summers to forward? I guess it's a matter of whether you'd rather scratch Pateryn or someone of the Lebler/Glendening/Fardig ilk.
In any case, the next few games will be critical for Michigan's season and getting one of their top three defensemen back on the ice should be a great help.
Oh and also… what is going on at State?
Defenseman Ryan Turek was released from the team for failing to meet the expectations of the team. Turek's lack of success is pretty disappointing. He was a 4th round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues--incidentally, drafted in the same round by the same team as Travis Erstad, who is now playing D-3 hockey. Turek was also among the first group of "early commits" to choose a school years in advance of actually enrolling in college.
Also departing the team for juniors is an overmatched freshman who should return as a sophomore next season. Comley's going to have a hell of a hole to dig out of next year. Lerg and (likely) Jeff Petry depart, and there doesn't appear to be a ton of help on the way. This might be the beginning of the end for Comley.