A reactionary tweet by disgraced NHL referee Tim Peel following Nazem Kadri’s injury Saturday night has caused a stir around hockey circles.
The tweet, which simply read “KARMA!,” was quickly deleted by Peel, perhaps based on his own better judgement, but not before one user nabbed a screenshot and shared it.
— z - Ricky Weimer (@shecalledmerick) June 5, 2022
The hit by Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane resulted in Kadri leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. After the game, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar shared that his star pivot would be out for the remainder of the series and potentially longer, while the NHL announced Sunday that Kane would have a hearing for the hit.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 5, 2022
Peel hasn’t been allowed to referee an NHL game since March 2021, when a hot mic caught him saying that he "wanted to call a penalty" during a Red Wings-Predators matchup. The NHL released a statement following that incident saying that he would no longer be working NHL games.
Following his dismissal, Peel joined Twitter in August later that year and has found himself in hot water multiple times over his 10 months on the platform. Just last week, Peel shared a separate inflammatory tweet, also about Kadri, amid Kadri's saga with Jordan Binnington that has also since been deleted.
The two posts, combined with others Peel has allegedly tweeted and since deleted (is anybody else noticing a pattern here), opens a pandora's box surrounding the efficacy of NHL refereeing. Of course, Peel is no longer employed by the NHL and is free to share his thoughts on the game, but it does raise some concern as to how much a referee’s prior bias goes into the decisions they make.
Tim Peel is the reason fans don't trust refs, he exposed the entire thing to us. Look at the now deleted "Karma" tweet he posted in reference to Nazem Kadri's injury - clear bias. If he's goofy enough to tweet something so stupid, he shouldn't have been a coward and deleted it.
— Avalanche Forever (@citchmook) June 5, 2022
Weird that all the people telling me that Tim Peel and other refs never play favourites or hold grudges are suddenly quiet 🤔
NHL reffing is a joke and the whole system needs a rehaul. https://t.co/jYlELbztTr
— Filipe Dimas (@FilipeDimas) June 5, 2022
Tim Peel is really showing some insight into the mind of an NHL referee that we all expected to be true but never thought would be said out loud.
— Matt LaBelle (@mattlabelle) June 5, 2022
I honestly think the likeliest explanation for why Kane doesn't get ejected is just that the refs assumed Kadri was selling/wasn't actually hurt, I mean, literally last week Tim Peel (who was reffing games 14 months ago) was tweeting with his whole chest about Kadri's reputation
— can't spell passion without ass (@mostlyleafies) June 5, 2022
Despite Kadri’s absence, the Avalanche dropped the Oilers 4-2 on Saturday to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. The juggernaut Avs will have a chance to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 on Monday.
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