The leagues hesitance to deal with this is making it worse.

The leagues hesitance to deal with this is making it worse.

Freak
Freak

April 18th, 2012, 1:53 am #1

The decision should have come down yesterday. Any other team would have had their punishment by now. The league stalling seems to show a hesitance to discipline the Pens.

The favouritism continues
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TimZ
TimZ

April 18th, 2012, 2:08 am #2

except for the injury. Hossa did not see that coming at all and too old to bounce of it like Couts. Now the league has to look at the Neal hit in that context and give them no wiggle room on it.
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Loki
Loki

April 18th, 2012, 2:13 am #3

to the result: injury or no injury.

If they do that, then you end up with a game rife with South American soccer player type antics. It would encourage players to embelish and stay down on the ice, injured or not.

They really need to just look at the hit and decide if it was a head shot or not and take the injury part out of the equation.

There's already enough heads snapping back to try and draw penalties without tying suspensions to injuries.
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TimZ
TimZ

April 18th, 2012, 2:21 am #4

they deserve the same punishment and whatever difference there is in the suspension show how much the league. You can't give Torres a 30 game suspension and only suspend Neal one game. The league created this bind by waiting too long.
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Loki
Loki

April 18th, 2012, 2:28 am #5

I've just heard about considering whether a player got injured or not creeping into the conversations online and on the radio and tv.

The act, not result, should be what is taken into consideration. My God, Giroux is lucky he saw that hit coming and avoided the brunt of it or he'd be watching the games with Pronger.
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dl
dl

April 18th, 2012, 2:59 am #6

to the result: injury or no injury.

If they do that, then you end up with a game rife with South American soccer player type antics. It would encourage players to embelish and stay down on the ice, injured or not.

They really need to just look at the hit and decide if it was a head shot or not and take the injury part out of the equation.

There's already enough heads snapping back to try and draw penalties without tying suspensions to injuries.
look at the NFL this year. They suspended a Detroit Lineman 2 games (1/8 of a season), because he kicked or stepped on a player. Nothing worng with the player, and didn't miss a play. No, merely a message to the players and fans, we do not tolerate this type of action.

The NHL is saying we can tolerate this action if a player is not hurt too bad. We can tolerate this action if a better player commits the action. What we can't tolerate is a player with a tough guy nametag, commits an action. And oh yea, we can tolerate it more in the playoffs.

Which is exactly why many sports fans, have a hard time relating to hockey. And all this happening in a year when CONCUSSIONS have been talked about over and over. As I stated earlier, this will NOT get better unless the PLAYERS step to the forefront. The League and owners don't give a crap about the players, except for MAYBE, their marquis players.
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