Another Philadelphia Flyers player has a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday. Chris VandeVelde laid a ridiculous elbow to the jaw of Chicago legend Jonathan Toews.

The incident happened with the score tied 1-1 very late in the first period of Wednesday’s game.


There’s really nothing to argue here. There’s no defence. VandeVelde had a good angle. He was not off stride and fully in control. This was not a bang bang play and he had plenty of time to think about what he was doing. It wasn’t an action that was the result of a desperate attempt to stop a dangerous chance, or even to win a battle. He already had the battle won.

The head shot had nothing to do with anything hockey related. It was a needless, blatant elbow and it was directly aimed at the head. He had to go out of his way to make sure his arm was high enough and out in front far enough to avoid the body of Toews. This can’t be deemed anything less than attempt to injure.

This type of extremely poor decision should be minimum 4-6 games. I would consider anything less than 4 games as negligence on the part of the NHL. It will be yet another elbow to the face of the war on head shots that the league started but is, at best, misguided in its plan for finishing.