Anaheim Duck Andrew Cogliano played 830 consecutive NHL games, the 4th all time longest unbroken stretch of all time. unfortunately, for games 831 and 832 he found himself in the unfamiliar territory of the press box and many are not happy about it. Cogliano had his iron man streak stripped away by the NHL’s Department … Continue reading Cogliano to Blame For Suspension
David Savard of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the the latest NHLer to be fined for slashing this season. Yet even with the crackdown on slashes, the difference between a dangerous needless slash and a routine slash gone wrong is as murky as ever. Savard and Florida Panther Vincent Trochek were part of a puck … Continue reading Savard Fined For Slashing
Arizona’s Zac Rinaldo caught the attention of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety this weekend. Rinaldo threw a clean check on Nathan MacKinnon in open ice which appeared to injure the Avalanche star. This prompted Colorado’s Samuel Girard to go at Rinaldo and deliver a light cross check. Rinaldo wasted no time popping Girard with … Continue reading Rinaldo Sucker Punch Earns Hearing
Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings has been fined $5,000.00 for spearing, adding him to the inappropriately long line of players fined for the same offence. It's wrong these players continue to only get fines for major penalties and it's wrong that because they only get fines, these players continue to commit them. That … Continue reading Abdelkader Slashes Mayfield, Gets Fined For Spearing
Jake Virtanen of the Vancouver Canucks laid a hit on Alexei Emelin that caused quite a stir on the Nashville Predators side. They responded by going after Virtanen immediately, with Scott Hartnell eventually adjusting the helmet of almost every Canuck on the ice. Four thoughts came immediately to mind after seeing this hit: 1)I couldn't agree … Continue reading Virtanen Hit Initial Thoughts
Radko Gudas. He just belongs on the Flyers doesn't he? The Broad Street Bully was evicted from Thursday's game for attempted guillotine on Jets forward Mathieu Perreault. https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/931343009626632198 I can see how this happened. Gudas is in a battle with Perreault, who's willingly leaning on Gudas with his own stick. Perreault gets a little overzealous … Continue reading Gudas Strikes Perreault With Stick
Detroit Red Wings player Luke Witkowski got a 10 game suspension under NHL Rule 70.6 for his involvement in a brawl between The Red Wings and Calgary Flames. The scrum was largely fueled by Witkowski's decision to come back onto the ice after being escorted out of the game by a linesman. The 10 games … Continue reading Did Witkowski Deserve 10 Games?
Dallas Stars forward Martin Hanzal erased Nashville Predators defencemen Yannik Weber from the game Thursday night with an open ice check to the head. The play happened in the first period when Weber was racing for the puck through the neutral zone while trying to fight off the pursuit of Dallas forward Devin Shore. The … Continue reading Hanzal Hit On Weber: Was it Clean?
Robert Bortuzzo of the St. Louis Blues was fined $3091.40 for his cross check to the back of New York Islander Brock Nelson. Like in most of the safety incidents from the NHL, reaction to the punishment dished out by the NHL Department of player Safety falls into three main categories: It’s too little, it’s … Continue reading Bortuzzo Fined Maximum For Cross Checking
The NHL's Department of Player Safety has suspended Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals four games for his boarding major against Sam Blais of the St. Louis Blues Sunday afternoon. This is Wilson's second suspension in the same pre-season. He was suspended two games already for an interference penalty just 10 days ago, also against … Continue reading Tom Wilson Gets Four Game Suspension