Wilson Hit on Aston-Reese Has No Place in Hockey

I think Tom Wilson is the epitome of what today’s NHL breeds, promotes, and encourages.  That’s why Wilson and an unusually large number of hockey fans genuinely believe there was nothing wrong with his hit on Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese. They see this particular hit as just another hard play. Guys like Niklas Kronwall and … Continue reading Wilson Hit on Aston-Reese Has No Place in Hockey

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Kadri Hit On Wingels: He Still Doesn’t Get It

What worries me most about what Nazem Kadri isn’t what he did, it’s what he said about it.  The Toronto Maple Leafs forward has a history of making some not so bright decisions and in the process endangering anyone on the ice with him, but the hope was those were just that: history. He proved … Continue reading Kadri Hit On Wingels: He Still Doesn’t Get It

Doughty Suspension First of 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head on Vegas Golden Knights player William Carrier.  The Player Safety explanation video claims Doughty made initial contact with Carrier’s arm but the main point of contact was the head. This much is true. The reason … Continue reading Doughty Suspension First of 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Hartnell Incident A Product Of Boarding Rule

A stretcher was rolled onto the ice in Nashville, a potentially seriously injured player was wheeled off, and the public gallows were being prepared for the offender before the ambulance doors could even close. The offender in this case: Nashville Predator Scott Hartnell. Hartnell has a bit of a reputation for questionable choices and I … Continue reading Hartnell Incident A Product Of Boarding Rule

Bowey Fined For Interference

Madison Bowey of the Washington Capitals got a little revenge on Winnipeg’s Matt Hendricks. This cold dish of interference ended up coming at the discount price of only $1,890.68, the ridiculously precise maximum allowable amount under the current CBA. I used to be angry at the cries of Andrew Cogliano supporters. You might remember he … Continue reading Bowey Fined For Interference

Larsson Cross Check Earns Hearing

Johan Larsson of Buffalo Sabres is on the hot seat for a cross check to Vincent Trochek of the Florida Panthers. An extremely chippy third period resulted in Larsson giving Trochek some sweet chin music with his stick, and that didn’t go unnoticed by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/959428491908468738?s=17 In the context of … Continue reading Larsson Cross Check Earns Hearing

Backes Injured from Ritchie Hit

Boston's David Backes was very slow to get up after taking a hit from Anaheim's Nick Ritchie Tuesday night. The incident happened with about five minutes left in the third period of Anaheim's 3-1 win. There was no penalty called on the play. https://youtu.be/H5AJCquW9XU Watching the play live it didn't seem late at all, and … Continue reading Backes Injured from Ritchie Hit

Marchand Elbow Should Earn Multiple Games

We're happy to say welcome back to our friend Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins, who's responsible for probably 20% of the content of this blog. He finds himself in hot water yet again after a flying elbow to the head of New Jersey's Marcus Johansson. I tried to look at this from the approach of what … Continue reading Marchand Elbow Should Earn Multiple Games

Cogliano to Blame For Suspension

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

Savard Fined For Slashing

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