Burrows Fined For Butt End To Demelo

The NHL's Department of Player Safety must not have much job security because that's the only explanation for why they're intentionally drumming up so much repeat business. When you give fines for this: https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/940056300766969856 And this: https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/940054716318285824 You get this: https://twitter.com/puckguy14/status/939729414102720513 Those who fail to learn from the lessons of history are doomed to repeat … Continue reading Burrows Fined For Butt End To Demelo

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Should the NHL Have an Automatic Suspension for Acts From The Bench?

Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames was suspended one game for unsportsmanlike misconduct against the Toronto Maple Leafs. What he actually did was reach out with his stick from the player's bench and spear a Leaf player who was on the ice. This season there's already been an automatic 10 game suspension for a player … Continue reading Should the NHL Have an Automatic Suspension for Acts From The Bench?

Dillon Suspension Caused By Trickle Down Effect

In yet another case of history repeating itself, the NHL's Department of Player Safety's leniency had led to a string of similar yet increasingly dangerous crimes. The 2017-18 season was supposed to be the end of slashing as we know it, and in a way that's true. For the most part the officials have done … Continue reading Dillon Suspension Caused By Trickle Down Effect

Trying to Understand the Thornton/Oshie Incident

Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks has become a focal point in the disciplinary department as of late. He'd just gotten a $5,000.00 fine on Sunday for slashing Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson. Then on Monday night in a game against the Washington Capitals, Thornton delivered an awkward hit to the head of T.J. Oshie … Continue reading Trying to Understand the Thornton/Oshie Incident

How to Improve Consistency and Effectiveness of NHL Suspensions

There seems to be no clear line followed  by the NHL's Department of Player Safety in terms of length or degree of punishment. It's almost impossible to figure out how they classify incidents, and even comparable questionable plays under the same category are treated as uniquely as if they were night and day. If I … Continue reading How to Improve Consistency and Effectiveness of NHL Suspensions

Being the NHL DOPS: Here’s How I Would Have Called the Last Two Weeks

The latest fines dished out by the NHL's Department of Player Safety are simply proof that yet again, the punishments they're dishing out aren't working. Since November 15th, four players have been fined for serious stick infractions specifically, and two more have been suspended for a total of 14 games (10 and 4 respectively). A … Continue reading Being the NHL DOPS: Here’s How I Would Have Called the Last Two Weeks

NHL Department of Player Safety Continues to Contradict Itself

The recent suspension to Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche begs two major questions of the NHL's Department of Player Safety. Landeskog was given a 4 game ban for his cross check to the head of Calgary Flames nuisance Matthew Tkachuk Saturday night. Player Safety released this video discussing the decision: https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/935264802783539201 Instead of being … Continue reading NHL Department of Player Safety Continues to Contradict Itself

Solving The NHL Stick Infraction Epidemic

Ben Chiarot of the Winnipeg Jets has been fined $3,763.44 for his butt end to the face of Anaheim star Corey Perry. It's the maximum amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, and it's an absolute embarrassment. George Parros is the new sheriff in town, and he went on and on about being harder on … Continue reading Solving The NHL Stick Infraction Epidemic

Gudas Strikes Perreault With Stick

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

Did Witkowski Deserve 10 Games?

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?