I’m having a hard time believing Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t being suspended for his boarding penalty on Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals. https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/996549983741595648?s=21 It was a gift to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to put the rumours to rest that they in fact are not biased toward Tom Wilson. … Continue reading Stralman Won’t Be Suspended; Not As Surprising As You Might Think
Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers has gotten under the skin of hockey fans everywhere....again. He collided with steamrolled New Jersey Devil Kyle Palmieri just over midway through the first period of a Flyers 4-3 loss Thursday night. Gudas was given two minutes for interference but that doesn’t seem to have satisfied the people of … Continue reading Gudas Unfairly Ridiculed For Hit On Palmieri
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
Kris Letang was hit from behind by Ryan Callahan in game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Yet there is a large and growing number of people who think the headline should read "Letang turns his back and forces Callahan into impossible situation." Callahan himself has defended the hit in part because Letang "turned his … Continue reading 1,000 Words on Why Kris Letang Is Not To Blame
The argument of whether injury should play a factor in suspension decisions is raging after the Ryan Callahan hit on Kris Letang. Many point to the judicial system as proof that the NHL NEEDS to factor in injury because crimes are less severely punished depending on whether the victim is killed, injured, or unscathed. But … Continue reading Should Injury Be Considered In Suspensions?
In a series where emotions (and sticks and fists) are running high, the term "playoff hockey" couldn't apply more. But there's a line that's been crossed repeatedly without penalty and it came to a head with the Brooks Orpik suspension for his hit on Oli Maatta in game two. Regardless of how you feel about … Continue reading Letang Doesn’t Deserve Suspension
For kneeing Penguins forward Connor Sheary, Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals received a very specific fine of $2,403.67, the maximum fine allowable under the CBA. To me, NHL Player Safety is so random with everything else it decides I'm surprised the maximum fine isn't listed as "just give us whatever you have in your … Continue reading Wilson Gets Fined For Kneeing
There are two hits to talk about from the Flyers/Caps game three tonight, so let's get started right away. The first one I'll look at is the Ryan White hit on Brooks Orpik. http://youtu.be/twpX25aVKUs Video: SPORTSNETCANADA I see nothing wrong with this hit. Orpik was stretched out like a sitting duck. But he was always … Continue reading Would You Suspend Bellemare For Hit On Orlov?
Tanner Glass was under the microscope on Wednesday for his suspect blindside hit on Vladislav Namestnikov against Tampa Bay Tuesday night. He got a 5 minute major and game misconduct from the on ice officials. The hit, although not blatantly late, was easily avoidable and unnecessary as far as the flow of play. Having said … Continue reading The Tanner Glass Slipper: Does It Fit Sestito?
Duncan Keith's six game suspension is another serious miss by Player Safety. This incident on its own is terrible enough to draw more than 6 games. I've heard the defence that it's "just a high stick". But that's what it is in name only. They need some category to write down. What it actually was, … Continue reading Duncan Keith Suspended 6 Games For Intent To Injure