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NHL Once Again Rewards The Offender



blog-0394575001332554448.jpegFool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. What happens when we continuously get duped? I guess we’re all just a bunch of idiots with egg on our face, right Shanny?

Yesterday the majority of Vancouver fans were bracing themselves for Duncan Keith’s hearing Friday afternoon with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan and the inevitability of nothing more than 5 games, as is the rule for hearings which take place via phone call.

Late last night there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon though as news broke that the NHL had asked Keith for a face to face meeting which he subsequently waived. Allowing him to be suspended for any amount of games the league saw fit.

What had happened for the league to want to request an in person meeting with Keith?

Was there evidence of the accusation made by Henrik Sedin that Duncan Keith had threatened to “get” his brother Daniel after the hit he threw on Keith earlier in the game?

Or was the league going to nail Keith for the clear video evidence of the intent to injure he so ruthlessly displayed as he lodged his elbow into Daniel’s face, in an attempt to injure the Canucks star?

Grab yourself some water folks because your going to need something to wash down the vomit as you throw up in your mouth watching and listening to the crap coming out of Shanahan’s mouth as he completely tip toes around both of these very important facts.

Shanahan's explanation:


Why is there no mention of it being the clear retaliatory hit that it was? Which in everyone’s opinion made the hit that much worse.

Remember rule 48?

What the hell happened to that, and why is there no mention of it?

48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.

Let’s not forget that this hit was only given a 2 minute minor as well, also a complete crock.

48.5 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head.

If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion.

Are you following the string of contradictions yet? Good.

In last season’s Stanley Cup Finals Aaron Rome was suspended 4 games for his hit on Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins. While this was a late hit and contact to the head was made, Horton did at one point have the puck and it could easily be construed as a reckless hockey play. When looked at in comparison to what Keith did Wednesday night, there is no argument. Keith’s was far worse.

Following the suspension the NHL explained to the fans that playoff games were looked at as being worth double that of a regular season game, so Rome’s 4 games suspension was basically an 8 game suspension.

I’m no mathematician, but unless Gary Bettman and his band of idiots somehow managed to rewrite generations of the worlds mathematical equations, as they have done with the NHL rulebook countless times, 8 is still greater than 4.

Making matters worse, Brendan Shanahan met with the GM’s of all 30 teams last summer and stated that in his opinion “Every playoff series should be looked at as a 7 game season and being suspended for 1 playoff game is worth considerably more.” And "1 playoff game is the equivalent of 12 regular season games."

So if we go by the precedent that Shanahan seemed to be setting,

Aaron Rome’s 4 game suspension was the equivalent to 48 regular season games?

Meaning Duncan Keith’s 5 game suspension is worth… 5 games.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Duncan Keith deserved 28 games for his blatant cheap shot. He does however deserve to be given some sort of punishment for his actions though and met at the very least, the same criteria that Aaron Rome and the Canucks had to deal with last year. As it sits right now the Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup hopes are hanging in the balance as their star player is sidelined with a concussion. Daniel may be able to return in a few weeks time, or he may be out for the duration of the playoffs, that is yet to be determined. But one things rings disgustingly true, Duncan Keith gets off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, and I’d argue is actually being rewarded with a nice little rest leading up to the Blackhawks playoff run.

Way to go NHL,

You have missed yet another opportunity to make a statement that you care about the safety and well being of your players and that your game is one that needs to be taken seriously. This was your chance to set a precedent, everything was set up on a tee for you and you blew it.

Shame on us for expecting anything else.

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5 games for a first offense in 7 yrs as Shanny said, is still fairly steep by the standards set by other first offenses. That's a whole lot more than Kronwall got for the hit on Voracek.

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It's not a first offence though, there were plenty of examples of him hitting guys in the head with his elbow. all retaliatory in nature as well.

As usual, the league chose to complete ignore it though.

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Yea, I tune in all the time (Philly stations make it too hard and all they talk is Eagles anyway).

No, I didn't hear the Cartman stuff as I was at work (time zone problem).

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5 games for a first offense in 7 yrs as Shanny said, is still fairly steep by the standards set by other first offenses. That's a whole lot more than Kronwall got for the hit on Voracek.

But, unlike B2B's point, the NHL has been VERY consistent in saying Kronwall's hits are legal hits. And remember that even Voracek himself said that hits like Kronwall's should not be taken from the game. Time to let that one go, 101. (I'd give you his hit on Kesler, as I've stated before.)

I also think Keith's suspension was consistent with what they have called during the regular season, all things considered. I have no love for either team, and I respect both players involved as great hockey players. I think 5-6 games was right, assuming that Sedin returns to the game in the next game or two. But that is an assumption!

What I think needs to be changed is reserving the right to withhold final judgment until an assessment of what the extent of the injury is once it's been determined that a hit is illegal. Sedin's concussed, and as of right now no one knows for how long he will experience symptoms and be out of the game. What if he misses part of the playoffs? Wouldn't Sedin missing roughly 10 regular season games plus some playoff games make the injury that Sedin suffered as a result of the hit more significant in determining Keith's punishment?

By having to immediately call the suspension and not reserve final judgment, the punishment may not really fit the crime.

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the NHL has been VERY consistent in saying Kronwall's hits are legal hits

I can't disagree there. Has any player been suspended from Detroit since Shanny took over?

What I think needs to be changed is reserving the right to withhold final judgment until an assessment of what the extent of the injury is once it's been determined that a hit is illegal.

I can agree with that. But I would like the league to to look at all shots to the head, as a first point of contact. Just makes sense imo, if the league has any true desire to help limit concussions. And to remove the hard plastic in shoulder and elbow pads.


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To your second point, I agree that they should be reviewed, but not necessarily punished. If a check results in a full-body check, but the head is down so it receives a significant part of the blow, and if the check is otherwise legal, I think it should be considered a good, legal check, just like Voracek does.

Some onus has to be put on players to not play hockey stupidly. Playing with one's head down for a significant period of time when you have the puck qualifies. If you are going to play that way putting yourself in danger, it is inevitable that you WILL get hurt. I'm NOT saying that ALL the blame should be put on hit victims, but rather that their lack of responsibility to maintain awareness and reducing their exposure in compromising positions must be balanced with SOME onus of responsibility on players who are going to initiate a check to refrain from targeting the head.

Our game is not a game for the faint of heart. There will be injuries including, unfortunately, injuries to the head. When the head is targeted--as in the Smith hit that I just posted--punishment should be swift and harsh. (If Brendan Smith was a repeat offender, I absolutely agree they should have thrown the book at him for that hit--several more games. He actually got more than 5 games as I stated. He got the remainder of the preseason PLUS 5 regular season games.) And, I think it is also fair to withhold final judgment on suspensions until some kind of understanding is had about the extent of the injury to the victim. (If Ben Smith was out for any great length of time, more time should have been added on. He wasn't AFAIK.) If you hit someone and they end up out of the game for a long time, punishment should be long.

The bottom line is that if you want to remove hits like Smith's from the game, you punish harshly. I absolutely am in favor of that. To whomever. Red Wing or not.

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The video wasn't of Smith. but np. Nice post, although I'm not 100% in favor of delivering a devastating blow to the head to an unsuspecting player playing the puck if his head is down.

Btw, no one has commented on the elbow to the head Spurgeon that Shanny paid no attention to.

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