Since so many of Gudas’ heavy
, but legal hits are called penalties these days , it seems like he has stopped hitting completely and is not as effective. He toned it down with the borderline hits , which was a good thing, but they kept calling penalties on the legal hits, so now he doesn’t hit at all. The other thing is , in the old NHL, if you cheapshottted a player , an enforcer would make you pay the price, the instigator rule stopped that. Now it’s a complete joke, you hit someone with a perfectly clean hit and his teammate starts a fight with you. This nonsense has to stop. You can take my guy out with a stick to the head and I get an instigator penalty for coming after you. I hit you with a clean check , you come after me and we both
get 5 minutes
imo, it's because the rules themselves are not designed to provide hard lines between legal and not. my favorite example:
Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.
Charging shall mean that the actions of a player or goalkeeper who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check and opponent in any manner. A "charge" may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.
there is nothing specific there at all. "in any manner" means literally any contact could be viewed as a charge. "as a result of distance traveled," and "violently" are the only qualifiers. it doesn't even specify that the contact has to be intentional. there are, of course, a series of "unwritten" guidelines for the call, x number of steps, leaving your skates, blind-siding, has to have been intentional, etc....but those are, well, unwritten. not hard and fast, and subject to different interpretations and thresholds depending on a lot of external factors.
thing is, hockey does not lend itself to hard and fast rules. it's too fast, and players' control of themselves and their equipment too vague for that. it's where you end up with dumb things like goals being waved off from skates in the crease and high sticks a half inch above the logo. going frame-by-frame through video to see whether or not some dude's skate left the ice for a micro-second misses the entire point and is useless.
the other thing is, from the vagueness of the rulebook, you could watch a game with your best friend who happens to root for the other team, and the two of you will disagree on 75% of the calls made and not made. the anti-flyers bias that is talked about so much here exists in ALL fan bases for ALL teams. vague rules plus confirmation bias = everyone thinks the refs are out to get them. don't really think there is anything to be done about that, shy of officially making the NHL a no-contact league where literally everything is called.