The four player suspensions arising out of the bounty program operated by ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams should send a firm, clear message to players just the way those of Williams, Sean Payton, Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis should have.You wonder, though.In what has to be one of the great case studies in hypocrisy, Fujita is on the board of the players association. An organization ostensibly committed to player safety has as a leader a player committed to precisely the opposite.And the number of times players mouth the clich about feeding my family and fraternity of players is beyond counting.Best guess is that the coaching side will be scared off; its simply not worth it when the end-game is winning, not body count.Its difficult to be sure that players get the irony of their own actions when the goal is to injure. Cloaking it in some gives us a better chance to win doesnt make it right but the number of defenders of the system was depressing.The guy youre trying to injure is trying to feed his family, too.And hiding behind I was just following orders (in this instance, coaches) doesnt work. Never has. Youre accountable for your own actions. Period.Former SteelerBear and ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge raised a great point here: Why didnt players go to their union and out the bounty system?Anytime there is a try to change a culture, there will be push-back, blow-back, resistance. But its got to start somewhere. Hopefully it has.
Niklas Hjalmarsson has called Chicago home ever since he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005. But now it's time for a new chapter.
After being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June, the former Blackhawks defenseman officially said goodbye to the city he spent a decade in and helped bring three Stanley Cups to with an emotional Instagram post that perfectly sums up his time here:
This sums up me and my families 10 years in Chicago, the experience have been absolutely fantastic. Playing in front of a sold out united center every game In front of the most passionate fans in the league. It's been a privilege playing with the amazing group of guys on the team and the organization that have treated us like family. It's sad to leave Chicago but I'm now excited for a new adventure in Arizona. Thank you to everyone who made these years so memorable! #2babies #3stanleycups #gotmarried #lovechicago #best20sever
One marriage. Two kids. Three rings.
Hjalmarsson will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans.