CTL: Did Hansen punishment fit the crime?
Fri, 22 Feb 2013|
The CTL panel debates whether the punishment fits the crime for Phil Hansen and other players who take shots at opponents' heads - 2/22
This is the tension that the NHL has. He wants physical play he wants guys you know it they want to get element of violence. Because it's a big part of what they feel is an attraction for the thing. But you're going to get -- biceps. And we're getting to the point now where you used to say -- you know this guys you know it's like yep but this guy's career in jeopardy. More to the point now with what we've seen the last couple years that repeated hits like get -- guys' -- in jeopardy. And if -- the NHL at some point you know you that this attention that they have because as far as I'm concerned. Any hit to the head that result in the suspension should be five games minimum. Automatic minimum. If you're repeat offender and outside game and then that team doesn't play it isn't about to stop those five games to your dressing unified defenseman or eleven forward probably wanna do it. Second offense it's ten gained a -- to suspend the three games you think how how quickly would get stuff get eliminated. If if that was. The punishment but. Then does that they're probably as you go to the other and now we're always hitting anybody. Because they don't wanna get you know so this is the problem that the NHL hat and again I don't I don't know where you go that because. You know again you're looking at a guy like Marian Hossa who's now more susceptible to a concussion I hit like that. I mean he's really lucky that he's able played and I erred -- not going to miss more time. But at some point in the least got to decide we're gonna make an example out of somebody and we're gonna get rid of this. Or we're gonna keep doing this in -- we're gonna say that you know were really you know concerned about players. Your safety or whatnot but that puts up like this happens we're giving guys slaps on arrests and I don't know where they go with -- but I think it's a problem. Let me ask you this Bob. It you know both the NFL and and and NHL market themselves us as a high speed collision sports. Then you hear a lot of NFL players defensive players -- saying that. Because of the high speed in an awkward positions. They're they're put them it's difficult for them to. Sometimes aborted the hit. And hockey do you think. It's easier for for players to -- maybe calculate where they need to hit I. And the guys that play. I think it it what they're has been to that was a play that you know did not have to happen but again look at -- if two guys are gore broke loose puck in the end you're chasing ice or whatever. Yup that's gonna happen at times and it is hard to make that split second decisions and -- -- pull up from -- hit. But again it yelled this is the tension nipple the NFL in the NHL have and you know it's not like we're going to get. To a point where it's not gonna get worse young guys are still gonna get bigger they're still gonna get stronger so gonna get faster. This is going to be an issue that -- -- get even greater as the years go on and I don't know where they go but it's a it's a huge problem for both leagues.