Within the last few days there have been 3 questionable hits and only 2 hearings. First hit was the one I reported yesterday, Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs had a hit on Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night. There were 2 other hits that occurred last night that most felt deserved a look from the league. One was a hit by the New York Rangers Rick Nash on the Florida Panthers Tomas Kopecky and the other was by Vancouver Canucks Alexander Edler on Phoenix Coyotes Mike Smith.
Does this not make sense to anyone else? Am I the only one who sees a problem here? This isn’t the first time this has happened either, there was a questionable hit by Brayden Schenn on March 15 that went without a hearing as well (I wrote an article on it here). When Lupul got suspended I immediately thought of the Schenn hit. However I thought that since Lupul is pretty much a star player he needs to be made an example of. Then I saw the Nash hit. Nash clearly left his feet and is an extremely high profile player there is no reason why he shouldn’t have a least had a hearing.
The league needs to come up with set disciplines for hits like this. A hit to the head means this many games, leaving your feet means that many games. The fact that the punishment for these kinds of things seems so arbitrary it makes their occurrences more likely. If a player sees Nash and Schenn not receive punishment for their hits, they might think its worth performing the hit themselves. Having set fines and suspensions will make the game safer. What do you think? Any ideas on how many games certain infractions should be? Tweet me @kcapp22 or leave a comment in the box.
UPDATE: Edler was given a 2 game suspension.