The line of NHL players waiting to be suspended keeps growing. There are two more hearings scheduled for today. Brendan Shanahan has decided he needs to talk to both Tampa Bay Lightning forward Richard Panik and Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen.
Richard Panik boarded Washington Capital Karl Alzner in the second period of last night’s game. Panik was given a five-minute penalty for the hit. It has been reported that Alzner has no injuries from the hit. The hit occurred at 16:31 of the second period.
Jared Cowen will also have a hearing for his hit on Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons. The hit did not draw a penalty and Girgensons did not leave the game. At the 18:02 mark of the third period, Cowen came across the ice to deliver the hit on Girgensons. Shanahan is looking at this hit because it was an illegal hit to the head.
When will the players wake up? If you make a poor choice you are going to hear from Brendan Shanahan. I do have one issue with the Cowen hearing. If no penalty is called will the officials from last night’s game have a hearing of their own for missing a hit to the head? I think all parties involved in the game need to be held equally responsible.
Lets us know what you think about how the NHL is handling suspensions.