NHL Schedules Two Suspension Hearings

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.



Tags: Brendan Shanahan Buffalo Sabres Jared Cowen Nhl Suspenshions Ottawa Senators Richard Panik Tampa Bay Lightning Washington Capitals

  • Dano

    I would like to request the Players Union should have a hearing in regards to suspending ( permanently ) Shannaban from ALL NHL functions and governing. The guy is inconsistent, ( as stated ) doesnt have the refs/linies on the same page and from what I have seen, is more interested in making videos speaking of ‘ safety ‘ then actually doing much to balance the league.

    • http://toomanymenonthesite.com/ Patrick Helper

      Suspensions are too arbitrary right now. There are too any factors that are going into the call. A hit to the head is a hit to the head. A punch in the back of the head is just that. a players injuries should not have such an impact on a suspension. If the NHLPA does care about its own they needs to be heard, and push for changes to how this is handled. They also need to get the players to understand this is not hockey.