The NHL has decided to give Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul a $10,000 slap on the wrist. Ten-Thousand dollars is the maximum allowed in the CBA for cross-checking (NHL.com). Lupul had a suspension hearing this afternoon to discuss his illegal cross-check to the head of Patrick Eaves.
This was the second hearing that Lupul has had this year; both hearings were to address hits to the head. The NHL’s department of Player Safety has opened Pandora’s Box. There is no way they can give an explanation that make this “punishment” fit the crime. The video clearly shows Lupul getting up off the ice and cross-checking the first Detroit Red Wing player he sees.
If the NHL is going to try to truly change the culture of its players they cannot afford to keep changing the rules on what is ground for a suspension and what is not. By fining Lupul did the NHL do nothing more than create suspension-gate? I believe it opens the door for ever suspended player to appeal, and drag the sport we love through the mud.
Lets us know if the NHL made the right choice by only fining Lupul?
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