Has this been a season full of suspensions and hearings around the NHL or what? Even the Winter Classic couldn’t stay pure as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul got himself in trouble for cross-checking the head of Patrick Eaves. Lupul had a hearing with
the NHL yesterday afternoon and was not given a suspension despite being a repeat offender.
The NHL instead fined Joffrey Lupul $10,000 for his cross-check to the head of Patrick Eaves. But should Lupul have been suspended?
Lupul had already been suspended for two games this season for an illegal hit to the head of Victor Hedman.
This latest offence didn’t look too vicious as Lupul went to check him on the shoulder but Eaves lowered his head and as a result received a cross-check to the face resulting in a broken jaw.
Lupul had just received a questionable hit and was a little upset so when he saw his chance his chance for revenge he took it. Lupul’s cross check could have easily landed him 3 games, but the Leafs and Lupul got lucky on this call. You can see a little bit of intent when you watch the video, but for the most part it looks like an innocent check.
It’s a tough call, but what call would you have made?
Should Joffrey Lupul have been suspended for his cross-check?