2008-2009 General NHL Viewing Thread III
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05-01-2009, 11:45 AM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Northern Virginia
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Maybe the next CBA will have these things spelled out more clearly.
The two major parties here do not seem to be clamoring for it. Neither the league office nor the NHLPA is making a stink over the less than clear parameters for suspensions.
Ron MacLean grilled Campbell over it, so you might say that the media and perhaps the fans want to see a level of consistency, but the league and the player's association seem satisfied, and they are the only parties at the table when it comes time to draw up a CBA.
There is a certain attraction to flexibility when it comes to evaluating a hit, and the appropriate penalty. Not all situations are the same. I would think that the PA could see situations where it would hurt as much as it would help the membership.
When you get down to it, the current policy only really screws over enforcers and the very physical fourth liner or #5 through #7 defenseman. Those guys aren't setting PA policy, and aren't first and foremost in the mind of Kelly when it comes time to sound out his membership, and bring their concerns to the league.
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