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NHL Gives Jarkko Ruutu 1 Game Suspension
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04-22-2011, 11:15 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
This decision continues the arbitrary approach of the NHL to discipline. If the league does not adopt a reasonably consistent policy it will never get its message through to the players as to what is and what is not acceptable. Instead, the application of discipline is so uneven that it encourages dirty play, since most times the player gets away with an inappropriate play without discipline.
As of right now the rule seems to be, if a star player gets hurt there is a suspension, unless the player doing the hitting is a star, in which case it was a hockey play and there is no suspension.
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