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08-15-2011, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by sobrien View Post
If, god forbid, we lose him to concussion problems for his you think that's the final straw for the NHL before they make drastic changes to the hitting and fighting in the game? They'd be losing the face of the game.
It was the 2 quick minor hits in a row that did him in, not some matt cooke sniper elbow to the head. So I'm not sure Crosby's situation alone would be the driving force. Savard's started with a blatant cheap shot. Crosby was just an accidental collision. The league could probably clean up the game just by some judicial suspensions to known repeat cheapshot artists like cooke. Like 20 game, 40 game, and lifetime ban. 3 strikes your out. The NHL can still be a very physical game without all the headshots and late hits. It should also be a warning sign to both trainers and players, to err on the side of caution, since frequency can be as harmful as severity.

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