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11-05-2003, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by tnrocketman
Couple of observations.
1. What difference does it make what style a player is-- whether he is a grinder, sniper, high skill, etc. is irrelevant to whether a slash with intent to injure occurred. THAT is what I think is ruining the NHL-- inconsistent officiating, letting some more established player get away with diving, cross-checking, etc. as opposed to calling infractions consistently regardless of who the player is.
No argument there. At the same time, it shouldn't matter who the injured player is either. If this had been a star slashing some no-name player from a small market club you can bet it wouldn't be reviewed. There are far too many double standards in today's NHL.

Originally Posted by tnrocketman
2. Anybody that thinks a suspension would encourage clubs to send more game tapes protesting calls is nuts. They all do it quite frequently enough without encouragement.
It's not an issue of sending in tapes. It's an issue of precedent. If Allen gets suspended, how can the NHL justify not suspending Chelios in every game he plays considering that he has multiple slashes each game that are more vicious than the Allen one. Correlating suspensions to injury times is a flawed concept when injuries are so variable and often have very little to do with the infraction.

Originally Posted by tnrocketman
3. When intent to injure is completely clear and well established, a player should be suspended for the entire length of the injured player's absence PLUS additional games. That would keep players from malicious misuse of their sticks, etc.
But how often is intent to injure clear and well established? It's not easy to get inside a player's head. Anyway, this is certainly one case where it's obvious Allen wasn't trying to injure the player. If he had wanted to do so I think he would have done more than a one handed tap.

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