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Ryan McDonagh (1/23: Skating in practice; only had wind knocked out of him)
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01-22-2012, 02:16 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Intent to injure is an inference. You can't get inside a guy's head. You see the hit, and the best you can do is make a judgment as to his intent. But it's still just speculation.
Recklessness, on the other hand, is not an inference. It's observable. And I think it deserves just as severe a suspension. "I didn't mean to hurt 'em" is a 3rd grade excuse. If you are an NHLer, you are responsible for your actions, whether or not you had malicious intent. That kind of hit can paralyze a guy, and if you're too stupid or uncaring to not know that, that's too bad. The consequences should be just as severe.
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