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03-07-2012, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by achdumeingute View Post
I don't see how. Again, you can say the rule doesn't do enough, but as it stands its pretty clear.

Here are a few 48.1 violation:

Here is a thread linking all suspensions this season:

These are night and day from the Kronwall hit.
Are they really? Explain how the Boyes hit is suspendable if the Kronwall hit is not. Both are clean hits save for the fact that they recklessly target the head of a defenseless player.

The NHL has already set precedent that lack of intent is not a good enough argument to get off the hook for Rule 48, even for players with no history.

Shanahan states that targeting the head could be considered "intentional OR reckless" and that the onus is on the player delivering the hit not to make contact with the head if the vulnerable recipient of the hit makes "no sudden movements." Colborne is turning up ice just like Voracek was. If this hit is punishable, I don't see how Kronwall's is not. I am just applying the NHL's stated criteria.

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