Idea for new high-sticking rule (for Koivu-Williams type incidents)
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05-01-2006, 02:57 PM
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What if there was a rule that if you hurt a guy by high-sticking him, and he misses games, you have to sit out until he can come back -- up to a maximum of 5 games.
I understand that Williams wasn't trying to hurt Saku, but he was irresponsible with his stick and everyone would agree that this has had a big effect on the outcome of the series since then. Our first-line center and captain was taken out and there wasn't even a penalty.
High sticking is unique among penalties because it's not a judgment call -- people can look back at video and disagree about holding or hooking or cross checking, but you can produce definitive video evidence of high sticking, so I think if the NHL saw that you did it and it hurt a guy and knocked him out, you should have to sit out too.
I would put a maximum of 5 games on it because it's not the same a Bertuzzi kind of intentional incident that should carve a huge chunk out of your career. But you shouldn't be able to get away with it with no penalty either.
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