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11-09-2012, 11:45 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
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Yeah, but the flip side argument is that
90% or whatever it is of these guys aren't going to play in the NHL. They're teenage kids who shouldn't have to risk permanent damage playing a game.
Etc, etc. Sometimes the suspensions do seem a bit heavyhanded to me, and sometimes I clearly don't see the same thing that Branch does on a given play, but I think he's coming at it with good intentions overall. I think it's better to err on the side of caution and protection where these kids are concerned. I'm not sure the message is really getting through to players, mind you, I'm not sure I see them playing much differently - just more/longer suspensions piling up - but that also doesn't mean it's not worth at least making the attempt.
A chacun son gout... end of the day Branch is clearly not taking his cue from any of us as fans and is just going to keep marching on with his agenda, so it's probably pointless by now to bemoan it too much, he's not wavering a bit. The games are still as enjoyable overall as ever IMHO.
Don't play hockey then?!?!?!?!? It's the same thing in racing. In racing, it could be the last time you strap into the car. Every driver knows the risks that are involved with it. It doesn't matter if it's a 7 year old in a go kart or a 32 year old in a super late model blasting around local tracks. If you don't want the risk, don't do it.
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