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02-14-2013, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by NeedleInTheHay View Post
Why should he be suspended if there was no intent? makes zero logical sense.
You could argue it was both reckless and clumsy. To me this is not so much Karlssons accident as it is Cooke's. Cooke did not intend this, but he is 100% to blame, hockey play or not. Karlsson is simply a blameless victim.

Not saying Cooke should be suspended, but he is solely to blame for this incident.

If this was a car accident Cooke's insurance would foot the bill 100%.

Having said all that, if the NHL is going to continue to allow players to raise their skates like that when battling from behind, they better all get some protection in that vulnerable area. Someone called it a "freak accident"? How unlikely is it, if this technique is seen as effective and raising the skate that high becomes more common? There is a reason kicking is totally taboo, and if that is a hockey play it is not a very safe one.

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