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02-21-2013, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by rey72335 View Post
I wouldn't go that far. I'd say 5 games would be fair. You can see clearly that he didn't do it on purpose, and yes, that should factor in. Of course you shouldn't swing your stick like that when trying to free it, but you're not going to take the time to think about how to remove it. You're going to pull it out as hard and fast as your can to get back into play. It was a freak accident but he should be disciplined for his irresponsible play..
if he wouldnt have held the stick like a baseball bat, and he would not have known that Lovell was standing directly in front of him, then, i would agree with you. However, as the video clearly shows, he is holding the stick the same manner you would hold a baseball bat, and, Lovell is directly in front of him. He is responsible for his stick and i think the league got it right with 15 games. It's a fast pace game, and sometimes it's hard to think of consequences, or what "might" happen, but he still has to maintain control of his stick.

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