Thread: Confirmed with Link: Subban wins the Norris!!!!! (per Reality)
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06-16-2013, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by WhiskeySeven View Post
I'd also love to have him but he's a dirty POS who nearly murdered another player on the ice and then claimed he didn't know what he was doing. **** him, hope his decline is slow and painful.
Sure he could have laid up there a bit, but if not for the stanchion the play is relatively harmless, it was a combination of bad luck, and Chara's aggressive game. I think emotions get the best of some otherwise intelligent posters. What happened to patches sucked and we should be thankful he's fully recovered, but one play does not represent a player, especially a play as unfortunate as this one.

Was Chara suppose to concede here and let patches blow by him? I don't think so. I honestly think it was a bit reckless on Chara's part, but I don't think there was much intent there. Bang bang plays at full speed are easy for us to sit back and moan about how it should have happened differently, but this is a fast game with split second reactions. Happens all the time where players make a play they wish they could have back, doesn't make them malicious, it' their highly competitive nature.

How many times have you seen otherwise clean players, line a player up, receiving player shifts out of the way and the checker sticks his knee out to make contact? Or how many times does the intended recipient move out of the way and an elbow from the checker goes into his head? Almost everyone game plays like these happen, doesn't make every player dirty, you've got less than a second to make a decision, sometimes the wrong one gets made. Only time they get magnified is when a serious injury results from the play.

The game is so fast now. It's so fast it's dangerous. I think some of the rule changes, although increase excitement, also increase risks, I'm not sure the benefit outweighs the reward. I was perfectly fine with hockey prior to the 1st lockout, but the NHL aims to please the casual fans in hopes to make a greater bite into the US market, unfortunately they can change whatever they want, in States where they don't even have ice, hockey will never be mainstream. I hate how the NHL alienates their ardent followers in attempts to please those who don't understand or even follow the game at all.

The only major sport where they discuss a whole host of rule changes each and every season. If the NHL was serious about injuries it would make rule changes to help prevent them, I haven't seen much. I don't expect mandatory visors to help much. It might prevent the odd play that happens maybe a handful of times a year, but there are more serious head injuries still haven't really been addressed to an appropriate level. They create rules, follow them for a year or two and then get away from them. Not to mention the rules change depending on the period, the game, the score, the playoffs. The NHL will never be mainstream, those casual fans probably don't know wth is going.

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