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Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?

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11-11-2008, 11:47 AM
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Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?

Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?

Yes or No?

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It's acceptable. I think it's a bit too severe by the NHL's own standards and past precedents.

But if they've suddenly decided to take a tiny step forward in handing out slightly stiffer suspensions for borderline plays, then so be it, they have that right. Hopefully they keep it up, if that's their intent. A gradual incline in the way they hand out suspensions is probably a smart way of doing it, so nobody gets too panicky either way.

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11-11-2008, 12:01 PM
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It's acceptable. I think it's a bit too severe by the NHL's own standards and past precedents.

But if they've suddenly decided to take a tiny step forward in handing out slightly stiffer suspensions for borderline plays, then so be it, they have that right. Hopefully they keep it up, if that's their intent. A gradual incline in the way they hand out suspensions is probably a smart way of doing it, so nobody gets too panicky either way.
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11-11-2008, 12:04 PM
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No, but it follows the precedent set by other suspensions. Most of the recent ones should be much longer.

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Yes. Three games is perfect, and was to be expected based on other similar incidents. To those who say no, what should Randy Jones have gotten? Life in prison?

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11-11-2008, 12:34 PM
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Of course not, but none are severe enough.

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I was thinking he was going to get 3-5...so even though its on the light end, i think its acceptable.

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11-11-2008, 02:06 PM
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I think its the the fact he pushed him in the head that makes it worse then similar hits. Id say 5-10 games. Sure it was partially van ryns fault but kostopolous was charging from way back...

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quote from Mike Murphy, Senior VP of Hockey Operations:

"We have criteria we use when we look at these hits. … It wasn't a hit to the head. It resulted in a check from behind, which is not legal, and then his head hit the glass. It wasn't late. He (Van Ryn) wasn't unsuspecting. He knew there was a forechecker coming. He had the puck, he expected to be played. He started to reverse direction to evade the forechecker and that's when the hit happened. There was an injury to the player, and the player didn't leave his skates, he didn't jump into him."

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11-11-2008, 02:16 PM
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Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?: No

Fair considering The NHL's past with suspensions?: Yes

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11-11-2008, 02:50 PM
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Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?: No

Fair considering The NHL's past with suspensions?: Yes
Pretty much...

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Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?: No

Fair considering The NHL's past with suspensions?: Yes
I agree with that.

I'd really love for the NHL to get serious with hits from behind, and I'd have no problem if they had used this hit as a start of that (ie. a very harsh suspension, followed by more of the same). Sadly, they still don't take this seriously enough, so in that light, it's a fair suspension.

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quote from Mike Murphy, Senior VP of Hockey Operations:

"We have criteria we use when we look at these hits. It wasn't a hit to the head. It resulted in a check from behind, which is not legal, and then his head hit the glass. It wasn't late. He (Van Ryn) wasn't unsuspecting. He knew there was a forechecker coming. He had the puck, he expected to be played. He started to reverse direction to evade the forechecker and that's when the hit happened. There was an injury to the player, and the player didn't leave his skates, he didn't jump into him."
Says it all. 3 games was plenty.

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11-11-2008, 08:34 PM
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No

But this was to be expected

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Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?: No

Fair considering The NHL's past with suspensions?: Yes
I completely agree..with a Bruins fan?

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Based on what he ought to have received? No.

Based on the precedent established by Campbell et al.? Yes.

Voted no.

EDIT: Looks like 8BostonRocker24 and I are of a similar mindset...

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Is a three-game suspension for Tom Kostopoulos severe enough?: No

Fair considering The NHL's past with suspensions?: Yes
Agreed. NHL discipline is a joke.

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11-13-2008, 07:54 AM
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quote from Mike Murphy, Senior VP of Hockey Operations:

"We have criteria we use when we look at these hits. It wasn't a hit to the head. It resulted in a check from behind, which is not legal, and then his head hit the glass. It wasn't late. He (Van Ryn) wasn't unsuspecting. He knew there was a forechecker coming. He had the puck, he expected to be played. He started to reverse direction to evade the forechecker and that's when the hit happened. There was an injury to the player, and the player didn't leave his skates, he didn't jump into him."
This is all correct... but I don't agree with the part about Van Ryn "knowing he was going to be played". Yes, he knew Kostopolous was coming, but that doesn't mean he knew he was going to get his teeth put through the glass. Van Ryn watched Kostopolous all the way in and he didn't turn at the last minute. Kostopolous saw him vulnerable and hit him anyways... Van Ryn didn't turn in to the hit last minute like many other hits or make himself vulnerable like Sutter or Alberts in past.

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Agreed. NHL discipline is a joke.
Agreed. Check this one out from last year or the year before:



No penalty, no suspension. Why? No injury. Way more blatantly from behind.

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I think it is.

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