I had figured on two since it was a pretty blatant elbow. Three is not that far off.
My take on the whole thing - Green loves to come across for the big hit every once in a while but he REALLY mistimed this one. Not only was he off line he had also lost too much momentum by the time he got to Frolik. In the interest of not getting burned on the play, sticks his elbow out. Dumb play.
Given the stories about his metabolic issues last year, I hope he keeps in shape during this layoff.
That was dumb. And now he is on their radar. It seems there is no in between for him. He never just hits guys. He tries to destroy someone once every 20 RS games or so. But we are in playoff mode now, and thats what he does in the playoffs.
The thing I dont get is the Gonchar deal. Gonchar had been buried with a hit just like Green. So...I am not sure I am seeing the difference. Caps v Pens maybe? Veteran vs young guy?
Personally, If I were to guess, I would say that the League doesnt like the Capitals attitude. Green is crushed in the numbers by Koci and that passes by with a fine. They didnt like Green's attitude on that play. Here this is as much about attitude as the actual play when you reference Gonchar.
While it wasn't a horrible elbow to the head, it was pretty bad so I've got no problem with the suspension. I'm a bit surprised that they did it but whatever, it'll give some more ice time to younger guys and that will help with depth come playoff time.
Anyone else find it a laugh that people were complaining about the caps announcers being homers on the kolikov-green knee hit....Locker was totally non-homer and extremely objective about it.
just finding the silver lining here. personally i think its deserved and i want the league cracking down on this kinda thing... sadly though, for every justified suspension there are 4 or 5 suspension-worthy incidents that get swept under the rug... Gonchar on Buttercup being the most egregious
ALOT of Caps hate on the main boards these days, guess i dont read over there enough to notice it most times... arrogant posters dont help that much, nor does the Caps hanging 5+ on folks fave teams nightly.