Is it my imagination or is half the league trying to get one more good headshot in before the season starts and they cant do it anymore? Malone brains Campoli tonight. There's one or two every night and this was not happening last season.
didn't notice this sooner, but Ovy is no longer a repeat offender as defined by the CBA. Once you are clean for 18 months, you aren't a repeat offender, so any attempts to suspend Ovechkin as a repeat offender would be a violation of the CBA at this point.
Do they count every month towards that 18 or just months where they play games?
The CBA doesn't specify, so I assume it means calendar months, since they have specific names for things that mean only during the hockey season.
The exact language:
Status as a "first" or "repeat" offender shall be re-determined every eighteen (18) months, on a rolling basis, i.e., where a Player does not have another suspension for eighteen (18) months, his next suspension will be treated as a "first" offense.
I don't think there is any huge amount more of these type of hits overall, but the amount of stupid ones seems to be on the rise. The hits along the boards stuck out to me because there were a couple where the guy had his back turned the whole way and gets railed.