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Is Martin Havlat a dirty player?

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03-12-2004, 01:11 PM
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Did someone just say Domi doesn't give cheap shots? Ahahahahaha....wait...ahahahaha. Domi is well known for being a dirty player, and Havlat isn't even close to him. I think the recent Bertuzzi incident was a wakeup call to him, and he's done nothing wrong since coming off his own suspension. Hardly a dirty player like Domi.

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Originally Posted by Ironchef Chris Wok
This is exactly the problem with the NHL at the moment.

They suspended Bertuzzi big time, fine, he did something stupid.

But now players can't "police themselves" now. What if Havlat does somethign else stupid? And the NHL doesn't come down on Havlat?

Players have NO IDEA what to do right now. What is a teammate supposed to do when he sees a guy get cheapshotted?

1) Go after the cheapshot guy, and get punished along with the cheapshot guy w/ the instigator.
2) Do nothing, and watch the league give the cheapshot guy 3 games.

These are the options the players have right now. So they might as well continue cheapshotting.

Either let the players police themselves by beating the krap out of cheapshotters, or come down hard on them EVERY TIME regardless of what the result it. THEN watch cheapshots go down.
Here's a novel idea: why don't they get "revenge" by catching the guy coming across the ice with a CLEAN body or hip check? Part of the problem in the NHL now is that

1. No one knows how to throw good checks anymore. This problem of course starts way earlier than the NHL level.

2. The players, in particular many of the supposed big, "tough" ones, are for the most part whiny babies who think that taking a clean body check gives them the right to cheapshot or punch the lights out of the "offending" player. In fact, Bertuzzi is a perfect example of a guy who seems to think that being big means you have to run in fear of him, and any hit you would dare throw against him must surely be some sort of penalty.

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