Seems, if anything, slightly low. It was a careless play, but it was clearly without malice, and the repeat offender categories are not triggered because of the duration since the last offense and the type of hit, it seems. It was legitimately dangerous, albeit unintentional.
I wouldn't have been surprised if Colin Campbell tacked on a few games due to the apparent severity of the player's injury, but 2-4 was about what I expected.
Does really anyone thing that if Campbell wasn't injured/didn't toe pick at the wrong time and popped back up if there would be a suspension? I truly don't think so.
Also, if the ref hadn't ejected him, there'd be no suspension either. The ejection is what put the story on TSN/ESPN front page and got everyone talking about it and watching it 1000 times in slow motion. Ridiculous stuff.
nah....this is not what bothers me. what bothers me is the quick trigger that the league has developed for Ovechkin. The Campbell thing and the Kaleta hit are very similar. Neither were hits on the numbers. Both were 5 and a game. These are Ov penalties.
I am convinced that the league is trying to get him to tone it down and they are not going to cut him any slack.
I was expecting to find a thread about this or simply see the convo. continue in the GDT.... this is a nice way to keep the conversation here primarily among Caps posters. There are plenty of other threads where other posters can discuss. (note: and I typed that before seeing HSHS' post, lol)
I am not surprised about the suspension given the circumstances.
And for that matter, I was not surprised by the lack of a suspension to Cooke based on the lack of a suspension to Richards earlier in the season, regardless of Cooke's prior suspensions. I also took note that C. Campbell was not directly involved in the Richards' decision due to Florida's involvement, but the need for "consistency" between those two decisions.