To me, it looked like he laid on the ice with his head down until the ref blew the whistle, then his head popped right back up, trying to draw a call. On the replay, Hatcher did get his elbow into him, but if the refs would've done the right thing and called a penalty, then there would be no debate.
There was no whistle on the play. NO WHISTLE!
By missing game 1 vs San Jose is he trying to draw a suspension then?
okay, well Oliwa and Simon are far from true "knock down top-of-the-line heavyweights", so to imply they would "Bring fear" is about as logical as saying "Scott Parker is going to wreak Havok in the play-offs"
Actually, both Oliwa and Simon had great come back years, it seems Simon has finally gotten over his injuries. I don't know what happened to Oliwa, but he is far from the suck he was lately.
I'm sure that there will still be complaining since the 3 games are for the regular season and not the playoffs. Believe me, Wings fans would love if we were in a situation right now where the 3 games were for the playoffs.
I don't see how 3 games months from now will affect Hatcher esp. since the 3 games might not be until well over a year from now. But, in the long run he is being suspended and the number of games is what the NHL decided on. So stop complaining about the Red Wings. Moan about Hatcher and/or the NHL front office.