HAMILTON -- Police with a search warrant yesterday seized Hamilton Spectator photos of the slash that sent an AHL player into convulsions at Copps Coliseum. Investigators took photos of the April 30 slash by Hamilton Bulldogs forward Alexander Perezhogin that gave Cleveland Barons defenceman Garrett Stafford a third-degree concussion."
I can't help but wonder if this spells prosecution for Perezhogin.....
He has been persecuted for what he did, has received an unreasonably long suspension (I felt that 40 games instead of 80 was warranted), and this incident took the life out of the Dogs, as they were swept by Rochester in the next round.
Like I have said on my website, Perezhogin was less than 6" away from possibly losing an eye, or worse, having his face shattered by Stafford's stick from that incident. If you look at the replay, really close, you will see he wasnt even looking in the same direction he slashed. He assumed the player was standing, which would have meant him breaking his stick across the shin pads of Stafford, or at worst catching him across the waist.
There are a lot of things that werent reported about this incident, that I am not going to get into here. Needless to say, the kid has suffered enough for his actions, and it should just be let go. they ruled months quicker than any ruling from Colin Campbells office about Bertuzzi, but then again, Perezhogin doesnt earn a 7 figure salary, and is one of the top 10 players in the league either.