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A Problem For The NHL

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here’s the problem – by not punishing the offenders of the initial foul, the NHL is leaving the victims with no alternative but to take the law into their own hands.

When it comes to biblical phrases, an eye for an eye is much more popular at the rink than turn the other cheek.

The league does have to mete out discipline to combat vigilante justice. However, they look foolish doing so while allowing the original offender to continue to skate free.

“When I talked to my son . . . when he was asking me questions like ‘Why is the punch with a glove on more dangerous than the other one?’ I had to explain to him that it’s not,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said....

The outside view is that the NHL looks to be moving in a direction where they are rolling out the welcome mat and accommodating the return of on-ice violence. And that means that they’ll be forcing more players to make like Larkin and take the law into their own hands.


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Hootinani's avatar

Water is wet, the sky is blue and the league is a two faced gong show.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/18/21 at 07:37 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Eye for an eye, indeed…..

In that brief moment when Larkin’s beautiful roundhouse left caught the smiling face of Joseph a message was sent and received. Actions have consequences. Perhaps Joseph will think twice the next time a cheap shot opportunity presents itself to him. My guess is next time with Larkin he may take a pass.  Nothing George Parros or the League could have done would send a clearer message.

Messed around and found out, yes he did.


Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 10/18/21 at 09:21 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Nothing George Parros or the League could have done would send a clearer message.
Messed around and found out, yes he did.
Posted by Rumbear


Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 10/18/21 at 10:19 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Sorry but it won’t change what they do. He didn’t end up staggering off the ice like Lemieux did after McCarty was done. Players that do those hits have it ingrained in their play style and only long suspensions and loss of income will change their minds. He makes his living doing cheap hits and agitating.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/19/21 at 11:52 AM ET

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