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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“[Simon] has been a pretty honest guy his whole career, but that was disgusting,’’ said the Rangers’ Sean Avery, a vital force again. “I don’t think he should be allowed to play another game the rest of the year.
“I mean, that was just as bad as [Marty] McSorley. I was in shock. Let’s see if the league makes a statement here.’‘
added 7:55am, via the New York Times,
“I’ve always been known as a clean guy and I just feel bad for letting my team down,” Simon said. “I just don’t really want to say anything about the incident right now because I have to talk with the league first.”
Hollweg did not express anger at Simon.
“I’m a little surprised,” Hollweg said. “As far as I knew we respected each other as hockey players and that’s it. I just play my game. And playing my game helped us win, so that’s good.”
added 8:33am, from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
What will it take for the league to get serious in cracking down on this crap?
Three and five game suspensions aren’t enough to get the message across. It’s long overdue for the NHL to put some real teeth into the punishments they hand out for these kind of infractions.
Simon got run into the boards, takes it out on Ryan Hollweg… A blatant, two hander across the neck, mouth and lip area which drew blood.
Hollweg skated off on his own.
Simon is looking at a big time suspension.
Added 11:12 pm—From HockeyFights.com, includes video,
Hollweg laid Simon into the boards hard. Whether or not that hit was legal will probably be something that’s debated for a long time to come. What came after that, Simon getting up and catching Hollweg in the face with his stick, won’t be.
from Larry Felser of the Buffalo News,
The NHL’s problem is that it can’t - or won’t - shake its “duh!” culture. While pro football goes to extremes to protect its stars, the NHL goes to extremes to coddle its cement heads. Neil went unpunished after the Drury late hit because the NHL doesn’t have a rule against late hits. In the era before helmets were mandatory, not so long ago, the players policed themselves because they respected one another and seldom would do anything that might threaten a career. Now hockey remains in an era where head-hunting is encouraged.
via the CP,
Cam Janssen of the New Jersey Devils has been suspended for three games for his hit on Toronto defenceman Tomas Kaberle during the second period of the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout win in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday night.
Kaberle, who was conscious and communicative after being taken off the ice on a stretcher, spent the night under observation in hospital.
added 5:09pm, from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Of course, I can’t be completely happy with this decision because of the explanation.
Campbell’s statement did not mention that Janssen hit Kaberle in the head. If Janssen had hit Kaberle late but not in the head, it’s very unlikely there would have been an injury. There certainly wouldn’t have been the scary scene that followed the brutal hit. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t even have been noticed. Late hits happen all the time. Guys shake them off and catch up to the play. Just another part of the game.
Like blows to the head, unfortunately.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
I don’t care if they keep ignoring me and every other voice of reason out there (see Jack Todd, Montreal Gazette, for one). I don’t care if every testosterone-filled idiot wants to call me a girl.
Somebody is going to die.
I thought I had just witnessed it. Just minutes ago, here at Continental Airlines Arena.
But the league got lucky again tonight when the Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle somehow raised himself off the ice after Devils winger Cam Janssen hit him in the head, feet from the boards, sending him crashing awkwardly into the boards and crumbling to the ice.
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