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Afternoon Line- Evander Kane


Made after his 3 game suspension today.

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Alan's avatar

I didn’t see his specific incident, but he’s not wrong. The NHL DOPS is a joke, and it would be wise of the league to put someone in place who will actually discipline with consistency.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/15/20 at 07:06 PM ET



Kane might not be the right messenger; he’s done some dumb things
over the years.

But his larger point is absolutely correct and that’s
what matters. It’s a fallacious distraction to pile on Kane
himself. And someone had to say something. It had to start somewhere.
Just as you want the most favorable set of facts and most sympathetic client
to help create the best opportunity for a favorable broader decision, Kane is again
not the ideal voice. But I admire that he’s willing to take this risk. Usually the league’s response is just “how dare you question our infallibility?!” And then they levy harsh fines and threaten more. But what do the Sharks have to lose this season?

I really hope other players speak up.
It’s been a biased clown show for way too long.
Either arbitrary and wildly inconsistent or rife with favoritism for certain teams and players. This is supposed to be a major league sport and the best hickey league in the world by a long-shot. It’s not supposed to be Gary Bettman and the Jacob’s family’s personal backyard ice rink. But that’s how it’s run. And for anyone who claims the difference between what Kane got and what Chara got, for example, is that the former is a repeat offender, it kind of matters that Chara has been given one egregious, ridiculous pass for incredibly cheap and dangerous conduct most of his career. Yeah, if you never really punish one of the league’s favorites he’s not going be officially counted as a repeat offender to the extent he deserves. That’s not an excuse. It’s instead emblematic of just how biased the league has been regarding the same teams and players on many occasions over several years. It is itself proof how extensive and severe the problem is.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/15/20 at 08:20 PM ET


“hickey league”...sigh.

Idk…maybe a coed league for teenagers?

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/15/20 at 08:21 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

He did what he did and should be suspended for it.  To point out what others have done as a way to justify your actions is about as childish as it gets.

Also, the officiating and discipline in the NHL is a joke.  Has been long before Parros had anything to do with it.

Posted by Hootinani on 02/15/20 at 09:33 PM ET


Again, yeah he’s an imperfect vehicle for this discussion.

I’m not saying he deserves no punishment.

But when else and how else is this subject going to be broached
so bluntly and openly so that it actually gets attention?

It’s such a farce and it’s a major problem with the league’s basic legitimacy.
And sure it didn’t begin with Parros. But it’s sure continuing under Parros.
It never gets better.

And if I were in Kane’s skates - even if I knew I had quite arguably committed a suspendable offense, I would make the same argument: what are the standards and why are they rarely followed with any consistency? If I see my peers getting away with no suspensions for very very similar actions, I’d have every right to question why it’s suddenly suspendable in my case but not theirs. And when we’re just days past extreme violence with a stick used as a weapon to an opponent’s face it’s understandable that a player drawing a suspension for something much more minor would be incredulous. I get that a fine may be all the CBA makes possible for a missed call. But it’s still worth mentioning because a) how on earth do all officials miss/ignore that? and b) what kind of ridiculous CBA mandates a loophole that enormous for such a violent act?

It’s about time someone publicly calls out the league for its arrogantly arbitrary decisionmaking. Sometimes it takes a high-profile athlete with a Twitter following to get any attention. You can’t just wait around anymore for the perfect; unblemished spokesperson who has no issues before the league DoPS to call them on this. Sometimes an overwhelmingly powerful actor like the league needs to be embarrassed and questioned in public to have a real discussion that changes things.

And to Kane’s credit, he isn’t just whining about other players getting away with what he didn’t (which is a pretty reductive lens through which to see his point in speaking out). He actually makes a pretty serious proposal about how to potentially remove league bias from these decisions.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/15/20 at 10:14 PM ET


The play was obviously elbowing, but there clearly isn’t any good standard to determine if elbowing rises to a suspension.

Pionk is apparently healthy, and it didn’t look especially violent or different than other elbowing infractions.

Posted by mtta on 02/15/20 at 11:33 PM ET

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