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Dealing With The Rule 48 Offender

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Brace yourself, Tom Kostopoulos — this one’s gonna sting.

It won’t hurt as much as the shoulder check you issued to the jaw of Red Wings defenceman Brad Stuart Friday that will have the NHL’s wheel of justice turning right into this morning’s 11 a.m. conference call hearing.

But it’ll leave a mark for sure as your blatant blindsiding is sure to cost you several games and quite a few sheckles as one of the NHL’s repeat offenders.

Sadly for you, the hit comes on the heels of yet another headshot debate sparked by the recent concussion suffered by Sidney Crosby.

While Stuart was being examined by doctors who debated the merits of surgery on the broken jaw (they opted not to operate and simply wired his mouth shut), disciplinarian Colin Campbell and the league refused comment pending the result of the hearing.

What is decided today could be a landmark ruling for a Rule 48 offender.

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Nathan's avatar

I actually thought Stuart saw him coming, so I wouldn’t call it blindside. But it was definitely a hit that targeted the head. Unfortunately, there’s no good angle that shows if his elbow came up before the contact, or if it was natural follow through. But the rule still bans the hit, elbow or not, because the hit was lateral and did target the head.

I’m not going to ask for 10 games like some people. I really don’t know Kostopoulos’ history, so I can’t take that into account, but I think 2 or 3 games is fair, based on this hit, in isolation.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 01/09/11 at 02:05 PM ET

Osrt's avatar

“That was a hockey hit. When did everyone become such pansies!?!!11? ——Mike Milbury, HNIC commentator and still reigning worst GM ever.

Posted by Osrt on 01/09/11 at 02:06 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Milbury disgusts me with his macho BS. Intent to injure is still illegal. Whether rule 48 comes into play or not, Kostopoulos targeted the head. Eager’s suspension was under intent to injure. That fits here as well.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/09/11 at 02:21 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Even if Stuart’s cleared to play, I reckon he’s going to be wearing a cage just to be on the safe side.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/09/11 at 07:35 PM ET

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