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Is It Time To Fine Organizations For Actions By The Players?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

There are three sets of general managers' meetings in an NHL season. The first happens around Hall of Fame weekend, the last one during the Stanley Cup final. The middle one is right around the trade deadline.

That's the biggie, the only one officially extending more than a day. And it would not be a surprise if, at that meeting, the GMs take a serious look at allowing the league to fine organizations, coaches and themselves for the actions of their players.

In a (highly unofficial) poll of eight GMs last weekend, all said they would be in favour of such a proposal, though a couple pointed out they wanted to hear the NHL's plan first. 

But, as one said, "The time has come."

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Hank1974's avatar

Just make the offending team lose a roster spot until the suspended player returns.
That’ll take care of the problem really quick.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/30/13 at 02:57 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The league already has the authority to do this and yes, they should be doing it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/30/13 at 03:40 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Fines don’t mean squat to the players and they will mean even less to the far wealthier owners.

Here are a couple things the league could do right now:

Stare decisis. Legal jargon meaning respect past precedent. Punishments should be standardized. Every illegal hit is not unique nor does it require in depth analysis. IIRC Shanny has said that his discipline decisions are not based on the precedent of the past incidents because each case is unique. That’s crazy. Establish a precedent for each type of hit and stick to it, regardless of who the perp or the victim is, except of course for repeat offenders…

Penalize repeat offenders on a geometric progression. If a first suspension for a headshot is ten games or seven games for kneeing or five games for whatever, make any second offense 30 games and any third offense an entire season.

A small minority of players are playing the game with zero respect for their fellow players. Harsh punishments that threaten their careers are the only way to prevent them from threatening the careers of their fellow players.

The forfeited salary from the suspension gets paid to the player on the receiving end of the illegal hit. Nothing like missing games AND paying part of your salary to one’s opposition to motivate players to respect each other.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/30/13 at 07:27 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Just make the offending team lose a roster spot until the suspended player returns.
That’ll take care of the problem really quick.

This.  Wouldn’t it be great to see Buffalo playing 2 players short right now because they signed Scott and Kaleta knowing what they are?

Posted by Savage Henry on 10/30/13 at 08:05 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Even better, if a player is injured on a suspendable play (or maybe even only for repeat offenders), they count against the injuring player’s team’s cap until they recover.

Posted by Savage Henry on 10/30/13 at 08:06 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Take the money lost from dirty hits (suspended players lost wages, fines) and have the team pay the same amount into the players emergency relief fund. Also, count that same amount against the cap for the year.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/31/13 at 08:48 AM ET

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