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It’s Up To Bettman

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

... Bettman conveniently overlooked another league bylaw, 28.1, which says, in part, “the Commissioner may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any [game] and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions …”

That is just one of several NHL bylaws that give Bettman all sorts of unilateral power in all sorts of matters on and off the ice. However, too often when the commissioner or any other NHL executive says “it’s something we’ll continue to discuss,” it really means “we’ll keep tap dancing until you fools are distracted by something else and forget about it.”

The state of fighting in the NHL is such that Bettman needs to show he is serious when he said it is something the league will “focus on, particularly with the general managers.” And it needs to go beyond rushing in a rule change at the GMs’ next meeting, Nov. 12, that makes goaltenders, like Emery, who assault unwilling combatants subject to suspensions.

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You don’t need to make more rules; simply enforce the ones already on the books.  Enforce them in a fair, even-handed way across the board and you will see a great improvement in the game.  Please notice that I said “fair”, “even-handed” and “across the board”.  That means no more playing favorites in regard to particular players, or what teams are involved.  And no shortening the penalty because “no one got hurt”.  That’s a pile of BS.  You need to penalize John Scott the same as Zdeno Chara.  You can’t let someone board Kaleta but then suspend him for the same act. 

I would also advise that Shanahan, if not removed from office, be given 4 assorted former players as co-equals in the realm of discipline.  Make them sit in council together, keep records of the punishments meted out and why they were so judged.  Accountability needs to run both ways in the league.

Posted by Nuthatch on 11/05/13 at 09:17 PM ET

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