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On The Automatic 10-Game Suspension

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

So, if 10 games is the standard based on a rule introduced years ago – perhaps in response to an era when brawls were commonplace – its time the National Hockey League considered either standardizing automatic suspensions for other malicious acts or removing automatic suspensions altogether. 

Witkowski’s actions didn’t warrant a 10-game suspension and it’s likely his punishment will be introduced as evidence at a future competition committee meeting or during CBA discussions that the rule needs to be revisited.

One suggestion is to lift the term “automatic” or allow the Department of Player Safety to overrule when applicable.


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w2j2's avatar

I agree. 10 games is overkill.
There should be some leeway for the league to decide a length of suspension for the individual case.

Posted by w2j2 on 11/17/17 at 05:57 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I definitely feel like the ten game suspension is a huge overkill for what actually happened. Unfortunately, the rule states that it’s an automatic suspension, and that doesn’t leave much wiggle room at all for DoPS folks. I understand they had a “lengthy” debate about it, which could result in a rule change somewhere down the line.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/17/17 at 06:53 PM ET

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