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by Paul on 03/03/11 at 01:02 PM ET
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
But the video of the Gillies hit, itself, was unremarkable. A cheap shot like that happens so often now, the audience is practicallly numbed by it, and why wouldn’t it be? The players don’t police themselves, there is no internal discipline for reckless behaviour, and the NHL doesn’t take the incidence of head injuries to its players seriously - even one to the best player in the world, who may or may not be back this season, or ever again be the player he was.
It’s what Button (on NHL Network) was saying that struck me. And though I’ve heard the idea mooted before, I don’t believe a former NHL director of player personnel (Dallas Stars) and GM (Calgary Flames) has ever mouthed such sentiments on a league-funded TV network.
What he said was: show some balls, NHL.
Don’t just punish the player, punish his coach and teammates by making them play with 17 skaters for the duration of the suspension. Punish the general manager by counting the suspended player’s salary against the cap. Make all the enablers of this epidemic of irresponsible behaviour pay a price for it, and you might be surprised how quickly the jackass quotient in the the NHL is eliminated.
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