Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/26/05 at 08:58 AM ET
Roenick suffered the 11th documented concussion of his career Sunday night, the result of a clean but dubiously delivered shoulder check by Phoenix defenseman Denis Gauthier "You don't do that in the preseason," Roenick said. "You don't try to take people's heads off in the preseason. I let him off the hook in Phoenix last week (in a similar situation) because I respect the fact that he's a veteran. "It's ridiculous to come across and hit someone who's had concussions before and someone who's been in the league as long as I have. It's totally disrespectful and should be addressed by the league." "What bothers me is that it didn't have to happen," Roenick said. "I've been around a long (expletive) time and it's things like that that end people's careers, especially in the preseason when people are trying to get in shape and avoid stuff like that." "I respect Gauthier. He's a hard player, but there's no room in the game for (stuff) like that. ... It indicates the state of our game and the lack of respect that is evident. This is one of the reasons our league is not as popular as it once was." "It was not a dirty hit, but probably an uncalled for one," Kings coach Andy Murray said.
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