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Stay Away From The Head

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

You know the NHL has been cracking down on hits to the head for three years now. If you still don’t know where the line is, if you still don’t think the penalties are consistent, if it all seems too nuanced and complicated, then make it simple:

Don’t put your fate in Shanahan’s hands.

Continue to play the physical hockey we love, but don’t try to obliterate your opponent. Stay low. Keep your skates on the ice. Keep your elbows in and shoulders down. Explode through the torso and separate the man from the puck.

And stay away from the freaking head.

Never mind not hurting your opponent. Don’t hurt yourself and your team.

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

Unless head contact is a blatant elbow in a non hockey play last night in the OTT-MTL game.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/06/13 at 12:04 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

The NHL’s line on contact to the head is so mind numbingly stupid when you consider how easy it would be to solve this problem.

Treat contact to the head the same way you treat high sticking.  If you make contact with a players head, accidental or not, you sit for two minutes; and you go up from there according to severity.  Then watch with amazement how the NHL’s head hunters either change their games or drop out of the lineups.

The only way the NHL’s current result-oriented method makes sense is to ask: qui bono? 

Q: Who benefits?

A: The NHL owners… who don’t give a damn about player safety because the non-injury violence lines their pockets.  The Shanaban era isn’t about player safety.  It’s a facade designed to hide the ugly truth: protecting NHLers takes second place to the almighty dollar.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/06/13 at 12:04 PM ET

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Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/06/13 at 01:04 PM ET

I should also say, shame on the NHLPA for it’s complicity in the status quo.  Preventing situations like this is purportedly why we have unions.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/06/13 at 12:07 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Say what you will but here’s the thing:

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING about the NHL’s inconsistency make anything of what Cotsonika says any less true, not even one bit.

Even if you still subscribe to the dartboard/wheel of justice theory… he’s still right.  How DUMB do you have to be as a player to take a turn at it?

Posted by Primis on 05/06/13 at 12:11 PM ET

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Nothing, and I mean NOTHING about the NHL’s inconsistency make anything of what Cotsonika says any less true, not even one bit.

Posted by Primis on 05/06/13 at 01:11 PM ET

Literally the first thing Paul quotes in Cotsonika’s article is untrue:

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

  You know the NHL has been cracking down on hits to the head for three years now.

The NHL hasn’t been cracking down on hits to the head, they’ve cracking down on checks to the head.

You can hit a guy in the head all you want. Just don’t check him in the head.

That, at the most basic level, is why all of this is such hypocritical bullshit.

You can beat a man unconscious with your fists and sit out 5 minutes, but if you do the same thing by way of an actual hockey play, you’re gone for multiple games.

It’s bullshit. You know it’s bullshit, I know it’s bullshit, everyone knows it’s bullshit.

You can argue either way whether Abdelkader or anyone else “deserves” to be suspended for what they did, but until hockey still allows its players to stop the game and attack each other while everyone stands around watching and everyone in the stands cheers, they have no standing whatsoever as far as doling out punishment.

It’s a f*cking joke.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/06/13 at 12:33 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Stay away from the head, unless it’s a deliberate blow with your elbow, that’s okay.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 05/06/13 at 12:35 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

You can argue either way whether Abdelkader or anyone else “deserves” to be suspended for what they did, but until hockey still allows its players to stop the game and attack each other while everyone stands around watching and everyone in the stands cheers, they have no standing whatsoever as far as doling out punishment.

Uhhh…change “until” to “as long as” obviously.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 05/06/13 at 12:35 PM ET

Thag's avatar

It seems to me that Rene Bourque hits people in the head so often that nobody notices anymore.

One would think that since he spent almost half of the season out with a concussion he would know better…

Posted by Thag from DC on 05/06/13 at 01:06 PM ET

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One would think that since he spent almost half of the season out with a concussion he would know better…

Or maybe the face that he spent almost half of the season out with a concussion is why he doesn’t know better…

Posted by Garth on 05/06/13 at 02:00 PM ET

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Fact…not face…  Way to ruin a joke…

Posted by Garth on 05/06/13 at 02:01 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Unless head contact is a blatant elbow in a non hockey play last night in the OTT-MTL game.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/06/13 at 01:04 PM ET

I saw Borurque throw the elbow. As did anyone watching the game. Anyone but the zebras.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/06/13 at 02:29 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

The message is that, in a split second, reacting to a suicide pass, your check must be perfect.

If you just want to go ahead and throw an elbow to the head because you’re mad that’s perfectly cool. Same goes with two handed slashes at another players knees.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 05/06/13 at 03:03 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Ottawa Montreal game last night was probably the best game I’ve seen in years.

They threw caution to the wind ... they ignored the new “pussification” rules ... and they played a real game.

You thing TV ratings are good now .... lets see where they go if every game looks like that one.

It gets a little boring & redundant after a while ...
Skate ... pass ... shoot ... turn around and go the other way
Skate ... pass ... shoot ... turn around and go the other way
Skate ... pass ... shoot ... turn around and go the other way

Opening a new can of worms here but ...
If there is no hitting allowed in the NHL anymore are they going to allow WOMEN to play in the league ??

They might as well.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/06/13 at 05:09 PM ET

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Opening a new can of worms here but ...
If there is no hitting allowed in the NHL anymore are they going to allow WOMEN to play in the league ??

They might as well.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/06/13 at 06:09 PM ET

...because male chauvinism is cool.  When you say to yourself, “opening a can of worms here”... thats a signal to stop talking.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/06/13 at 08:28 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

not meant to be chauvinistic at all bezukov ... in fact its quite the opposite.

if the NHL continues on its current path, hitting will be all but gone in about 5 years.

who to say some 5’ 9” speedster in the womens hockey league doesn’t try to jump ship and play in the mens league ??

just pointing out how much things have changed.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/06/13 at 08:45 PM ET

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