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Thinking Of The Wallet, Not The Brain

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...Slap Shots has been told the NHLPA, at least as the union has been represented on the competition committee, has consistently argued against punishments that fit the crime of head-targeting.

Indeed, we were told by a well-placed source the PA only signed off on Rule 48 last summer on the condition that VP Colin Campbell not impose what the players referred to as “super suspensions,” for those guilty of coming laterally to apply blindside hits to the head.

Which is why suspensions, even for repeat offenders, are generally fewer than five games.

Under those circumstances, even acknowledging the amount of space and the tens of thousands of words we have devoted to excoriating Campbell, commissioner Gary Bettman and the league for not applying harsh suspensions to headhunters, the athletes are now marked as co-conspirators in the league’s laissez-faire attitude to the felonious among them.

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Good headline.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/06/11 at 02:16 PM ET

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Suspensions should not negate players’ pay.  Rather teams should be forced to play with one less roster spot for the length of the suspension.  That way the team gets penalized.  That would get the attention of players more than a dock in pay.

Posted by CallMeJerry on 02/06/11 at 03:32 PM ET

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