Kukla's Korner

KK Members Blog

DIRTY HITS, GOONS & WHY THE NHL CODE WORKS


Following his reckless boarding of Buffalo Sabres’ Jason Pominville Monday night, the NHL handed down a two game suspension to the mad Swede which will make his next game back against?…you got it, the Sabres.  This was not an accident by the NHL disciplinarians.

How much is that NHL Center Ice Package again?

Whether or not the hit was dirty or intentional is a topic best left for the A.M. sports radio crowd and others who will use this as just another bullet point in their “Concussions Bad” or “Hockey Violent” PowerPoint presentations.  Thankfully, Pominville is not stretched out in some Buffalo area hospital bed in traction, and equally important in the cosmic sense, Niklas Hjalmarrson will get his chance to back up just how tough a guy he is on Saturday night at the United Center.  Only this time, the players will actually get to see him coming.

Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson may wish he had been suspended longer

No other sport polices its’ own the way that hockey does, and in an age of toothless rounding error fines to millionaires and notes to go to the commissioner’s office for a hearty scolding, it’s nice to see a sport that offers a real deterrent.  If war can be seen as the ultimate failure of politics and negotiation, then maybe a black eye and busted lip will make one think the next time they plow into somebody’s back, mash their face against the glass and play coin-flip with their career. 

Whether or not Hjalmarsson gets himself rag dolled Saturday night by some freshly minted goon up from St. God-knows-where-ville who doesn’t even report to the ice with a stick, no one knows.  Sometimes these things get ugly, with PIMs a plenty and the ice littered with scattered sticks, gloves and helmets.  Other times, nothing really happens save a couple of cross checks here and there.  The point for Hjalmarsson is that there will be no safe haven Saturday night, no absolution through pocket change and none through a few platitudes like “I really didn’t mean to hurt Jason” or “it’s a fast game out there” to get him off the hook.  He’ll get to skate out on the ice with four other Blackhawks Saturday and face the music.  His teammates will certainly have his back, but not to be his bodyguards, rather to ensure a fair fight. 

If honor is about confronting consequences, Niklas Hjalmarsson will be doing just that tomorrow night for not only his own integrity, but for that of hockey itself and the protection of future players.

Filed in: | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: buffalo+sabres, chicago+blackhawks, concussions, enforcers, jason+pominville, niklas+hjalmarsson

Comments

danabob's avatar

We are talking about the Sabres here. This will be a boring non-eventful game. They have 15 guys who haven’t even realized the season has started yet. They need a win, never mind the theatrics and BS.

Posted by danabob on 10/16/10 at 02:32 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About KK Members Blog

If you want to be a hockey writer, be our special guest!

We’re giving the KK community a chance to add their two-bits. Sign up to be a KK member, write your piece, and be heard right here on one of the Internet’s most visited hockey news websites.

 

How to Post

More details here. But basically, just use the posting page to write anything you like on what's going on in the hockey news or your analysis of the NHL and your favorite team.

We only ask that you avoid profanity, and that you're careful to credit your sources -- news media or other bloggers -- and provide links to those other sites when appropriate.

Need help? Check out our help page.