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By now, we’ve all seen the “push” from behind that Alexander Ovechkin delivered upon Brian “Soupy” Campbell on Sunday. Ovechkin received five for boarding, a game misconduct and an automatic ejection. Campbell received a broken clavicle and broken ribs and will miss the remainder of the season. It’s also believed that he has suffered a grade 2 concussion. This is Ovechkin’s third game misconduct of the season and his second for boarding, but contrary to public opinion, it does NOT carry a mandatory suspension. We will, though, get to see what Colin Campbell is made of after playing his “consistency” card last week.
After nearly three days of waiting for the ruling on Matt Cooke’s blindside hit which has apparently ended Marc Savard’s season, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell made his shocking decision: no suspension for Cooke. Consistency has never been one of Campbell’s calling cards. His bizarre method of justice has never made any sense. Somewhere in his office, he has a disciplinary wheel of fortune, a dartboard of justice, a random number generator. Nobody ever knows what to expect when a player has a meeting with Campbell. Sometimes identical incidents result in widely differing supplemental discipline against the offending player.
Perhaps, then, this decision not to suspend Matt Cooke isn’t surprising at all.
Instead of saying “we made a mistake with the Mike Richards incident, and we want to get it right this time”, Campbell said he needs to be consistent. Never mind that he’s never been consistent at all. The really dangerous thing is that Campbell has played the “consistency” card and he will have to live with that for the remainder of this season. Other players now know that they can deliver blind-side head-high hits and not be held accountable. The safety of the players is being totally disregarded.