Jared Cowen gets a three-game suspension which also costs him $113,000, which is a lot of money for anybody, because his timing was a LITTLE off when he hit Jussi Jokinen. It was not a shot to the head, which the league itself admitted, and he was only doing his job by laying a check on a player as he crosses the blue line. Jokinen, who was not injured on the play, would have avoided the contact altogether had he not been admiring his own pass, and been skating with his head up, as we were all taught to do as kids.
But the league is looking out for player’s safety, and therefore needs to punish Cowen, who was guilty only of being a second late with the check he is supposed to make.
Jamie Benn punches Henrik Zetterberg in the side of the head not once, but twice, off a face-off in the Dallas-Detroit game the other night. When you punch somebody in the head, the intention is pretty clear.
Benn gets a two minute penalty and nothing more. And Zetterberg is out of the lineup with a concussion.
Where is the concern for safety here?
-Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,