Habfan17 - (Steve Sicard)Member since March 10, 2011
Habs fan since: 1965
Favorite current player: Plekanec
All-time favorite player: Larry Robinson
- Comment on Pacioretty speaks to TSN's McKenzie
I respect Bob McKenzie and his hockey knowledge, but he got this wrong. I just hope that he isn't towing the company line like so many ex NHLers whos lively hoods are connected with the NHL. We all saw first hand when a player speaks the truth about what they really feel, just ask Ferrence, who funny enough, is a Bruin!
I also have an issue that because we are not NHL players we can't know what we are talking about. My eyes and brain work just fine, and anyone with half a brain can see Chara directed his head into the post. For those who try to claim it was a hockey play, or Chara was trying to hold him up, well...the puck was deep in the Bruins end when he hit Pacioretty and Pacioretty was no threat to score a goal, especially with so little time on the clock. Chara had slowed him down, being 6'9" and 265lbs and being about a foot away from the boards would slow anyone down. Chara could have done what 99% of the players would have done, held him! All these factors tell any intelligent person that this was intentional.
The league needs to Hire a person in charge of discipline who has NO ties to any teams, does not answer to the board of Governors, who have their own interests and agendas, and is not connected to any current players in the league or their families. You would think a lawyer like Bettman would have clued into this a long time ago. The discipline board should be independant of the NHLPA, NHL, and the owners and have a clear mandate. Past transgressions should not be a factor when certain infractions occur for the first time. Nor should the fact that the player is a top star. The league needs to put it in writing that a hit from behind, and head shots will come with automatic suspensions, 10 games plus the possibility of additional games based on severity and intent for a first offence, 20 games for the second, 40 games for the third, and a season or possibly a lifetime ban for the fourth or any other offence. The suspension should apply to playoffs when there aren't enough games left in the regular season to cover the suspension. If the team will not make the playoffs, the suspension would continue in the next season. For the simpletons who think this will eliminate hiiting, guess again, there was a time when players like Neely and Robinson knew how to body check, hit hard, but hit with respect and we all enjoyed those good, clean, hard hits!