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I agree 100% with the Olympic ice. But Mario Lemieux even attributed his retirement to the ridiculous amounts of clutching going on. Skill was now allowed to flourish because there was no punishment for latching on to them.
"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
I think Weber should have been suspended a game, first off.
Secondly, I'll agree with Wysh (Yahoo! Puck Daddy blogger) that this was a message specifically to a guy (Torres) who doesn't get it. Hits in the head, is suspended, comes back and does it again, gets suspended again, comes back, and .... You get the idea. I've lost track of the number of times he's been disciplined for illegal hits, and all I think to the head.
I'll go farther than Wysh did. I think this was a message to franchises that are thinking of signing someone with prior suspensions for this type of conduct. I think they want to attack the conduct at the root, which is whether or not the player makes money doing it. Franchises will be leery of tossing money at a guy who may or may not be there during a playoff series. Now, the franchises can't argue the unfairness -- Shanahan has set the mark, in that sense, not for discipline, but for treating discipline-worthy hits from repeat offenders resulting in serious injury harshly, whether or not the team is in the playoffs.
Thank you, Denicos.
Bertuzzi was forced to sit out the entire 2004-05 season. Though the NHL season didn't happen, he was ineligible to play in any IIHF-sanctioned league or tournament, including the World Championships or any European league.
Bertuzzi's suspension by the NHL lasted well over a year.
I agree, He left his feet and went for the head. These offenses are written into the rule book and not a clean play,
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