After doing a season’s worth of hockey podcasts, it’s recently come to my attention that I would suspend players more like Brendan Shanahan, and less like fans. From what I can tell, fans want to see them go longer, and in reality…their case is better than the League’s (and mine): longer suspension would curb more violence than shorter ones. That’s a fact.

But as an ex-player, I just gotta say - some of the hits are just so…dicey. We’re trying to measure intent, we’re trying to put that up against injury, and sometimes things just don’t play out as you planned while on skates and moving fast.

All that said, I thought the Martin Hanzal hit on Dustin Brown was absolute bullshit and I think he deserved more than one game.

It’s a miracle that Brown isn’t seriously injured – just look at the screenshot at the top of this post. This very well could’ve been “the hit” we’re all dreading where an NHLer ends up paralyzed or worse.

Anyway, at least he got some games for it. Here’s the explanation by Brendan Shanahan:

Comments (3)

  1. As a Coyotes fan, I feel we dodged a bullet there. Hanzal is important to this team. #FreeRafi

  2. 1 game that’s it, what a bunch of bull, it should have been at least 3 or 4 games. That was a dangerous hit from behind. Did Doan did anything?

  3. Garbage suspension (as noted, Brown was VERY lucky to have avoided serious injury), but hopefully the Kings knock them off in a sweep and justifiably send this team of cheap-shot artists home for the year.

    Also, it’d be nice to send an message to that idiotic fan who was JUMPING UP AND DOWN after the hit. I mean, sure, he’s probably only ever seen two games before in his life so he didn’t realise that hitting from behind is illegal, but the Phoenix fans need to come around and acknowledge just what a dirty team this is.

    I still can’t believe that they didn’t see anything suspendable from the Morris hit. The Kings should’ve just sat Scuderi and Brown for the rest of the game; they’re being penalised because their players came back into the lineup. It’s ridiculous.

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