Re: ?? What? League to review elbow to Grabo's head by Ference ??
posted at 5/2/2013 9:59 PM EDT
In response to DrCC's comment:
In response to Davinator's comment:
I do not believe there should be suspensions for unintentional acts - except for having control of your stick at all times.
In the definition of the Elbowing rule above its says 'the use of an extended elbow...'
To me, that means intentionally.
Ference's arm/elbow moved away from his body, perhaps trying to cushion the impact from the incoming checker.
So, the question is: was it intentional (in an effort to hit Grabovski with the elbow)?
If AF says it was unintentional and Shanny believes it was, there should not be a suspension/fine. Otherwise it is coincidental contact with the bigger player usually getting the short end of the stick.
We shall see soon enough.
Like it or not, the League seems to be moving towards treating hits to the head the same way as high-sticks. Any player involved in physical contact is supposed to take reasonable steps to avoid hitting his adversary in the head.
...kinda hard to do if he didn't see the player coming into him...but I hear what you're saying. If a player has to start watching out to avoid a hit to the head at any cost, he's not following the puck. Keeping the arms down is not enough for a 6'-5" player against one who is 5'-10" (for example).
Oh well. AF gets a game. Hamilton comes in relief.