Re: I think a 4 game suspension is fair
posted at 6/8/2011 1:03 PM EDT
In Response to Re: I think a 4 game suspension is fair
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: I think a 4 game suspension is fair : You want rational commentary? Here's some for ya. Nathan Horton has been denied his dream of playing a hockey game for the Stanley Cup, lifting it above his head and skating a lap around the rink. He will never get that back. A #7 D-man takes out a top three forward in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. And you are whining he was suspended for 4 games? Really? Seriously?
Posted by scooter244[/QUOTE]
The league admitted that part of the rationale for the suspension was the injury sustained by Horton. I would contend that most of the severity of that injury was a result of his head hitting the ice, rather than the impact of the hit itself. If we watch the replay objectively, then I'm quite sure that we can agree on that.
I think we can also agree that Rome didn't "take a run" at Horton. This would be physically impossible, since Rome is actually skating backwards until Horton passes the puck, then stops (you can see the snow flying off Rome's skate), then takes one step into Horton.
I agree that the hit is late. That's why the call was Interference, and not Charging.
But I also think (and this is where Boston fans and Vancouver fans differ), is that Horton should have had better situational awareness, about where he was, in relation to the Canucks' d-men. Some are saying that he was staring down the pass, because he was expecting a quick return pass. However, if he was reading the play properly, he would have seen Rome ahead of him, and Sedin almost beside him, backchecking. A return pass in that situation would have resulted in a turnover, and a quick Canucks counterattack. The proper move for Horton, after making the pass, would have been to read the positions of Rome and Sedin, and look for open ice in the slot area, as the shot was being taken, and looking for a rebound.
Yes, the hit was late. And please believe me when I say that I am upset that Horton will not be able to participate in the series -- I agree with everyone 100% that this is every NHL players' dream.
However I will never agree with Bruins' fans contentions that Aaron Rome is a dirty player who intended to injure Horton and take him out for the series.