Re: John Scott's Cheapshot
posted at 10/24/2013 11:57 AM EDT
In response to hangnail's comment:
I know it won't happen, but the league needs to make a distinction between the following:
1. Goon vs. hockey player crime, and
2. Hockey player vs. hockey player crime.
Punishment for infractions in category 1 should be heftier than those in category 2. Time to get the "Hit Men" out of the league. Most "enforcers", including Thornton, wouldn't headhunt the oppositions skill players. The Scott hit is just wrong on so many levels.
I kind of agree with this sentiment, although I know the league can't get into distinctions in punishment based purely on skill.
But since Shanahan has already gone down the road of subjective reasoning instead of consistency, why not add this element? That is, evaluate hits on the whether they are just an extension of competitive hockey plays or something that just has no place in the game.
John Scott shouldn't be in the league. He shouldn't have been on the ice last night. His only possible contribution to the game is to injure an opposing player if he can catch one. He hit an opposing star player late, illegally, and brutally. That player is now injured. There was no reason for the hit behind the play. They weren't chasing the puck, Eriksson did not put himself in a vulnerable position like Kronwall or Penner. Eriksson got mugged.
If Scott isn't punished heavily, the NHL lends credence to the notion that any team can hire any thug of the street to strap on a pair of skates and go mug a skill player from a rival team.
There could not be a better example of what needs to be removed from the game.
Throw the book. Scr*w precedence.