Re: Kadri steamrolls Backstrom
posted at 11/14/2013 2:54 PM EST
Looks to me...like Kadri intentionally took a run. Arms...whatever..doesn't matter. Shame on the rest of the Wild.
As for Backstrom... In my world, you do everything you possibly can...to act unhurt, even if you are. Acting like you've been shot, followed by playing dead, then rising from the dead to compete unencumbered for the rest of the game is pukish.
Kadri got his penalty. Any time a game is delayed by an apparent injury, the injured player should be immediately sent to the dressing room for a thorough examination that will take at least a few shifts to complete. That may curtail some of the theatrics.
I see this hit as one that should have resulted in a shit-kicking, not a suspension. The injury factor has to play a big role in suspensions. We should have penalties for violations, and suspensions for these same type of things when players are injured because of the reckless use of "excessive" force.
Hockey is a tough business. It's meant to be that way, and physical punishment is intrinsic to the games fabric. There needs to be subjectivity, and a bit of reasoning in the process when doling out punishment. Boarding and charging, are 2 examples of penalties that were solely introduced to limit the force of a "clean check". These terms were almost unheard of in the 50's and early 60's.
Targeting the head seems to be the buzzword, but that's as convoluted as it gets. What ends up being "the head", isn't necessarily "targeted", and it's very difficult to quantify in many situations.