Re: Lucic will be suspended
posted at 12/18/2011 8:25 AM EST
In Response to Re: Lucic will be suspended
[QUOTE]I don't believe Lucic's claim that he feels he hit Rinaldo in the shoulder, just as I don't believe his claim that he couldn't avoid Miller. Hits from behind are dangerous (and cowardly). They can cause paralysis. Blind side hits to the head are dangerous. They can cause severe concussions. Do we really need these hits in the game? I say no. There are plenty of opportunities in a game to deliver solid, clean body checks. Those are the hits I like to see.
Posted by hangnail[/QUOTE]
Why bring in blindside hits to the head? You're not suggesting the Miller collision was one?
I can see why you might not believe Lucic's story, but it's a loooong way from thinking he could have avoided Miller or could have hit Rinaldo differently to he took a malicious shot at both guys. Lucic could
have avoided Miller, but I think he'd have had to go into the play with a different thought process - one where avoiding the collision is as or more important than winning the race for the puck. Everyone who doesn't believe him talks about it being physically possible for him to avoid Miller. No one talks about his brain moving fast enough from breakaway mode to assessing where Miller's moving to, to avoiding him. That's the part he wasn't able to manage.
Cowardly to hit a guy square in the numbers, sure, but again, like the elbow that supposedly fired up Crosby's PCS, guys are moving quickly. You aim for the lateral hit, the shoulder, and sometimes you're going to miss. Think about the number of clipping penalties in the NFL where a guy tries to get a lateral block but mistimes it just enough for the play to be illegal. In Lucic's case, if it results in a boarding call and a hit straight to the back, well, discipline is what it is. In this case, though, it will come down to things you can see on the tape. Did he hit him on the shoulder or between the numbers? No story about intent necessary.