BurningBeard wrote:Paul Stewart can't believe it's not a suspension.
A pretty damning post coming from a former NHL ref. He saves his most vicious attack for the end of the article.Situations like these are why I say that the NHL Rule Book is a house of cards built on a foundation of sand. James Neal could be the poster child for what is wrong with the NHL discipline system as steered by Brendan Shanahan and, before him, the doubtable … um, redoubtable… Colin Campbell.
From day one, Campbell has been negligent at best and cowardly at worst. Soupy's Axiom to the Peter Principle is that some people rise BEYOND their level of incompetence in a bureaucracy.
Oh lawdy, you're not making many friends Paul...
Shanahan at the very beginning was trying to clean up the game. However, none of those new measures can last. The real problem is not an individual like Shanahan or Campbell. It is the league itself (Bettman and the board of governors). They care less about players nor injuries. All they care about is $$$.