woodhog wrote:Torres would have to be extremely stupid to purposely target Seabrooks head. Especially in the game he returns after serving a suspension for the same offense.
The game is very fast and like Clam said, the difference between a head and a shoulder/chest hit can be minute.
It would be far more simple if the rule was simply "no head shots" meaning no contact with the head first (or hitting someone so their head hits the glass). The length of suspension is then dependent on severity and intent. You hit the head first, it is a penalty/suspension. You (as a hitter) have the responsibility of avoiding head contact.
I don't know what Toucan is arguing. Whether it is what the rules are or what they should be. But Torres hit was arguably not blind side, it was arguably not a head shot (no head contact first, although this is hard to see from the videos I have seen) and it occurred in an area with more latitude (behind the net). Obviously there are a lot of grey areas but the NHL decided that that was a clean hit, and this is AFTER they suspended Torres a few games ago.
What I've started to notice is the alarming frequency of players now putting their hands up to their heads after body contact...trying to sell it to the refs. A few years ago it started w/ the head flipping back and/or putting their hand up to their mouth as if they were cut. Before that it was diving. I've seen Canuck players do this and it pisses me off just as much as when the other team does. Mark my words we're going to see more & more of this.
“What's wrong, what's right?” Daniel Sedin asked the Vancouver Province after the game. “We don't know, you don't know and I don't know if the refs know.”
the toucan kid wrote:Now, you were all against that, as was I, but this stands to me as a blindside, as he didn't see it
Hockey players are slowly turning into a bunch drama queens and Eddie Shore must be rolling in his grave.
trouble wrote:There should be no suspension. on that hit...
the toucan kid wrote:I don't have any problem with stating the game is quick, but that doesn't absolve reckless force, you can't just throw yourself at someone and let the results be what they may. The Bertuzzi hit I watched and think it's one of the best hits I have ever seen, he really measured it and still did the job.