donlever wrote:We can speculate as to the hows and whys but the truth is out there...
I think it's pretty clear what's happening.
Elliotte Friedman was talking about supplementary discipline, and how some of these longer suspensions are really hurting teams. One example he used was Wiesnewski and his 8 game suspension to start the year, and how that contributed to the Jackets horrible start that killed their season.
The feeling is that tough suspensions are really hurting teams.
Before you ask what the problem is, I'd have to say a lack of fortitude and most importanly self-preservation. NHL GM's and Coaches aren't the best to ask when it comes to discipline, because they're in a bottom line business, and only winning will save their jobs.
But of course, the NHL can't be more lenient in suspensions, at least not obviously so, during a time when concussions are a hot-button issue.
So what's the easy way out?
Calling the game differently, slowing it down by allowing obstruction, and when certain questionable hits happen, try to get off on a technicality if possible.
We've seen more borderline hits slide in terms of suspensions than we saw earlier in the season, and it's obvious the game is being officiated differently.
I just wish the NHL wouldn't play it's audience for fools all the time, hiding behind some bullshit technicality or giving us the "players are adapting" song and dance.