Strangelove wrote:It's not fair to say Cherry "blamed the victim".
Cherry: “...Sedin should never be doing this stuff” (shows clip of Daniel’s prior hit with shoulder making some head contact).
Which is what, finishing your check? You take that hit out of hockey you might as well make it Women's hockey.
Cherry has been saying all along that by minimizing fighting / introducing instigator, cheap shots would become more common... that the NHL policing things with refs/suspensions would never work.
Which is what I don't get. Because the Canucks tried to get at Keith all night. Scrum after scrum after scrum. Keith wouldn't fight. So when you have players like that, that will throw cheap shots and then not man-up, you're still looking at the same greasy game we saw.
I'm all for an eye for an eye. I think Alberts should have taken a run at Kane and concussed him for a month. That's what Don Cherry is advocating. This has nothing to do with the instigator, because there is a line-up of players ten-thousand long that will take a million buck paycheck to take a run at star players and then turtle when it comes to being a man.
The problem is the league. They refuse to realistically protect star players. That's an egregious violation of any rule. A violent act that had nothing to do with hockey and everything to do with a retaliatory revenge hit. This is the Art Ross trophy holder. Do you think that the NFL would accept a vicious helmet-to-helmet, blindside, late hit to Eli Manning, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees? It's got nothing to do with the teams' response. It's got everything to do with player safety. Obviously, 5 games isn't enough. Ron McLean was right (
) for a change. 20 games. Make THAT the standard, and the game might clean up. At the very least you'd be punished adequately.
BTW, love Elliot Friedman bringing up the Rome suspension. It doesn't matter that it was under a different regime last season. You got 4 SCF games for a legal, but late, check. Now you get 5 regular season games for an illegal, elbow to the jaw of a top-10 player in the league, without any possession of the puck. That is a joke.