Re: Another Dangerous Hit: Pominville Smoked
posted at 10/12/2010 11:34 AM EDT
In Response to Another Dangerous Hit: Pominville Smoked
[QUOTE]Interested to get opinion's on this hit by Hjalmarsson on Pominville and the Sabres reaction. This hit obviously did not end well for Jason Pominville, as it was reported that he left on a stretcher. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_twXZeZUr0
IMO, it looks like another reckless hit on a very good player. Different part of the ice, but not entirely dissimilar to the Randy Jones hit on Bergeron. I don't think Hjalmarsson is trying to hurt Pominville on the play, but still very reckless. I also thought the Sabres reaction was interesting, not too dissimilar to that of the Bruins in the Cooke/Savard incident. Yes, they tackled Hjalmarsson, but their attention turned quickly to their injured teammate and his well being. You have to wonder how/when this stuff ends or if it ever does? Pominville is a good player for the Sabres, 3rd in points last year. I don't know much about Hjalmarsson, other than he has only played in 113 career games, and doesn't seem to have big PIMs or a suspension history. I continue to believe that the players need to police this stuff, rather than the league (the Cooke hit is exhibit #1), and you have to wonder why they don't. Hockey is a tough game, but it becomes very dangerous for skill players when marginal players are allowed to take liberties and play on the edge. See Pominville and Bergeron (I purposely omit Cooke because I still believe that hit was intentional) if you need an example of the consequences.
Posted by Crowls2424[/QUOTE]
Looks to me that Hjalmarsson led with his hip, not aiming at the head, but his momentum meant that the rest of his (upper) body followed through and caught Pominville in a horribly vulnerable position. Charging, IMHO, is the main penalty, because what caused
the hit to be injury-inducing was the fact that he had such speed coming into it. Normally that sort of check doesn't result in an injury, because normally that sort of check isn't induced by someone going 100 mph.
As for the reaction, as what happened with the Bruins (and the Panthers, when Booth was horribly injured, as I recall), the first flash of instinct (for those who witnessed the hit) is to nab the cluprit, but once everyone realizes that a teammate is badly hurt, your concern shifts to him
. That's just human nature.
BTW, Hjalmarsson isn't a marginal player. He's a good young defenseman and the Blackhawks matched an offer sheet this summer to hang on to him even as they were jettisoning other players left and right.