Re: David staples post draft: still at it
posted at 8/4/2010 3:24 PM EDT
In Response to Re: David staples post draft: still at it
[QUOTE]The ridiculousness of your last line, OC, actually comes back around to the value of players policing themselves. The NHLPA - especially under the direction of Donald Fehr! - will never accept a multiple year suspension for an intent to injure foul short of a foreign object being concealed in a player's equipment for the express purpose of attacking the opposition (anyone thinking Last Boy Scout gets two points). They fight like hell to get 5 game suspensions for repeated and deliberate hits from behind reduced. The problem is that the money is insane. Mike Richards gets a full season for his hit on Booth and that's an over $6M fine. Same act by Schecky Goonberg is only costing him $500K. But no player has yet successfully sued for lost wages due to someone laying down the law on the ice - though Steve Moore might yet if he stops claiming he could have been a second liner for a decade. I said it all through the Cooke furor - the only way to really make this work is to modify the behaviour of GMs who issue contracts to known idiots and place value on "agitators". The way you do that is to go after the stars, not the agitators. Cooke runs Savard, Thornton pounds Crosby, Stuart pounds Malkin, Chara pounds Staal, Lucic runs Fleury. It wouldn't be long before Crosby's in Shero's office saying "tell me again why Matt Cooke is on the team?" I'd love the hearing with the disciplenary colon: "Why did you attack Crosby?" "I was agitated."
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Oh I know what you mean, I was intentionally exaggerating to illustrate a point; that the penalties need to be more severe to act as an effective deterrent. EDIT: Actually, i wasn't even exaggerating that much. I'm speaking from the perspective of an idealist. Of course the NHLPA would have a problem, but that's not what concerns me, I'm not the commish.
I agree with most of what you said, There is no beating that Cooke could take that would equal losing Savard for the playoff run. The only person that could make up for it is crosby or malkin.
But then it gets into a rediculous situation where you are trying to hurt players, star players, that don't deserve it. It's bad for the game. In my opinion, the NHL wouldn't drop a fraction of a percentage in the ratings if Randy Jones was banned for life.
No one cares about the Matt Cookes and the Randy Jones of the world, suspend them for serious amounts of time. Take away their right to play the game.