Re: Chara: Green Light given for Police Investigation
posted at 3/10/2011 10:34 AM EST
In Response to Re: Chara: Green Light given for Police Investigation
[QUOTE]try, Good post. I thought last night what they could do in regards to the turnbuckle. I am not sure what they could do. You can't round them off. More padding may help but that force was pretty extreme. Whoever thinks of a new method would be an instant millionare.
Posted by shuperman[/QUOTE]
I guess I wonder why the 'buckles don't have more "give" to them--as the plexiglass is designed to give a little when players smack into it. That may or may not have helped Max avoid injury in this case, altho' it's clear that the padding did very little to save his neck from serious injury the way he hit it.
My biggest complaint about the "penalties" handed out to players is that they are never commensurate with the damage done to the victim. I'm not talking about Chara here, b/c I agree w/the league that there was no intent to injure, but the rule I would instate is simple:
If a hit resulting in serious injury to a player IS determined by league review to have been intentional, the player being penalized should be out exactly as long as they player victimized. That would mean Matt Cooke would not be playing in the NHL right now, and would stay out as long as or if marc Savard ever comes back.
If the victimized player does not miss any time with injury, then the league--again, if determined the hit was intent to injure--should impose a suspension of as many games as they feel warrants the visciousness of the hit.
My point is that HAD Chara's hit been intent to injure, a ten-game suspension means nothing and hardly compensates for the loss of the other team's player, who will surely be out for the playoffs and maybe even much of next year.
. And I guarantee that at the very least we would see fewer goons in the league and certainly more caution for any of the more "angry" players who lash out at a perceived slight (i.e. Todd Bertuzzi) if they knew their suspension could last a year or more, or possibly mean the end of their NHL career if the player they hurt cannot return.