Re: Is This a Clean Hit?
posted at 10/22/2013 3:15 PM EDT
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
In response to DaveyN's comment:
I know when i read about players getting suspended a lot of the articles will mention that '"Players name here' will forfeit $xxx,xxx amount of dollars for this suspesion".
Why not hit them harder in the wallet?
Start taking away more money may get players to think twice?
I dunno. Just an idea.
Davey, I'm not sure about the argument of 'hitting harder' with punishment in any way, based on two factors:
1. The rulings now seem almost arbitrary. The difference between a $100,000 fine and a $10,000 fine might be some crazy little nuance that only Shanahan can see, like a predatory look in a players eyes.
2. I think many of the punishments are already too much. Hits like Matt Cooke's could result in a 'forever suspension' and it wouldn't bother me, but in this haste to get tough with the problem, I see a lot of guys getting pretty severe punishments for hits that are somewhat questionable. When a guy turns his back at the last second and then gets plowed, it doesn't seem right for the hitter to suddenly lose half of his salary.
I think players are afraid of suspensions and fines already, but the concussions keep coming for a variety of reasons (speed of the game, failure of players to protect themselves, shoulder pads, etc. etc. It's not just about illegal hits.
Punishment just doesn't seem like an effective tool, all on its own. I think Shanahan needs to stop hammering the square through the circle and start looking into some other approaches too.
I agree with this (and most of what you said)completely. Just not sure how else the league/Shanahan can do that and do it effectively with the NHLPA backing it.