Re: Miller diagnosed with concussion
posted at 11/13/2011 10:51 PM EST
People are starting to see things that didn't actually happen in the play.
1. Lucic and Miller were both playing the puck, and both saw the other coming. Not blind side. Either of them could've moved to avoid the hit, and both agreed to continue their line and initiate contact. According to the rules, Lucic is not allowed to make deliberate or intentional contact with a goalie (in or out of the crease), and a penalty should be called.
2. When it was clear a hit was coming, Lucic stopped moving his feet. He glided before impact. The fact that it was called "charging" and not simple goaltender interference, as the rule states, was odd.
3. It was NOT a hit to the head. Miller began to lift his arms up, while Lucic dropped his shoulder and made sure contact was body to body. Lucic also changed his angle to make it body to body. He also did not "explode" into Miller, nor did he follow through with his line of checking. He hit, and immediately lifted up and peeled off to minimize damage.
4. Miller acted like he got shot. Seriously. I get the "different body size" and whatnot, but the spin-o-rama was completely disproportional to the hit. I seriously wonder if he was trying to embellish to get a call.
5. The wild swinging of the stick is being ignored. Anyone who intentionally swings his stick at another player when not a play for the puck is supposed to be issued a slashing penalty.
61.1 Slashing- Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.
6. Lucic's comments after the game were silly. Should've kept his mouth shut.
7. Guess concussion protocol doesn't apply. We saw it in the playoffs last year and again with Miller. That policy needs to go away or be enforced. One or the other. Again, medical records are not revealed, but I find it fishy the diagnosis came so late, and there was no plan to meet with Lucic until after the diagnosis. He's already "feeling better", and might miss one game. Again, I feel there needs to be protocol. If a concussion is diagnosed, there needs to be "X" amount of calendar days that pass before a player is even eligible to return. Not to be Dr. Recchi here, but I smell a rat.