Re: Suspend Scott for 30 Games
posted at 10/24/2013 7:59 AM EDT
I think Scott will get a fairly hefty hit - more than five, anyway. He may not have a suspension record, but I can see "The Committee" treating l'affaire Kessel as a history of targeting skilled players.
If I'm playing the Wheel of Randomness or whatever WTL called it, the bad here is that the hit is late and straight into the head, but saying it's not a hockey play is emotion talking. Scott lines up Eriksson when he receives the pass from Bergeron, and he starts gliding into the hit while Eriksson is making the pass to Marchand. He hits him from the front. I think it's only a charge because it targets the head. If there was malice aforethought, he could have exploded into Eriksson with far more force - one or two additional strides, for example, or changing his angle so he's hitting him head on (no pun intended). But then again, Scott isn't exactly nimble, so what he wanted to do and what he was able to do are two different things.
Scott's rep as a goon is going to play against him, too. Death, taxes, the first penalty at the Forum, and goons getting longer suspensions for hits on skill players than vice versa. Ask Grapes.
I think he gets 10, and the reasons will be "hit targeted the head as principle point of contact, was determined to be a major penalty by officials on the ice, and caused a serious injury. In addition, Scott made no attempt to pull off the hit after Eriksson moved the puck despite ample time to do so. Finally, this is the second incident this year involving Scott and a skilled player from another team. Taking all of these factors into account...."
I think Eriksson's back in 5 or 6 based on his ability to skate away with help.