Re: torres on hossa
posted at 4/18/2012 11:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: torres on hossa
[QUOTE]I don't think the "feet" thing means much nor the "head". Think it's a bit of a stretch to say the head was "targeted". In this case, and those like it, the target, and the intent is to absolutely splatter. That used to be fine. Now it isn't, and the league is doing a terrible job getting that across. The issue, is the lateness. 8/10 of a second is eternity in this game. The reason these things are so ugly, is that players usually let their guard down a bit, that long after the puck is gone, and that makes them even more vulnerable. This feet/head crap just makes things murky. Obviously, any physical aggression that is solely responsible for removing someone off the ice on a stretcher needs to go doesn't it? And no penalty? Obviously no one knows the perimeters anymore. Top to bottom there is mass confusion. Throwing suspensions out helter skelter is not working. Maybe the rules should become a bit more clear?
Posted by stevegm[/QUOTE]
I don't know steve, I don't think it is as murky as you, but I get what you are saying. Instead of looking at lifting the feet (which happens a lot) or just head contact (which can be inadvertant), I think it is really an issue of where the hitter targets the energy of the collision. I know that sounds nebulous, but the guys who are delivering hits must learn to take 'center mass' -- body, torso, hips, etc. If your feet come up, or some part of the head is hit on follow-through, I still think it is usually okay if the brunt of the hit is taken body to body.
Dustin Brown's hit on Sedin was a good example -- a brutal hit where the torso was pounded, body on body. Ovechkin and Seidenberg have been putting on a clinic of body thumping hits without taking the head. I thought Chris Neil's huge hit on Boychuk was legal just for that reason -- the torso seemed to be targeted even if some follow through came up high.
Torres appears to do just the opposite. He has the opportunity to take the body and instead he launches higher to get the head. If he didn't jump up at the last second into Hossa you have a pretty clean (still a bit late) hit. Same thing with Rome on Horton -- he sends all of the power and energy of the hit right at Horton's head instead of his body. Instead of bracing for hits, guys are launching themselves upwards. It may be a subtle difference, but the difference in injury level is certainly not subtle. I think Sedin and Hossa were hit very similarly, both were brutal, but since Sedin was hit in the body he was able to keep playing. Hossa left on a stretcher.
It's a tough distinction but I think it is one they need to make. Any big hit must target the area between the hips and the shoulders.
That should be the rule.