It’s too much, in my opinion. There’s still a part of me that bristles at giving a guy the Chris Simon treatment for a hit that, frankly, wouldn’t have been suspended and would have been part of VHS highlight tapes all but 10 years ago.
Via Greg Wyshynski’s post on the Raffi Torres suspension.
This is an attitude that has to die for the NHL to move forward. It is no longer acceptable to cling to nostalgia for the days when a hit like Torres’ would have been a positive highlight reel entry and gone unpunished. We know too much now about the effects of these hits. It’s time to grow up.
A line where there is physicality in the game, but not those kinds of hits, is attainable. We need to start demanding that the League set it.
Penalize, suspend and ban for head contact. Without regrets for a lost, dinosaur NHL.