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Predators not happy with NHL decision on Hossa

Apr 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

Understandably, the Predators aren’t all that happy with the NHL’s
decision not to suspend Marian Hossa. After all, it was eerily similar
to the hit that landed Alex Ovechkin a two-game suspension earlier in
the season. Predators
GM Davis Poile was a bit upset himself:

“I thought, from our standpoint, it merited a suspension
and a game misconduct, but the league didn’t, so we move on,” Poile
said. “(The hit) is not why we lost the game, the only thing that
matters now is how we play (in Game 6).”

Of course, yesterday the team said they’d be happy with whatever
decision the league made. I’m guessing they’d be a bit more
understanding if they had the result they really wanted and thought
Hossa deserved.

I could have told you he wouldn’t be suspended as
soon as the game was over. The referees actually made the wrong call on
the ice, defaulting to the ever-present “boarding” penalty that we’re
seeing way too often. Instead, it should have been a checking from
behind call, which would have constituted an automatic misconduct. A
boarding call requires an upper body injury to warrant a misconduct,
such as the Alex Ovechkin hit on Brian Campbell.

Once again, the
resulting injury is more important than the hit itself.

  1. roboninja - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Maybe it was not called checking from behind because it was not a check? I could barely call it a shove. It was an unfortunate circumstance, but in most scenarios, that type of a push would have resulted in absolutely nothing; Hamhuis was just caught at exactly the wrong time, and was off balance. You cannot legislate that out of the game. I thought the 5-minute penalty was overkill.

  2. hockeychef - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Oh please…it was a mirror image of the Ovechkin “shove” on Campbell. It makes the NHL look worse than NASCAR in its consistently arbitrary rulings. I’m not a fan of either team, just a hockey fan that would like to see some Colin Campbell and the rest of the idiots in Toronto replaced with a committee of hockey people who can make informed and consistent decisions. This one was wrong. Now we’ll have to listen to Commissioner Bettman defend another one of Colie’s blunders. Its simply embarrassing to the sport.

  3. Duck fan - Apr 26, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Totally agree with you. As a fan of the Ducks whose players have been on the receiving end of the longest suspensions (Pronger and Wisniewski, 8 games each), Campbell is clear evidence that rules are made to be broken. A rule should be a rule, whether intentions are there or not, whether a player is a repeat offender or not and whether a player is racing for the puck or not. Campbell’s actions set another bad example for fans. I guess we’ll have to wait until the latter part of next year’s regular season when this becomes an issue yet again and such hits will be penalized! This is totally frustrating and unfair to other players and teams.

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