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PHT Extra: About all these suspensions…

Dec 19, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

With all the talk — you might even say hysteria — surrounding the recent rash of suspensions in the NHL, Mike and I joined Kay Adams for another award-winning (fingers crossed) PHT Extra today.

Is there a lack of respect among players these days? Here’s a couple of bloggers with a hot sports take:

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  1. jacketsfan7 - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Can’t agree more with what both you guys said

  2. hosewater2 - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    All these suspensions have done nothing to prevent injuries.

    1. Close the Department of Player Safety.
    2. Players sign a waiver acknowledging that hockey can be dangerous, they are paid alot of money, and any short or long term injuries are their own responsibility.
    3. No instigator penalties.
    4. Refs penalize per rulebook.
    5. We all go on with life.

  3. jimw81 - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    players have lack of respect for each other because they can hide behind the instigator rule inwhich created this problem. it doesnt allow the players to police themselves.

    • joey4id - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Yep! Let Thornton and Bertuzzi police the game because that worked out so well. How does Parros police the game from the infirmary while nursing a concussion. You think when Wilson charged Schenn he was thinking about hiding behind the instigator rule? How did that work out for him? Grossman was all over him. How many fights are you going to see during the Olympics? No one will be hiding behind the instigator rule yet there won’t be a fight. hmmmm! I wonder why.

    • shortsxit34 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      I never really bought into this argument. If somebody takes a run at your best player, a minor penalty shouldn’t prevent you from coming to his aide.

  4. devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Sometimes I only watch these for Kay Adams.

  5. blomfeld - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM


    Sorry there PHT, but ‘respect’ or a lack thereof has absolutely nothing to do with this. The bottom line is simple, in that the players perpetrating this ‘gutless & wanton’ violence only do so because they have nothing to worry about … there are no ‘real’ consequences and they know that. This no different than anything else in life, 99 times out of 100. A dog will never bite if he knows that it will lead to his own immediate death. A thief will never steal if he knows that it will lead to his hands being lopped off. A killer will never kill if he knows that it will lead to him being lined up against the nearest wall … etc, etc, etc. The current rules are ‘weak & spineless’ at best and Brendan Shanahan is a ‘useless & effeminate’ pansy. Bettman needs to put a ‘real’ man in charge right now, armed with a new ‘lethal’ set of powers which will eradicate this gutless behavior once and for all. You want to smash someone ‘headfirst’ into the boards ? Okay, then you’re gone for an entire season, you’re fined at least a million dollars and you’re charged with ‘assault & battery’ in a criminal court … no if, ands or buts !

    ps: when I emigrated to Sweden back in ’79, I found it curious how positively no one would drink and drive ? … it turned out that anyone foolish enough to do so, would lose their driving license for life, while any passengers in the car would lose theirs for at least two years ! … it seemed to work, as I never once saw or heard of any drunk driving during the entire 4 years that I lived in that country …

  6. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Take all there pads off and they won’t be throwing their body’s around like they do

    • shortsxit34 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      There’s a lot of truth to this. When players are wearing football style shoulder pads and elbow pads that cover their entire forearm, they have no fear about launching themselves like a missle.

      Another thing I don’t quite understand, a few seasons ago I remember the league changed the rules regarding equipment. There were supposed to be no hard shells-they had to be covered by a certain amount of foam. Tons of players’ equipment are still exposing the shells, so obviously that isn’t the case. Does anybody know what happened? Did the change the rule back or did they never implement it?

  7. bwayblueshirt - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    This article makes a slightly different assertion, supported by a few years of suspension history:

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