The NHL went easy on Chris Simon — in my eyes at least — suspending the Islanders forward for 30 games after he stepped on Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu on Saturday night.
Many of you have weighed in on the Simon issue, and some have even gone so far to say they don’t think what he did this time around was as bad as his vicious slash on Ryan Hollweg last March. But here’s the point: it doesn’t matter. Given the severity of his hit on Hollweg, Simon couldn’t afford to be guilty of much more than the occasional roughing call. For Colin Campbell to even have to hear the name Chris Simon after that is a sign the guy needs to be out of the game at least for a year.
And this isn’t even really about Simon, a troubled guy who many in hockey still like and respect. It’s about hockey, and the message you’re sending your own league and the rest of the sports world when you don’t deal with violence swiftly and harshly.
It’s not because of Chris Simon that the greatest game in the world is stuck in purgatory on Versus and still fighting for even a sliver of the mainstream attention.
But put it this way: he’s certainly not helping.
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