I don’t have anything to add except this: Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy.
The NHL should just shut up when it starts talking about player safety and eliminating dangerous, reckless plays. This was textbook, reckless boarding, and McDonagh could have broken his neck, and we still don’t know what his injuries are, though Brendan Shanahan in his explanation said the league has been told there were no significant injuries. That, of course, shouldn’t even be part of the equation. Wimpy.
Here’s the announcement, from the NHL:
BRUINS’ FERENCE SUSPENDED FOR THREE GAMES
NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2012) – Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended for three games without pay for boarding New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during NHL Game #699 in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ference will forfeit $36,486.48. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 1:50 of overtime. A major penalty and game misconduct for charging were assessed on the play.
For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=53&id=151724.