The poorly-named NHL Department of Player Safety released Max Pacioretty scott-free after his leaping, from-behind, driving of Ryan McDonagh’s head into the glass Saturday night (see photo in previous thread).
I guess they were looking out for Pacioretty’s safety.
I can only say that I am flabbergasted at Brendan Shanahan, and/or the ridiculous set of rules with which he has to work. And that I can only imagine what that decision might have looked like had McDonagh’s jersey said “Crosby” on the back.
The NHL has this absurd set of rules regarding head shots … the head must be the initial point of contact. So you could, technically I guess, ride your elbow up somebody’s shoulder and have a complete free shot to then unload on his head. No wonder guys like Matt Cooke and Chris Neil run around maiming people.
The NHL has a concussion epidemic, and the NHL deserves it. Perhaps I have been unfair to Shanahan in calling him gutless or whatever … perhaps the real problem is the laughable set of rules the league’s Player Safety people have given him — that if the head isn’t the initial point of contact, you can’t suspend anybody.
So maybe you really do need to have a fourth line loaded with thugs in this neanderthal sport.