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.