Hey, did you guys hear about the latest controversy surrounding hits
to the head and late hits and boarding and intent to injure and the
NHL’s double standard for punishments and the inconsistencies from one
hit to another hit?
— Takes breath —
Well, here’s another piece of kindling to throw into the fire that’s
currently burning. Darren Helm was nearly knocked for a loop after a
blind side hit by the Sabres’ Raffi Torres. The hit was reminiscent of
Matt Cooke’s hit from just last week, but has received hardly any
attention in the aftermath of the Alex Ovechkin mess. In fact, Torres
wasn’t even accessed a penalty.
I’m guessing if Helm had been taken off the ice on a stretcher we’d
be discussing how these dangerous hits are still technically legal, but
since Helm is fine then we’ve all just moved on.
“They’ve got to do something about that, especially with
repeat offenders,” Helm said. “I don’t know what (Torres) was trying to
do or what he was thinking.”
“The thing that set the stage for
all of this was not suspending Cooke,” he said. “Open ice headshots,
they’ve been ‘talking about it’ (Helm used quotation symbols) so much,
they have to start doing something about it. It’s one of the dirtiest
plays in the game.”
NHL is trying at least. I can’t even begin to describe how tired I am of writing about this, but we’ll continue to harp on these issues until the NHL finds a better way of fixing this issue. And a fix isn’t coming anytime soon.