Ovechkin hearing in progress; suspension likely?

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A decision on whether Alex Ovechkin is suspended because of
yesterday’s hit will come down within hours, as Alex Ovechkin is
currently in a hearing with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s dean of
punishments.

Whether he deserves a suspension is the subject of
intense debate right now, as it seems the mitigating factor has to do
with Brian Campbell’s potentially season-ending injury. It seems that
the NHL had originally decided not to suspend Ovechkin but has possibly
changed it’s mind after the news of Campbell’s injury came out this
morning. That the severity of the injury should affect the punishment is
one I cannot agree with, but it’s certainly a factor in Colin
Campbell’s decision-making.

Here are some of the highlights of the Twitter debate waging as
we speak, from some of the best hockey writers around, after the jump.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie: 

I will be
surprised if Ovechkin is not suspended for a couple of games. Campbell’s
injury is the big factor now.

As for whether
injury should be a factor, debate it all day, but it is a primary
consideration. In life, as well as the NHL.

Pick your example:
DUI, lose ur license. Injure somone while DUI, maybe jail. Bar fight?
Simple assault. Injure someone badly. All bets off.

Greg Wyshynski:

Suspending b/c of
aftermath=horrible.

@TSNBobMcKenzie
We’re really bringing “real world”
criminal examples into a sport that features simple assaults every
night, Bob?

Elliote Friedman: ough day for NHL
— Savard injury is more serious than Campbell’s, but league can’t say
there’s nothing in rules about hitting from behind.

Doesn’t help that
this involves Pittsburgh (Cooke) and Washington. Two teams are very
sensitive about how each other is treated.

Damien Cox:

NHL had no plans
to suspend Ovechkin on Sunday. If they’ve changed their minds now, Caps
should appeal.

Blackhawks are
obviously squawking to the league over Campbell injury. They may get
their way. Some teams have more pull, I guess.

This is the new
NHL “code.” No matter what, scream for the other guy to get suspended.
It just might happen.

I feel for Colie
Campbell. It’s an impossible job. But without a set of parameters, it
looks like making it up as they go along.