David Backes hit on Blake Coleman worthy of a suspension or not?

We are back on the suspension train talk here. This one deserves some attention though. In Thursday nights game of the Boston Bruins vs New Jersey Devils, David Backes of the Bruins came in pretty high on a defenseless Devils Blake Coleman. With the way the league has ruled these types of hits it seems it is inevitable that Backes is going to be suspended for at least one game, maximum two. The NHL Player Safety Department did in fact say that Backes will have a hearing for his hit on Coleman. After what happened to Erik Karlsson before Christmas break, Backes is probably getting two games for the hit alone and an additional tax onto that because he is considered a repeat offender for being suspended in March 2018.

As it seems here Backes will have a hearing and more will be announced either later tonight or tomorrow. At most we can see probably 5-6 games the Bruins go without Backes for this hit. Until we hear an official ruling here is the play live. What’s your call?


NHL NEWS; NHL Players Attorney Concussion Lawsuit To Be Settled For $18.9 Million

If you follow Elliotte Friedman on Twitter, this morning he was sending out tweets about some formers players lawsuit that could be settled today. This is the first that many are hearing of what. What is this case? and where did it come from?

The case was filed by former NHL players who suffered concussions while playing for the NHL and are asking for settlement money claiming that some NHL teams did not do their best to help those injured and battling a concussion. The players are claiming that the league and the team did not ensure the players safety and believe they should be held responsible for these players today. The case is looking to be for around 18.9 million dollars, the players would receive $6.9 million around 22,000 per player (according to Forbes.com).

The deal is not finalized the NHL has to look it over but it seems they are going to move forward and accept the settlement. The NHL received the claim sometime recent it appears and the accompanying party involved dealing with the players here believe that the deal is to be accepted soon. In the claim as reported by Forbes.com it states

“any claims you had, have or might in the future have against NHL or any NHL related person or entity, having to do with health or injury, are forever waived.” As discussed, most if not all such claims for individuals in your position would be argued by NHL to be already precluded by statuses of limitation- that is, the claims are too old or that they were barred by some other legal rule.”

As reported by Forbes.com

Nothing is finalized yet but it seems the NHL is going to be paying for concussion like related injuries sustained to players who played in the NHL and believe that the league and the NHL teams did not do their best to properly access the safety and the well being of the injured players. This could be a milestone for NHL players, for so long the game and former players have lamented their frustrations about how the NHL treats them when they are out of the league and we have seen time and time again many NHL fighters and enforcers go onto deal with mental illnesses and battling drug/medication addiction due to their playing careers.


NHL News: Evgeni Malkin accessed game misconduct after “hit” on TJ Oshie

Well, here we are again. Another suspend him or not article. This may be a weekly edition to be honest. Every hit in the NHL may be a suspension at this point. Right when I saw the Malkin “hit” on Oshie, I knew it was going to be a huge deal and probably a suspension just looking at the track record of the NHL this season. For those that did not see the play here you go.

The header photo makes it look bad right? Well watch the play and then judge. Also if you have never played a sport(especially hockey) in your life please get the f*ck out of here, leave your opinion to yourself because you do not know anything about the game or sports.

Malkin was coming into the zone, clearly saw Oshie was coming to hit him, moved the puck to his supporting winger and as Oshie was going to hit Malkin, Malkin braced for the hit and hit Oshie before Oshie could do anything to Malkin. Now, does he make contact with his head, yes. But Oshie was the one going after Malkin in Malkin’s eyes. Malkin did not hit with his elbow, it was clear bracing for the hit, tensed his shoulder up and made contact with Oshie. Also if you look at Oshie’s eyes he is not even going after Malkin it looks like, ok now what? You think Malkin is thinking that when he sees a guy skating towards him? No, he is thinking “this guy going to blow me up. Protect self.” (Malkin’s Russian btw) therefore he did what his NORMAL HUMAN instinct told him to do, protect myself. I do see the validation for a five-minute major, maybe not a suspension. The only reason this is major worthy is because Oshie did get hit in the head and the point of contact was the head, but Malkin was protecting himself, he had no idea Oshie was trying to get the puck and not hit him. If anything leave it as it is, game misconduct and ejection. Please let’s not modernize this game any more.

The reason this should be left as is because the referees stepped up and made the call they did what they were suppose to do and stopped it from escalating any further. We saw Michael Matheson hit Elias Pettersson and get no call and then suspended later on, say they called it and ejected him right there and then it may have gone a different way. I think this is a dangerous play but he was protecting himself, don’t have your head down no matter what and the referees did a good job calling it in the moment, not three days later.

Has social media played a role in the uptick of NHL suspensions?

Let the modern day NHL fans exit in 3,2,1…. ok, awesome. While 90% of readers have clicked off this article because they are to ignorant to hear anyone out on this. Those who stayed around I hope this article opens your eyes a little and leaves you with a different outlook on the topic.

As we all know social media has been growing rapidly over the last few years, Twitter has 336 million active monthly users  and 500 million tweets sent per day (per omnicoreagency.com). Instagram has nearly 1 billion active users, up from 90 million in January 2013 (per http://www.statista.com). Snapchat has 188 million active users per month. We seem to get the point here, the world uses social media a lot, a lot more than we all should. Which means with nearly 500 million tweets sent per day and 100+ million videos and pictures shared on Instagram per day, the public voice has a lot more say than we believe it does. Keeping all politics out of this but look at the most recent election, you’d be ignorant to think that social media did not play a role in individuals opinions.

While social media only continues to grow and many accounts continue to create more and more of a following, the higher the following the more likely it has some influence on the public. Take a look at the accounts you follow with the most followers and likes, are you going to sit there and say those accounts don’t have an affect on your point of view or others…

Ok, let’s get into what the whole article is about here. Look I am not saying the NHL has gone soft (a little soft, yes), while I do understand they are doing their best to protect the players, the young guys of the NHL, the superstars who reel in the most money and looking out for the longevity of the players careers. But what I have noticed and I know I am not the only one on this stance. Social media has certainly played a small, if not minor role in the severity and attention of these suspensions recently. The most recent one that raised a lot of eyebrows was the Michael Matheson hit on Elias Pettersson, Matheson a 6’2 190-200lb defenseman against a 6’2 170-175lb rookie, against a 19 year old Pettersson. We are not going to get into the details of the hit and what you think but, let’s just say if Pettersson is not 19-years-old a recent draft pick and a potential NHL star, there is no suspension or even thought about it. The video below has a great dialogue about this.

So far this year we have seen already 7 suspensions, two related to off-ice incidents and 5 from on-ice incidents. Already this years suspensions total has reached up to 81 games, including Nate Schmidt’s 20 game suspension(for a eye lid of performance enhancing drugs in his system, no policy for it I understand) and Austin Watson’s 18 game suspension for misdemeanor domestic violence case. We have seen already 20 games to Tom Wilson for a hard hockey hit, controversial as well(on number of games), Max Domi sucker punch, Robert Bortuzzo elbow on Michael Kempny, Mike Matheson hit and most recently the Mark Borowiecki elbow during Tuesday nights game vs the Boston Bruins. To watch it click here.

And, again I won’t get into the hit much but if you watch the video linked above you literally hear the announcer say “a forearm shove to the face”, in my honest opinion. Borowiecki was trying to get to the scrum in front, there was a lot of commotion going on in the crease, he saw a defenseman come flying in from the blue line and his natural reaction with his other hand tied up in the play was to protect his goalie/crease. It did not look intentional at all, but it sure does not look pretty. Within in less than 24 hours, Borowiecki had a hearing and was suspended one game. It just seems during todays day in age social media plays a profound influence on these things, I am not saying we the people legitimately decide the call at the end of the day. But when things like this happen the first thing every fan does is throw a knee jerk reaction out there and voice their opinion.

Coming from my own personal experience, one of the most popular accounts on Instagram regarding NHL news, the NHL Discussion account with 193k followers and 12.6k posts. Posted a video about the Borowiecki hit, sure I said that the fans commenting are absolute jokes and trying to voice their opinion too much. Just from that one comment, I received about 15 replies from fans, literally getting angry about what I said and getting personal along with 60+ likes on my comment. People feel as if their opinion matters more than everyone else’s and when they need to voice their opinion and are given a platform they “NEED” to write a comment displaying their voice on the call. Sure that’s what I did by commenting but I was also commenting with the intention to one draw results for this article and two to sir some good fun(some people just can’t take an opinion if it doesn’t agree with theirs, sheesh). I bet if NHL Discussions account disabled their comments they would get reported by their fans for doing so, which is sad. All I am saying, fans your opinion does matter of course but seriously some of you have to take a breather, you don’t play in the league, you are not their agent, you do not make decisions so let George Parros and his colleagues do their job without 500 million people jumping down their throat.

Anyways, the Tom Wilson suspension for example there were 170 tweets fired off about Tom Wilson minutes after the event, Mike Matheson there were 130 tweets covering the Matheson incident and all major news sources covered the stories like, The Athletic, Sports Net, and more. These social media articles and tweets have an influence perhaps not on the call directly but I believe it is making the NHL Player Safety think twice about some decisions they make. I mean with 126.2k followers and their tweets getting nearly 500-1,000 responses, whoever runs that account does not ignore all those messages.

At the end of the day, sure it is great to voice your opinion, this is America and it is what the country is built on, freedom of speech and right to hold your own opinion. I just think the keyboard warriors who start firing off knee jerk reactions after Elias Pettersson got hurt, saying some ludicrous things need to take a break and relax a bit. Perhaps wait it out a second, then respond.

I am not going to sit here and say social media does or does not play a role in these decisions but I think if anyone with a brain and some working knowledge of how the internet and social media works can figure out that the suspensions have been increasing more and more as social media and users continue to increase. Not saying there is a direct correlation but in the world of “everyone has an opinion” we are definitely seeing an increase in “fan engagement” over the years. I just hope this does not get out of hand.

Taking a look at suspensions over the last five years this is what the trend has been…

2013-14: 50 suspensions, 174 total games, 16 preseason, 133 regular season, 25 postseason. This includes a 13 game suspension from Paul Bissonnette for leaving the bench to fight, same with David Clarkson having a similar incident.

2014-15: 31 suspensions,178 games total, no preseason or postseason. 20 games included Zenon Konopka for violating the NHLPA substance program and Slava Voynov 76 games for domestic violence.

2015-16: 41 suspensions, 203 games total, 196 regular season, 7 postseason. Including 31 games from Zach Kassian for violating NHLPA substance program. Same for Shawn Horcoff for 20 games, Jonathan Toews and Alex Ovechkin got 1 game for missing NHL All-Star game and Jarred Tinordi got 20 games for violating NHLPA substance program.

2016-17: 28 suspensions, 93 games total, 15 preseason, 76 regular season and 2 postseason, this included 25 on-ice incidents and three off-ice incidents.

2017-18: 29 suspensions, 87 games total, 4 preseason, 73 regular season and 10 postseason. This included 10 games from Luke Witkowski for “automatic suspension for returning to the ice to take part in an altercation after being escorted off by an official”. And of course Radko Gudas’s famous tree chopping slash on Mathieu Perreault.

2018-19: 7 suspensions, 82 games, 20 preseason, 61 regular season. It is only October 27th, 2018 and we have almost exceeded the amount of total games in suspensions from last year. Not an opinion just facts…



Should Brad Marchand be suspended or not?

After reading the title you are aware of what Brad Marchand did last night, I assume. Maybe I am wrong to assume but Marchand did his usual. Taking a cheap shot to a defenseless player and before you even defend Marchand. I do not want to hear “Oh he didn’t mean it, he was battling hard and the elbow just came up, he couldn’t control it”. First off, I have no idea what fantasy land you are living in because Marchand is a repeat offender, has been suspended or fined on multiple occasions and knew exactly what he was doing. Second off, the play was dead it was a whistle in front and Marchand for some reason had to continue the play with an elbow to Marcus Johansson’s head. Lastly, suspend this rat and give him two games or more.

If Marchand does not get suspended then the NHLPA is on some sort of new drug I am unaware of. Remember, take into consideration they just suspended a player with no history or anything for doing something very similar. This will add to the laundry list of suspensions and fines for Brad Marchand, well I hope so because the hit is worrisome and it comes at a pivotal time with the latest suspension and fines in the NHL coming recently and very similar in nature to Marchand’s terrible play Tuesday night.

For those that missed it here is the hit, you be the judge of what should happen.

Skip to 35 seconds. I don’t even have an explanation for what Marchand was trying to accomplish here.

Marchand is scheduled to have a hearing today with the NHLPA so by the end of the day or within the next few hours or so we will know what happens to Marchand in terms of a suspension, fine or nothing.

NHLPA ruins Andrew Colgianos iron-man streak…

This was perfect timing due to the fact something so similar just occurred in the NHL not long ago, but for those that have not been paying attention to the NHL news. Last week Andrew Cogliano cheaply hit rookie Adrian Kempe, the play was definitely not clean and for a guy that has played 830 consecutive games in the NHL, should probably know better.

That’s beside the point, Coligano received a two-minute penalty for the play and the next day got slapped with a two-game suspension. Not only does this make no sense, but this just ruined one of the most “meat and potatoes guys” in the NHL iron-man streak. Cogliano had the record of most consecutive games played in NHL history. 830 games straight, not missing one game, Coligano played 830 games straight. The worst part about this is this guy gets paid only 3.2 million a year and has been playing in the NHL for 11 years, no history, nothing. And you slap this guy with a two-game suspension. I understand protecting the players and protecting the youth of the game, but Kempe didn’t even get hurt on the play and returned a shift later. Just look at Cog’s in the press conference speaking about the suspension, cmon NHLPA have a heart.

Look at the man, almost in tears. Ready for the worst part, Friday night, Dustin Brown did something similar if not worse to a player with a history of concussions too. Brown, cross-checked Justin Schultz while he was on his knees into the boards, forcing his head to that part of the boards where the glass starts and boards end. If anyone has hit that part, knows the feeling of how much that hurts. Take a look at in real time here…

Oh, crossing check a defenseless player, while he was on his way down to his knees, numbers towards Brown, yeah an ejection and $10,000 fine seems reasonable. That will put a major dent into Brown’s 5.875 million per year contract. Brown is known to be a guy who plays a physical and tough game too and has been suspended before for an illegal hit and or has a reputation for his controversial hits on some players. One that comes to mind is Micahel Rosival in the 2012 Western Conference finals. I am not saying the NHLPA should not have issued the suspension to Coligano but I am saying that shouldn’t have, the guy has no history, the iron-man streak and has always been known to be a respected, hard-working player. The NHLPA blew this one and especially look bad after only issuing Brown a $10,000 fine for his hit that happened three days after Coligano’s. Way to go NHLPA.

You be the judge of this, clean or not?