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Get ready folks, hitting is about to exit our game

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I hate the whole, "he had his head down" argument. A hit to the head is a hit to the head!

So what's a taller player like Big Joe to do when a smaller opponent is leaning forward yet with his head turned, and has the puck in/around his feet?

Once again it's hockey, and at this level these guys should have their noggins on a swivel...Thornton played the body; clean check all the way.

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not to add fuel to the fire, but TJ oshie was involved in another perfectly legal, clean hit that i'm sure is going to warrant a suspension.

I don't have the video, but it's him hitting krejec (or however you spell that) from boston, he nails him as the bruin comes in for the puck.

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So what's a taller player like Big Joe to do when a smaller opponent is leaning forward yet with his head turned, and has the puck in/around his feet?

Once again it's hockey, and at this level these guys should have their noggins on a swivel...Thornton played the body; clean check all the way.

Shoulder to shoulder. Period. It's not that hard. Destroying a guy is not the only way of separating him from the puck. I don't care if it's Chara on Theron Fleury, a hit to the head is dirty.

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Shoulder to shoulder. Period. It's not that hard. Destroying a guy is not the only way of separating him from the puck. I don't care if it's Chara on Theron Fleury, a hit to the head is dirty.

Even then there's the chance for contact with an opponent's head.

As I also stated a few pages earlier - this game moves too fast for players trying to target 1 specific area of the body to hit; size of the players, speed at which they are moving, and the path/angle that they are skating in relation to one another are all variables that factor in when they collide...In most cases aiming for center mass - aka the chest is usually the safest way for a player to seperate an opponent from the puck; if the player "targets" the opponents shoulder, and "whoooops" missed his target, and his opponent gets by, and creates a scoring chance - that guy is gonna get an earful from his coach.

Once again there's abosolutely no ill will on Thorton's behalf; elbow tucked in, both feet on the ground, nailed Perron fair and square...Gotta keep your head up.

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Even then there's the chance for contact with an opponent's head.

As I also stated a few pages earlier - this game moves too fast for players trying to target 1 specific area of the body to hit; size of the players, speed at which they are moving, and the path/angle that they are skating in relation to one another are all variables that factor in when they collide...In most cases aiming for center mass - aka the chest is usually the safest way for a player to seperate an opponent from the puck; if the player "targets" the opponents shoulder, and "whoooops" missed his target, and his opponent gets by, and creates a scoring chance - that guy is gonna get an earful from his coach.

Once again there's abosolutely no ill will on Thorton's behalf; elbow tucked in, both feet on the ground, nailed Perron fair and square...Gotta keep your head up.

No ill will? How do you know this? Apparently the league thought differently because he was suspended. You act as though players/former players have no involvement in making these rules and it's just a bunch of suits who've never played the game messing everything up. Every one of these incidents will involve some sort of judgement from the ref calling the penalty to the league doling out further punishment. In this case it was determined by the ref and later by the league that Joe could've not targeted the head on an unsuspecting player to make the play. The hit was dangerous and unnecessary and was not a case of a player simply skating with his head down. The hit on Selanne is a perfect example of a player "not keeping his head up" not this one.

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not to add fuel to the fire, but TJ oshie was involved in another perfectly legal, clean hit that i'm sure is going to warrant a suspension.

I don't have the video, but it's him hitting krejec (or however you spell that) from boston, he nails him as the bruin comes in for the puck.

That was a perfectly clean hit. There better not be ANY sort of disciplinary action at all. This sh it is getting outta control.

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No ill will? How do you know this? Apparently the league thought differently because he was suspended. You act as though players/former players have no involvement in making these rules and it's just a bunch of suits who've never played the game messing everything up. Every one of these incidents will involve some sort of judgement from the ref calling the penalty to the league doling out further punishment. In this case it was determined by the ref and later by the league that Joe could've not targeted the head on an unsuspecting player to make the play. The hit was dangerous and unnecessary and was not a case of a player simply skating with his head down. The hit on Selanne is a perfect example of a player "not keeping his head up" not this one.

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I think it's pretty clear that the league is reacting rather harshly with what some may feel is a "hit targeting the head" in order to thwart future "head hunting" which I personally feel isn't the case here.

I'm of the opinion that Big Joe is being made an example of...For me this hit was no different than what Kronwall had done to Selanne in that both players nailed an unsuspecting opponent that had their heads down/turned away...If the league is gonna hand down a suspension to Thornton - well they may as well handed one to Kronner.

Things are getting outta hand, and this is exactly what I feared.

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I think it's pretty clear that the league is reacting rather harshly with what some may feel is a "hit targeting the head" in order to thwart future "head hunting" which I personally feel isn't the case here.

I'm of the opinion that Big Joe is being made an example of...For me this hit was no different than what Kronwall had done to Selanne in that both players nailed an unsuspecting opponent that had their heads down/turned away...If the league is gonna hand down a suspension to Thornton - well they may as well handed one to Kronner.

Things are getting outta hand, and this is exactly what I feared.

I totally called this once they announced the new headshot rule. No matter how subtle the contact is, ANY contact with a player's head will result in suspensions, fines,etc, no matter how clean the hit is. This is a shame. The game is seriously gonna start turning old-school hockey fans away with this kinda horses***. Its a damn shame.

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I totally called this once they announced the new headshot rule. No matter how subtle the contact is, ANY contact with a player's head will result in suspensions, fines,etc, no matter how clean the hit is. This is a shame. The game is seriously gonna start turning old-school hockey fans away with this kinda horses***. Its a damn shame.

Yeah, because players should chance their lives and their futures for the entertainment of some assholes up in the 32nd row yelling "beat his ass" as loud as they can possibly yell it.

Sounds like a plan.

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Yeah, because players should chance their lives and their futures for the entertainment of some assholes up in the 32nd row yelling "beat his ass" as loud as they can possibly yell it.

Sounds like a plan.

I've got an idea, every time a guy falls down, its an automatic minor penalty. If tears are present on the victim's face, the criminal shall be kicked out of the game and suspended indefinitely.

sounds like a plan

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