According to Cole, he had Abdelkader lined up but Abdelkader moved at the last moment, exposing only his head to the check. Those are Cole's words...and the replays back that up as it looks like Abdelkader tries to slide the puck by Cole and slip by him. That should also be an important detail when discipline is applied. Which brings me back to my statement of the game being too fast to eliminate those types of hits, which is the goal by using suspensions against players who commit those hits. Players need to be aware of where they are on the ice. Abdelkader had his head down as he received a pass from behind in the neutral zone. He has to expect a hit there, like Shanny said. That's a suicide pass.
What do you expect cole to say? Of course he's going to say Abby moved his head at the last sec...but if you watch the reply..without blues bias you will see he doesn't move his head at all. far as abby knowing he will get hit by going in the middle? im sure he did..but not hit to the head like he got. cole had all the time in the world to go low.
But whatever, I don't have a problem Cole being suspended as it was a hit to the head and that is the rule...I do have an issue with the number of games. Three seems excessive based on other suspensions this year for the same amount of games or less.
brendan smith got a total of 8 games at the start of the season for us with a similar hit. so 3 games seems a tad much but fair.
And until there is the same standard for suspensions on star players as there is for lesser known players, the system is severely flawed. The fact it was Datsyuk (annual Lady Byng candidate and superstar player) that threw the hit had a lot to do with him not getting a penalty and not getting a suspension. If Jackman hits Datsyuk like that, he gets a penalty and probably suspended.
How many crosschecks does dats have to take before one is called? Or are you one of the blues fans that missed all of those?
And don't tell me that an elbow or shoulder to the head is ok as long as you get the body too. That's simply not the case. If the head targeted and the principal point of contact, it doesn't matter if contact with the body is made. Datsyuk lunged up into Jackman's face, hitting his head with his shoulder. I fail to see how Jackman's head wasn't targeted on that play. The Detroit announcers even said he threw a shoulder to his head.
Thats the whole "primary point of contact" which in coles hit the head was. In dats hit the body was. It was very clear in both hits.
He had his head down, but picks up Cole at the last second as he tries to slide the puck by Cole and slip by him. That's how it looks to me. If not, what was he trying to do with the puck if he never saw Cole?
If abby was trying to slip past cole then there would have been movement on abby's part which there was not. Abby may have seen him at the last millisecond but still doesn't justify the hit to the head.
Pretty much, it's been hilarious to me since I've joined. The amount of jealousy some of the fans here have of the best player in hockey is just mind blowing.
No you thinking he is the best player in hockey is mind blowing and has been since you have been here. You say it's jealousy?? hahaha That,s even more funny. Look again on the front page of nhl.com and thats why not only do a lot of fans on here dislike him but many fans all of this sport. Even players. Let's say this slow and big enough so maybe even you can understand...like most of the people that hate him here thinks...
You know, back in the day, they didn't even allow the father in the delivery room (fear of germs). He sat out in the waiting room until a nurse came out and informed him "boy" or "girl".
Grammas came to stay for weeks to help out with the new baby and any other kids so that the new mom could get some sleep and there would be someone around the house to cook and clean and do laundry whilst the new mom was recovering.
Fast forward to this century: Dads take care of kids of all ages, including babies, and do housework. Due to this, they have to take some time off of work to do these things.
40 or more years ago, I'd have wondered why he took time off. Today, it's just part of the expected game plan.
Good heaven, Beth! You can fit a LEMON in there!?!?!?!?!
j/k. Your post made me laugh and your point about Rachel needing him around to help is spot on.
This is the truth for sure. I have 4 kids. I work from home. My wife does a lot but I do to. I help cook,clean,change diapers,give baths,help with school work,feed,play with,put to bed and so on. It can be a full time job in itself. I'm also a remote employee working from home. So I'm here all the time. It's not like it use to be when Dad went to work and mom stayed home only taking care of the house and the kids. My wife has a catering business so shes cooking all the time and dealing with that. But the thing with me is. I want to do all those things for my wife and kids. I want to experience everything. Don't want to miss a thing.
So I'm all for Howard missing some games to be with his family. Family is first.
Just to play a bit of the devils advocate, I have to say when Domi use to do his gestures if I remember right, the league and the fans on avg didn't mind it and some even loved it. So I'm not sure what has really changed. Maybe it was because Beagle got hurt on it?
And just so everyone knows...I didn't like it myself.
Why? Simply because he knocked Beagle back to third grade?
Last I checked, that type of fight isn't what wins the Stanley Cup.
Doesn't really win cups but...it can have an effect on the fans and players. So maybe in a strange way it can somewhat help? =)
2 games? Sounds fair. That guy is going to have fake teeth for the rest of his life because some idiot decided it would be a good idea to cross check him in the mouth. I thought Shanny describes the suspension perfectly, seems cut and dry.
Do I need to watch the video longer? I didn't see the cross check.
Just for you Eva
2011-2012 Power Rankings: Week 2
RK (LW) TEAM REC COMMENT
1 (8) Red Wings 2-0-0 A super start by the perennial contenders. Jiri Hudler is looking like a solid bet to have a career season this year.
I don't think we can tell just by 2 games besides if he keeps playing like he has or better...why would you want to trade him?
This is awful, in my opinion. Give him a 4 minute penalty, 2 games for this is way overboard. I don't think it was reckless by Bouchard, I think they were just jostling and chopping at each other and Calvert's stick lift made Bouchard hit him up high unintentionally.
This right here.
Should not have been suspended at all. That was way to much.
And as far as the Foote one...thats another one that shouldn't be if that were today. Foote was going for the stick and missed.
As much as I hate ferry perry i have to agree the getz-ferry is awesome combo...but if we could have dats-z when they were first together there is no better combo. You see glimmers of that like the other night. But how many times did you see dats or z passing to each other not even looking but just feeling/knowing where the other was and one of them scores....was awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qolHIuIBoo
I'm not sold on those situations being too similar. Brendan Smith is no Vladdy. And Ben Smith is no Claude.
Also, how is a 6 foot 2 defensemen supposed to get low enough on a 5 foot 10 inch forward to upend him like that?
Smith didn't really play it that wrong, it was an unfortunate incident, but Ben Smith put himself in the position for his head to get hit, instead of just taking the initial check which would have been body on body.
I always enjoy that video, though.
I don't know if it's just my hillbilly eyes or what but i'm just not really seeing how it's Ben Smiths fault. much as i love my wings and Brendan...i just don't see it. 6'2 - 5'10 is not that far off from each other. If Brendan can't get down low enough to make a cleaner check and to make sure it doesn't hit Ben's head then he has some serious back issues. But thats just what I see and think. I may be totally wrong.