As much as I don't like Kaleta, 10 games for that hit is really excessive. Was the head targeted? Absolutely. Was it reckless? You bet. I think a few games is appropriate.
What I don't understand is how the refs missed it. There wasn't even a penalty called on the play.
It's not excessive to me as I don't see it as just for that hit. As Shanny points out, Kaleta was fined or suspended 6 times in the last four seasons. Kaleta was suspended 5 games for boarding just last march. We're only five games into the season and he hits Johnson in the head.
Plus that hit was the exact kind the league is trying to eliminate. Johnson was moving along the boards at a slow and consistent speed. He was an easy target for a solid check to the body. Instead Kaleta chose to fly by, raise his shoulder and clip Johnson in the head. At the NHL level you don't accidentally miss hitting someone like that when they're barely moving.
This wasn't just a suspension for that hit. This was a message-sending suspension to a dirty player like Kaleta.
Gary and I were having lunch last summer and I mentioned that I work evenings and have to miss games. He said that he'd like to put one in the afternoon for me, but that people wouldn't be home to see it.
I told him to have one on the 14th because it's Thanksgiving in Canada. Once we established that Canada is a country north (mostly) of the US, and that they watch hockey there and spend money on the sport, he agreed that revenue was good, so the date was set.
I told him to be sure to have two Canadian teams, but he doesn't remember that the league has any since the only time that he pays attention is when being booed when giving the silvery thing that's taller than he is to a smelly man in shorts and long socks (at least that's the part that he sees).
I assured him that if he had to use two American teams for the game, that it would be ok since it's Columbus Day in the US. Despite his obvious marketing talent, I managed to convince him that Columbus playing on Columbus Day would not mean that the league would get over 90% of the television market because Columbus (the team) sucks.
He was amazed to learn that Columbus Day was not named after the BJ's (a subject near and dear to his heart - or the organ that stands in for one in his case).
Upon learning that all school children in the US learn (erroneously) that Columbus discovered America, he thought that this man Columbus deserved a daytime game to commemorate his great feat.
It was a beautiful moment. Bettman actually showed some emotion when he pondered what would have happened had Columbus not been the first person in America (see erroneous data above). His heart broke at the thought of all of those buildings in New York that would be sitting empty since there were no people here before Columbus (see erroneous data above). The loss of revenue floored him, and he declared that a daytime game was indeed proper and fitting.
Fighting has been practically extinct from the Wings' game for years. I wonder how many people on these forums find watching them similar to figure skating.
Haha, what are you talking about? The Wings team has been populated by such monumental bad*sses as Brad May, Dallas Drake, and Aaron Downey. And as you well know, those men are collectively responsible for keeping Dats, Z, and Lidstrom safe during those years. Nowadays, Tootoo, Ericsson, and Bertuzzi can't hold and candle to those great gladiators of the past.
Why exactly are those that don't care for fighting in hockey *******? Many of us have played hockey our entire lives. Steve Yzerman certainly isn't a *****. The game is evolving and fighting isn't needed. Hard checking, crisp passing, Datsyukian deking, and multiple other SKILLS are part of the game. There is no "fighting" event in the skills competition. Change is hard. I grew up watching fighting in hockey. I like watching a good fight since it get's the adrenaline going. I think hockey needs to evolve though. I like watching the Wings play & much prefer their style of hockey compared to a team like Anaheim. Those talking about Stevie needing to just worry about running his team don't seem to understand that is what he is trying to do. You think he wants to have to pay for a scrub fighter? The cap is going to force these changes inevitably. I don't think the NHLPA should vote. Their is too much old school "non-fighters are *******, it's tradition, etc.." mentality in the hockey world. If you want to showcase skill, you focus on eliminating scrubs. Do what is right for the sport & the players health.
I'm eager to see what Dekeyser does with a full season. Can he play like he did last year with us? I hope so, but I've seen d-men come in high and then sink (Ericsson comes to mind), but if he does, I hope that we're patient with him like we have been with E and Kindl, and that our patience is rewarded thusly.
1. The compliance buyout period for this offseason is OVER. He can not be bought out unless it's a regular buyout which will give no cap relief. Rumor is that he balked at the Wings suggestion he be bought out and threatened to challenge it based on the fact he was injured. (There are apparently guidelines that an injured player cannot be bought out.) Do not have links or facts on this, it is only speculation.
2. Though Samuelsson has claimed injury, it is not a long term chronic injury and he would also likely challenge a LTIR. He has stated publicly that his injury does not require surgery, and the league is closely watching any attempts to circumvent the salary cap. Not a likely scenario, but possible.
3. He is in the second year of a 2 year, 3 million dollar contract that contains a no trade clause. So unless he waives that, trading him is also not an option.
4. Depending on whether it is a NTC or a NMC (No movement) determines whether he can be optioned to GR. This would only free up a roster spot, not give cap space relief.