James Neal has become a major component of the Pens' prolific attack. (Icon SMI)

The NHL Encourages Diving

Diving was one of the biggest hot button topics during the 2013-14 NHL playoffs. It started early with a number of incidents in the first round, and continued to be […]

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Has the NHL Dropped the Ball on Player Safety?

When the NHL named Brendan Shanahan to replace Colin Campbell as the league’s chief disciplinarian on June 1, 2011, it marked a major departure from business as usual. After spending […]

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Why You Should Defend Matt Cooke

Matt Cooke has an ugly history, but don’t we all? Cooke was recently suspended seven games for this hit on Tyson Barrie… Was it a penalty? Absolutely. Was it dirty? […]

by · April 25, 2014 · 12 comments · Suspensions
A Letter to NHL Fanboys & Homers

A Letter to NHL Fanboys & Homers

Your team isn’t special.  They are not the greatest thing since sliced bread.  They are not a group of angels that have never made a dirty play in their careers. […]

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The Future of Suspensions: Implementing By-Law 17

The 2013-2014 NHL season, just as the seasons before it, has included its fair share of suspensions. This season has racked up 24 total suspensions thus far, adding up to […]

by · January 25, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Suspensions
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Dustin Brown and the ‘Crazy Eight’ Charge

Per the criteria cited on NHL.com, the NHL’s Foundation Award is given annually to the NHL player who “who applies the core values of (ice) hockey — commitment, perseverance and […]

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NHL’s Disciplinary Team Nothing More Than a Bad Knock-Knock Joke

Knock, knock? Who’s there? Brendan Shanahan, Gary Bettman, and the rest of the NHL executives who hand out suspensions and fines in the name of player safety. Sounds like the […]

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Bruins Fans, Your Logic is Flawed

The league finally made a decision on Shawn Thornton and his abhorrent attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Brendan Shanahan has decided to suspend the Bruins toughman for 15 […]

by · December 16, 2013 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins, Suspensions
Lars Eller - Aftermath of the  Gryba hit. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

The NHL’s Suspension System Is Broken

The NHL’s discipline system has been an abject failure with respect to intentional hits or blows to the head and their consequent punishment. I’ll be frank: Suspension lengths are far […]

by · December 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Suspensions
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Settling the Debate: Thornton Hit Worse Than Neal Knee

The Shawn Thornton hit was much worse than the James Neal knee to Brad Marchand’s head. There isn’t a debate here people. Just because you love to bash the Pittsburgh […]

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Throw the Book at Shawn Thornton

Shawn Thornton has always been a passionate player and an intense one. He’s that kind of player that will defend his teammates at any cost. After last night’s game against […]

Pittsburgh Penguins' Forward James Neal is having the best season of any left-wing in the league. (Photo By Andy Martin Jr)

Was James Neal Kneeing Marchand Intentional?

Was James Neal kneeing Brad Marchand’s head intentional? Was it revenge? The debate continued all night following the dramatic regular season finale between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. Anytime […]