Dmitry Kulikov could be a good depth option for fantasy managers if he keeps up his current level of play. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Tape2Tape: Kulikov Suspension Raises Age Old Question

Four games. That’s the length of the suspension handed down by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to Florida Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov for his hit on Tyler Seguin. The […]

by · February 17, 2015 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, Suspensions
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Should the Kings Get Cap Relief During Voynov’s Suspension?

It’s one thing for an alleged incident of domestic violence to thrust one’s playing status into limbo. It is another one still when the resulting uncertainty all but freezes an […]

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Volchenkov Deserved 4 Game Suspension

The Department of NHL Player Safety announced Nashville Predators defenseman Anton Volchenkov will be suspended four games for “an illegal check to the head” of Calgary Flames winger Michael Ferland […]

by · November 2, 2014 · 0 comments · Nashville Predators, Suspensions
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, the NHL’s Foundation Award is given annually to the NHL player who “who applies the core values of (ice) hockey — commitment, perseverance and […]

Gary Bettman will soon have to make a decision about the Coyotes (Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)

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