It has become the bane of so many. Hit X got this but Hit Y was identical and received nothing. The problem has driven people (fans, media, players, coaches, etc.) bonkers for decades. However, with the advent of social media, this outrage or discussion has taken on new levels of lunacy or fierce debate. This really depends on your prospective and feeling on the issue. The bottom line is why not take a bit of a humorous slant on what happened Thursday night in New York between Rick Nash and Tomas Kopecky.
There are an extensive amount of tweets that we have been compiling but first there was the actual hit which started this whole mess err debate.
There are an extensive amount of tweets that we have been compiling but first there was what Brendan Shanahan had to say which I am sure might have fanned the flames on this story just a little bit. Here is a special hat tip to Puck Daddy for this.
“The commentators have too much of a fascination with ‘did you leave his feet?’ We don’t suspend for leaving your feet. We suspend for leaving your feet and hitting a guy in the head violently,” he said.
“It’s like a slashing minor, a slashing major and a slashing suspension. It’s the same thing as leaving your feet on a hit. When it rises to a suspension is when a player is in control of your hit; when we see a predatorial play and make significant contact with a player’s head.”
So then there is the fact that Alex Edler is receiving a hearing for a play that probably was less malicious to most on Friday evening. UPDATE (9pm ET Friday): Edler did receive a two game suspension (the same amount as Lupul). The video does show Nash pushing Kopecky down. No one can really say what the intent was. However, what is clear is that Rick Nash did not exactly make every effort to get out of the way. Funny, Edler may be suspended for that and Nash gets a pass (apples and oranges debate in this case).
We asked for a little commentary via Twitter as to what people thought of the hit, the backlash, etc. Then we also asked what Rick Nash was thinking. Here is a small sampling and then later in this piece, there will be more.
Rick Nash wasn't punished for his headshot b/c Shanahan determined that playing your whole career for CBJ & NYR is already cruel and unusual
— njad (@NJaD4) March 22, 2013
With Rick Nash not even getting a hearing for a blatant blindside headshot, I'm setting the over/under for Alex Edler's suspension at 2 gms.
— Canucks Hockey Blog (@canuckshockey) March 22, 2013
Even more surprised he won't be suspended. Love Nash, but it was a dangerous hit and he left his feet.
— Tony (@TheGr8Tony) March 22, 2013
Wow! Those are just three of many tweets that have come across our desk. The opinions run the gamut of course and then there is just the sheer outrage of some from Toronto. While it is of the wide opinion, Nash should have received something, but now did Joffrey Lupul go too far? Remember, Lupul received a two game ban for his hit on Victor Hedman the other night. The answer is probably no but…….
If someone can explain the decisions on what warrants a suspension and what doesn't, please let me and the rest of guys know..
— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) March 22, 2013
Needless to say….stay tuned!
The Funny Side Of Things
All in all, the rest of this is all humorous. The bottom line is yes there is outrage and some anger still but now it is done. When you look at why people do things, the myriad of reasons exists. First, the best response was from Litter Box Cats by a post named Mario. It is titled “The Most Interesting Slovak In The World”. Enjoy the link.
Again the question we have posed in some communities and throughout social media is “What Was Rick Nash thinking”? Then we went down to Florida and that is when the fun really began. The slew of comments we took in were something amazing and mind you this was all in just 20-30 minutes.