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The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Saturday that Wilson has been asked to participate in a hearing via Zoom at a time still to be determined. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings have been held by phone, and ESPN said the offer for a face-to-face hearing indicated Wilson could be looking at a suspension of six or more games.
The two refs who didn't call a penalty on the Wilson hit, Dean Morton and Pierre Lambert, should not ref another game for the rest of the season. How both of these idiots missed the play is incredible.
Wilson is a degenerate asshole. He has all the tools to be a goal-scoring power forward. He gets to play with Ovechkin and Backstrom. Yet he still throws dirty hits and obviously tries to injure opponents. Once a thug, always a thug I guess.
|Will be interesting to see if they give him anything|
|This is like treating an under age criminal that’s times and times again commits the crime then he has to be released by the police due to his age.|
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|Carlo lifted his body at the last millisecond causing Wilson to miss Carlo's body/shoulder and get Carlo's head. If it was a non-douchebag non-repeater, maybe the guy gets a fine or 1 game. Wilson gets zero benefit of doubt and gets 7. Most other players let up or pay attention if the target moves, put their own arms up to cushion the hit and avoid Carlo. Wilson saw a victim and was not prepared for Carlo's movement. He deserves the 7.|
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|7 games in a 56 game season seems reasonable. Good for the NHL doing something. Bad for the NHL it took a fan/media outcry for them to step up. |
x10003q - 2021-03-06 10:48 PM
Carlo lifted his body at the last millisecond causing Wilson to miss Carlo's body/shoulder and get Carlo's head. If it was a non-douchebag non-repeater, maybe the guy gets a fine or 1 game. Wilson gets zero benefit of doubt and gets 7. Most other players let up or pay attention if the target moves, put their own arms up to cushion the hit and avoid Carlo. Wilson saw a victim and was not prepared for Carlo's movement. He deserves the 7.
What a bunch of crap. Carlo didn't lift his body. Wilson didn't even attempt to hit his body. He strictly went to smash his head against the boards. One of more dirty hits I've seen in years. 15 to 20 games should have been the suspension. He's at the point where he starts getting the Torres suspensions. Then possibly season suspensions. He either doesn't get it or doesn't care. Either way, 7 or 8 games isn't enough. He got 7 from what I heard which is a joke.
|Why Does the NHL Keep Enabling Tom Wilson? |
Wilson's seven-game sentence for boarding is the fifth suspension of his career, but by not penalizing him for what it acknowledges to be a direct blow to the head, the NHL once again is sending the wrong message.
But when you drill down into the justification for the suspension, that’s when you see the enabling. Even though director of player safety George Parros unequivocally acknowledges that Wilson made direct contact with Boston Bruins’ defenseman Brandon Carlo’s head on the hit in question Friday night, the league refused to punish him under Rule 48, the one that governs blows to the head. And it’s important to note that boarding suspensions are routinely shorter than those meted out for hits to the head.
Take the words Parros said himself in the NHL’s suspension video and if you can figure out how the NHL came up with a boarding infraction, please let us know. “With the puck bouncing in Carlo’s skates as he attempts to locate it,” Parros says in the video, “Wilson approaches from outside his field of vision and delivers a high, hard hit that makes direct contact with Carlo’s head, driving it violently into the glass and causing an injury. This is boarding.”
Really? Because when you say that Wilson makes direct contact with Carlo’s head, it actually makes it sound an awful lot like a headshot. And then, later in the video, when Parros says, “What separates this hit from others is the direct and significant contact to a defenseless players’ head and face, causing a violent impact with the glass,” well, you can excuse all of us for wondering why the league simply didn’t apply Rule 48 to the hit.
Again, it’s important to note that boarding is usually penalized less severely than headshots are. So what message is the NHL sending to Tom Wilson here? Well, you can’t help but think they’re trying to tell everyone publicly that they’re serious about curbing his behavior, privately they are all cutting the guy a break by not penalizing him under Rule 48. Which essentially encourages him to keep playing the way he plays.
It’s so contradictory. Those in the hockey establishment are quickly to cluck their tongues at some of the dangerous things that happened in the two-game series between the Capitals and Bruins last week, all the while secretly loving every bit of it. Those in the NHL will publicly defend their referees, claiming they’re the best in the world, even as a good part of the blame for all of this lies at the feet of Dean Morton and Pierre Lambert, who worked both games and allowed the Trent Frederic clown show in the first game to start the chain of events that led to Wilson’s hit, a hit neither of them saw fit to penalize. Nor did they penalize the laundry list of dirty plays that ensued, with the exception of giving Alex Ovechkin a two-minute slashing penalty for spearing Frederic in the privates. No wonder players believe they have to police the game themselves. It’s because the NHL refuses to fulfill its mandate and do it for them.
It’s also because those in the highest positions of power in the game, the disproportionate majority of them ex-players, love this stuff. For them, it’s as precious as oxygen. That’s why there’s a good chance that after Tom Wilson serves his seven games, he’ll keep playing the way he does. And the NHL will continue to enable it to happen.
One again, the NHL had a golden opportunity to send a message, a very real message, to Tom Wilson and players who play like him. And once again, it failed to do so. Carry on, then…
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