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NHL Affirms Garage League Status With McGinn Ruling

Look, it’s not like anyone expected the NHL to do anything with Jamie McGinn.  There is no surprise anywhere this afternoon that Colin Campbell handed down zero additional sanction on the Sharks left winger for his blatant and dangerous board of Canucks defender Aaron Rome.  It continues to be very obvious that the NHL has no interest in ensuring player safety.  They have no clue that there is a flat-out lack of respect between players on the ice regarding it.

By rule the NHL did exactly what the book says.  It gave McGinn the 5 minute Major Penalty and the Game Misconduct which amounted to just over 8 minutes and 30 seconds of game time missed.  It’s also very obvious that, mentally players feel that is a suitable trade off for dangerous hits as there is has been no let up in the delivery of such blows around the league.  I’m not here to argue the rule book which is what so many apologists want to do.  I’m here to say, over and over until it is rectified, that the sport will not be able to exist under these conditions forever.  Eventually too many players will be skating around with post-concussion symptoms.  The quality of the on ice product will decline.  The league doesn’t care.  They are focused 100% on the money they can make today. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Taking a Look at the McGinn Hit

Late in the 3rd period of Game 3 in the Western Conference Final Sharks Left Winger Jamie McGinn decided to take a nice long run at Canucks defender Aaron Rome.  The game was 4-1 at that point and not really in doubt for the Sharks as they looked to narrow the gap in the WCF to a 2-1 margin.  The penalty assessed on the ice was a 5 Minute Major and a Game Misconduct, tossing McGinn for the remaining eight and a half minutes.

The problematic thing about this for me is that McGinn honestly thought he deserved to remain in the game as evidenced by his reaction to the Misconduct call on the ice.  Rome is showing him nothing but numbers as he is retrieving the puck.  He shows him nothing but numbers for more than an adequate period of time.  McGinn was not duped into hitting  player who turned his back at the last minute.  The hit was intended to deliver a blow, maybe in a last ditch attempt to rally his team.  Trying to divine more about McGinn’s desired result is an exercise in clairvoyance, which none of us are.  However we can discuss the place for this type of hit in the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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