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Posts Tagged ‘Wheel of Morality

Campbell Stepping Down as Discipline Czar

Somewhere Joe Hallenbeck is dancing a jig.  The butt of every joke and the focus of every hockey fan’s ire with the total lack of consistency in NHL discipline is stepping down.  I caught it via Twitter moments ago that NHL VP Colin Campbell is relinquishing his role as Wheel of Morality spinner to Brendan Shanahan.  Campbell is not relinquishing his position as VP of Hockey Operations, just the role of lack of justice dealer.

The NHL seriously just put a bullseye on its back next year regarding discipline.  Will Shanny bring in a clear and understandable standard for discipline?  If he doesn’t his reputation will quickly go right down into the same cesspool where Campbell’s current is with the fans. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

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

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