- Patrice Cormier's disturbing elbow to Mikael Tam's head should have no place in hockey. Cormier needs to be suspended for the rest of the season and the playoffs. Should he be further disciplined by the QMJHL, perhaps missing next season, too? I would not object to that, but I'd be surprised if they went that far. The New Jersey Devils' prospect will likely play in the AHL next season. In fact, if he is suspended for the rest of this season, expect Cormier to play in the AHL this season.
- Zack Kassian is another top NHL prospect in trouble for head shots. Somewhere along the line hitting to hurt has become almost expected in our game, and now it seems to have been extended to deliberate head shots. This is not how hockey is supposed to be. Hitting is intent to separate someone from the puck, not intent to injure.
- I found this interesting. Alex Ovechkin scored on a penalty shot on the weekend. He previously was 0 for 5 on penalty shots, equalling a NHL record for most attempts without scoring. Ovechkin was tied with Brett Hull, Ziggy Palffy and Greg Adams, all pretty good goal scorers.
- Ilya Kovalchuk trade rumors are quickly gaining momentum. The smart money says Los Angeles will win the trade derby, although if you ask me, there is no way Kovy is worth the money he's asking.
- The Alex Burrows/Stephan Auger controversy continues to be big news here in BC. Yoni Goldstein of MacLean's magazine has an interesting solution to the reffing problems - get rid of them.
January 19, 2010
Tuesday Slap Shots
Time to put the puck on the 'Net:
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Speaking as a Devils fan and as a Patrice Cormier fan, even I can say that he ought to be subject to a severe punishment by the QMJHL. That headshot was NOT of the Scott Stevens variety: it was violent, vicious, and totally unacceptable.
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