NHL Makes Terrible Decision by Not Suspending Jets Defenseman Zach Bogosian

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2012

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the NHL has decided not to suspend Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian for his charge on Carolina Hurricanes forward Andreas Nodl, and it was the wrong call.

For those wondering, no supplementary discipline on CBJ's Jared Boll or WPG's Zach Bogosian.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 19, 2012

Bogosian received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct as a result from the hit, but will escape suspension, again.

The Jets defenseman was fortunate to avoid a suspension twice this season after a terrible elbow and a hit from behind on two separate occasions, meaning league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan should have dealt with his third illegal hit.

This latest ruling from the NHL's Department of Player Safety has puzzled many people since Bogosian clearly leaves his feet—well above the ground, in fact—and charges at Nodl in a manner that could have easily resulted in a serious injury.

Bogosian did not target the head and it was not the principle point of contact. But it was still a dangerous hit from a player who has not stopped making these kinds of illegal hits despite narrowly escaping suspension twice this season.

The NHL has to make it clear to Bogosian that his play needs to be safer. How many more times is the league going to allow Bogosian to make illegal hits and get away with it? Sooner or later, someone could be seriously hurt.

A major penalty, plus a game misconduct, plus two previous dangerous hits this season is worth at least a game or two of suspension.

Yet again, the NHL has made the wrong call on a disciplinary matter. Unfortunately for hockey fans, this is nothing new.