Curtis Glencross Suspened Three Games—Big Deal

Tonight's Healthy ScratchesCorrespondent INovember 9, 2009

Flames' forward Curtis Glencross was suspended three games today for blindly drilling Rangers' captain Chris Drury in the head on Saturday night...big deal.

Sure, he was suspended, but honestly, what does that accomplish?


Three games? That's a slap on the wrist. Does Colin Campbell and Gary Bettman honestly think a three-game suspension is going to stop Glencross, or any other player for that matter, from taking liberties on unsuspecting players?

It's amazing how Sean Avery get's supsended indefinitely for off-color remarks on his ex-girlfriend, yet players who INJURE other players deliberately receive the equivalent of getting after-school detention.

Hey Bettman, want to stop the headshots, the cheap hits, the dirty play that has plagued this game for  the past few years? Suck up your pride, and get rid of the instigator rule.

Do you think for one second that Dave Semenko or Marty McSorely would have let Glencross skate across the ice and hit Wayne Gretzky like that?

Would Bob Probert or Stu Grimson sit idly by and let Steve Yzerman plummet to the ice without any repercussion?

The fact that the hit happened is the least of my concern. What bothers me the most, is that Glencross did not pay anything. Not a hair on his body was harmed the entire game.


Players are no longer allowed to police themselves in Bettman's media-friendly version of what he believes the NHL should be.

Hockey is a game that always has, and always will be played on emotions. The players need to police themselves.

Want to know why players like Gretzky weren't targeted and drilled unsuspectingly?

Because if you did muster up the courage to take a cheapshot on Gretzky, all you had to do was look at the end of the Oilers bench and see Dave Semenko waiting for you. His presence alone, regardless if he was on the ice or not, discouraged players from taking runs at Gretzky.

I understand that the game has changed, and the dinosaurs of the past don't have a place in the fast-paced, skill-oriented game that is modern-day NHL. But the Rangers do have Donald Brashear on the roster, don't they?

Granted, Brashear wasn't playing that game due to an injury, but even if he was in the lineup, Glencross still would have done what he did. Because there is no fear. Why wouldn't he try and eliminate the Rangers' captain from the game, when he knows nobody is going to make him pay for it? When all he's going to receive is a slap on the wrist from the league.

Players like Scott Stevens made a living of delivering bone-crunching, shoulder-to-head hits—just ask Paul Kariya or Eric Lindros—difference is, they were clean.

Players need to be held responsible for their actions. I'm not talking about the league either, the players need to start policing the game themselves, again.