Colin Campbell, NHL Fail Yet Again in Not Suspending Penguins' Matt Cooke

Ryan PickardCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2010

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25:  Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The announcement came just a little earlier today.

Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior vice president, announced that the Penguins' Matt Cooke will not be suspended for his hit on Bruins' Marc Savard. The hit, which occurred Sunday, gave Savard a Grade two concussion and will most likely put him out for the rest of the season.

In his ruling, Campbell stated that he was just being consistent since there was no suspension for Flyers' Mike Richards' hit on Panthers' David Booth earlier in the year.

The hits were similar but one has to wonder what the league was thinking on this one.

Cooke is a repeat offender.

He has already been suspended twice before for hits on Scott Walker and Artem Anisimov for which he received two games each. The league says they want to crack down on these types of blindside hits but they don't seem to be enforcing it much at all. They had their chance to make an example of a repeat offender and they fell flat on their faces.

Campbell did say that if this type of hit happens next season, that the league will do something about it but sadly that won't bring back the Bruins best player. With the hit, Cooke all but ended the Bruins chances at doing anything in the playoffs.

Most of the thought was that Cooke would be suspended anywhere from three games to possibly even 10. The Bruins will just have to move on. They have 17 games remaining on the schedule and are fighting for a playoff spot.

The loss of Savard though has put a huge dent in their playoff chances.

Now the belief has to be that it is going to take a star player like Ovechkin or Crosby to get hurt for something to be done. Savard is a pretty darn good player but his star status just wasn't high enough.

The Bruins and Penguins play again next week and what is to happen if somebody takes out Crosby or Malkin with a cheap shot?

Will the league come down hard because the face of the league is injured?