NHL: Matt Cooke Hit Unpunished, Colin Campbell Declares Headshots Legal

Chris MillerCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 1:  Colin Campbell of the National Hockey League arrives at the NHL Board of Governors meetings at the Westin Hotel in Times Square March 1, 2005 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Get your headshots in while they are still legal.

That was the message Colin Campbell and the NHL declared to its players on Wednesday following the decision not to suspend Matt Cooke for his blindside hit on Marc Savard last Sunday.

You have got to be kidding.

Colin Campbell let Cooke, a repeat offender, off the hook?

And the Boston Bruins are left with its impact player recovering from a Grade Two concussion?


Following three days of general manager meetings, with the hot topic of illegal hits on everyone's minds, Campbell seemed to declare the NHL's intentions for the future.

"Oh, well we'll just start caring about our players next year."

Campbell based his decision on Cooke in relation to the suspension he handed Mike Richards for a similar hit delivered to David Booth .

Richards wasn't suspended, so Cooke won't be either?


Rumor and sources say Campbell's decision revolved around consistency.

Yes, Colin Campbell, you've been consistently dumb.

First of all, Cooke has been suspended twice since January of last year for similar incidents. So, all of a sudden, his blindside hits are deemed legal? Where is the consistency there?

Why didn't Campbell observe the suspensions levied to Cooke in the past? What does Richards have anything to do with Cooke? That decision was a joke in the first place.

Failing to suspend Richards was a big mistake. Trying to be consistent can't be achieved when Campbell made the wrong decision regarding Richards' hit.

Matt Cooke should be worried March 18 when the Pittsburgh Penguins face the Bruins in Boston. As should Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin .

Savard's injury will still be fresh in the minds of players and fans alike when the puck is dropped. Hockey is an emotional sport. Things can get out of control. On March 18, it just might.

Campbell's decision today effectively stamped a bulls-eye on the face of every NHL player for the rest of the season.

Be worried, NHL fans.

It's about to get ugly.