Last night was another example of what the NHL wants to take out of the league.
Boston Bruin's forward Dan Paille hit Dallas Stars forward Raymond Sawada, while in a vulnerable position.
This is exactly what the league wants out of the NHL, so I'm not sure why people are hating on this.
It was a clean hit in the old NHL, sure, but times are changing.
Paille came from behind, with tons of speed aiming to hit him, though by the end it wasn't a full blindside hit because he caught up to Sawada (because of his speed), but he was in a vulnerable position. He hit him right in the head, and almost with the elbow though mostly with the shoulder.
The NHL has just suspended Dan Paille for four games.
In the new NHL, you can only hit players that hard, when it's full on front to front, and of course there shouldn't be any head contact.
I'm all up for it calling more of these penalties and suspensions, though I wasn't about four years ago because everyone was used to these kinds of hit, and injuries weren't so rampant.
But, now with players coming in bigger, stronger and faster, and the equipment is harder then ever. It tough seeing players go down so frequently.
Before we would see players like Eric Lindros go down, but it would happen more rarely. In the old NHL it wouldn't happen as much with more clutching and grabbing allowed, to help slow down opposing players.
Only players with brute strength would be able to knock down most players, such as Scott Stevens, because speed wasn't as much of an issue.
It is now, and times are changing, and the NHL is smart in attacking head shots firmly (though I'd like bigger suspensions, but that's another story).
Players like Savard, Booth and even Crosby are going down from these head shots now, and it's only hurting the game if we can't see All-Star caliber players playing.
The league should keep enforcing these calls more often and lay down larger suspensions, because it seems like players still aren't getting it yet.
Time have changed and it's time to adapt. Keep calling blindside hits and head shots firmly, and then the fans will then get to see the NHL's exciting players more often which will result in a better game.
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