Friday, March 11, 2011

Today in Head Shot Discussion: Henrik Sedin is making some sense

By Finesse

This post is not about whether Zdeno Chara should have been suspended for his hit on Max Pacioretty.  Instead, it is addressing the ridiculous argument that the game is so fast that Chara couldn't have known where he was on the ice.  Let's turn it over to reigning MVP and creepy-looking twin Henrik Sedin via Puck Daddy and the Vancouver Sun:
“I'll tell you this: if you say that you don't know where things are around the ice, I think you're not telling the truth,” Sedin said. “You play the game for 20 years, you know it's there."

The one on the left to the right
Here's the point.  In considering whether you think Chara should be suspended, you have to assume that he knew where he was on the ice and that his hit would likely cause Pacioretty to hit the turnbuckle.  You don't have to assume he meant to break Pacioretty's neck, but to say that Chara is innocent because he didn't know where he was on the ice is not consistent with the level of talent and on-ice awareness that players of his caliber have.

Another flawed argument in the Chara debate is, "if this happened anywhere else on the ice, it wouldn't have been so bad."  Yes, that's true.  But, unfortunately for Pacioretty, it happened where it did.  If Fedor Tutin wasn't so close to the boards when Matt Cooke took a flying leap into him from behind, it wouldn't have been boarding.  But Tutin was near the boards; hence, it was boarding and a suspension.  As it should have been.

The NHL rule book is littered with provisions that determine penalties based on where you are on the ice.  It matters, and it should.  Therefore, if you are going to defend Chara's non-suspension, just don't say either 1) the game is so fast that he didn't know where he was on the ice; or 2) if it had happened 5 feet to the left, it would have been a regular hit.

After all, if Brett Hull's skate was a foot farther out, it wouldn't have been in the crease.

1 comment:

  1. Ha! You mentioned the rule book. maybe the refs should read it before they make calls or better, don't make calls when they should (see rule 48)