OK I have to admit I was shocked that the NHL even punished
Brandon Prust at all given the way NHL “justice” has been over the years. But
of course the punishment never fits the crime in the NHL and until it does then
the NHL will remain a carnival act mocked by ESPN Sportscenter.
Really just 2 games for breaking Derek Stepan’s jaw as it
might be a minor miracle if the Ranger sees Stepan in their lineup before the
playoffs end. Let me get Dan Carcillo out of the way before I go any further as
if the NHL had addressed what happened to Stepan properly then the 10 game ban
on Carcillo would have been the right call.
I know there are plenty of you angry and upset over the “punishment”
but at the same time this is what you should expect from the NHL after all this
time. C’mon after Brandon Prust called Chris Kreider’s hit on Carey Price “accidentally
on purpose” then here Prust goes injuring a player.
Even worse is if you take the time to watch the NHL’s video
clip on the hit then their own wording actually makes a stronger case for a
longer suspension. This was not “interference” this was a clear attempt to
injure a player and had the four on-ice officials called Prust on this hit then
real punishment would have happened.
After all how do you say “10 games suspension” for a play
that wasn’t even a penalty during the game? That would have called out those
officials for missing the play in the first place. Now we can’t have that now
See for years I have wanted the NHL to change how they
punish players for dirty play. There are way too many “punishments” like the
one handed out to Prust while the injured player is out weeks or even months.
What I want to see done is the suspension having 2 parts.
The first part is the offending player is suspended for as
long as the player he injured remains unable to play. Once the injured player
returns to play then the second phase of his punishment begins which is the
number of games the player was due to be suspended. If the play takes place
during the end of the season or playoff series then the player is suspended for
the number of days it takes the injured player to recover starting with the
first day of the next season.
Let’s also address the four on-ice officials who somehow
never saw this play? Maybe “Instant Replay” needs to be expanded to cover plays
like this one. After all at this time of the year the guys in stripes are
supposedly the very best that the NHL has to offer.
How can you continue to allow this crew to work such
important games when they totally miss someone getting hurt? In any event the
Rangers suffer a serious loss to their lineup right at a crucial point of the
Maybe the Rangers have their rallying cry to fire them up
but it will really stink that the Rangers wind up losing this series after