ExPatriatePen wrote:Quite simply, the photograph speaks for itself.
The best part of hockey, IMHO, has always been the big hit.
I'd rather see Ulf, or Darius, or Brooks layout a bit hit, than see a Ronnie Francis type slapshot. Having said that, there are rules. Nothing is more disgusting than knee on knee or boarding like what Brooks did to Cole.
That's not to condem Brooks. He made a split second decision that was wrong, I've made a few of them myself. I've also paid the price.
I'm glad eric wasn't paralyzed. I'm also glad Brooks was suspended. Might help the next time he's in the same position.
Actually the photo does not speak for itself, it's a bit after the hit and Orpik is bouncing back off the boards. AT NO TIME DID HE LEAVE HIS FEET TO MAKE THE HIT.
But that being said, Orpik really drove Cole into the boards and intentionally shoved him. He could have put his arms up and only initiated a hip check. Still would have been a boarding call but this hit was done with malice. I don't think he tried to hurt him but he did end up doing it.
5-10 games would be right.