SMTM wrote:[You couldn't say he was trying to break my neck," Cole said. "You could say it was a bad move on his part not to let up, to finish the hit the way he did. "
Draftnik wrote:Cole is a fearless power forward. He is as tough as they come in the NHL.
Draftnik wrote:He isn't some ***** crying about a hit.
Draftnik wrote: This isn't a garden variety cheap shot, it could end his career.
Draftnik wrote: Cole has every right to be pi$$ed and the Canes have every right to be pi$$ed that their 2nd best forward was probably knocked out of the playoffs when they had a chance to make a Cup run by a guy on a last place team with nothing to play for in a game that was over for all practical purposes.
ExPatriatePen wrote:It wasn't a cheap shot at all. A dumb split second decision by BOTH parties that taken together has caused extremely unfortunate consequencies, but no way can it be categorized as a 'cheap shot' by anyone who knows anything about hockey.
We can agree to disagree. Your "anyone" comment assumes plenty of knowledgeable parties are ignorant. Plenty of Carolina Hurricanes called it a cheap shot. They know more about hockey than either of us. One of the referees assessed a major penalty and game misconduct. That signifies cheap shot. The ref knows more than either of us. The NHL's Lord of Discipline suspended Orpik. That signifies cheap shot. Collie knows more than either of us. The only opinions that count passed judgement on Orpik and proclaimed him guilty.
Brooks Orpik shifted the balance of power in the Eastern Conference and helped determine the fate of the Stanley Cup as well as possibly ended the career of the preeminent American PF. It was cheap and the consequences are sickening on all levels.
ExPatriatePen wrote:"While it is apparent that there was no deliberate intent to injure on this play, Mr. Orpik's careless hit on his opponent resulted in a serious injury," said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "Even if a player leaves himself vulnerable, the checking player does bear some responsibility in avoiding a hit on a defenseless opponent.
A hit on a defenseless opponent is ............ a cheap shot.
ExPatriatePen wrote:Draftnik wrote:A hit on a defenseless opponent is ............ a cheap shot.
Lets just put skirts on them and play no contact then...
netwolf wrote: No one is complaing about hitting in general - it's the hitting from behind.
ExPatriatePen wrote:netwolf wrote: No one is complaing about hitting in general - it's the hitting from behind.
That's just the point. If you've played hockey, (and honestly I don't remember if you do) you'll undestand that Eric was headed straight for the boards at a right angle. Brooks knew he would have to turn either right or left, he aimed for dead center knowing he'd only catch a piece of Cole. Cole never moved. he fainted right, tried to cut left, lost an edge. It's a patented move he pulls - all the time. This time it left him vunerable.