penny lane wrote:sadly part of the equation is who gets hits...substitute Dan Carcillo for Hossa and the nhl is talking the coyotes strong play.
True, but that's not an unreasonable consideration. If guys think that superstars are more protected, teams are less likely to send a Godard type after a Crosby type.
Completely faulty reasoning. Point is not that some guys are off limits... point is that, if you let these guys go long enough hitting like this, they will eventually have a **** at a Crosby type and won't think twice about making that hit. Hits are either legal or they aren't, and they need to eliminate them BEFORE someone gets hurt like this, not after. Your suggestion indicates that a star needs to get seriously injured before players will get the message, yet stars keep getting injured on plays like this.
The gray area you said isn't unreasonable needs to be extremely limited. When you suspend James Neal for a high hit on Giroux and kick Matt Cooke out of a game for getting hit after the whistle, and Shea Weber can slam Z's head into the glass without missing a game, and PK Slew-Ban can 'dangerously trip' everyone without any penalty at all, players can't be sure what's legal and when.