Simon: NHL gets it wrong...again!
I'd like to congratulate the NHL on its consistency. The National Hockey League is consistently the worst run major professional sports league. The six game suspension of Gustav Nyquist is the latest example of the league's own mismanagement.
I'm not even angry about Nyquist getting such a light suspension for a vicious act. This is what the NHL does. They always under suspend players when they have a chance to make a statement about how you should or shouldn't behave in their sport.
Going by the way they conduct their business, you'd almost think the NHL was trying to drive away its own fans on purpose, their version of a tank, so to speak.
I fully expected Nyquist to get five or six games despite the fact my first thought, after seeing the replays on twitter, was a suspension for the rest of the regular season.
I was appalled at what I saw. Which is really saying something when you consider some of the heinous acts of violence that have taken place on NHL ice over my 40+ years as a hockey fan.
The six game suspension handed down by the NHL is wrong on so many different levels. You can't have that play in the game. It show no regard for the safety of a fellow player. I don't care if Nyquist has no prior history of violations. He has to be held responsible for a brutal act.
The NHL always takes into account what happens to the player who is the victim of the attack. Why? Should it really matter that Jared Spurgeon was able to return to the game? What Nyquist did was an egregious mistake that should carry a significant penalty. What if he connected with one of Spurgeon's eyes and it cost Spurgeon his eyesight? Would the NHL then throw the book at Nyquist?
The league's own explanation on its reasoning behind the six games is laughable too. Nyquist tried to say it was an accident and not intentional. He told league officials he was going to cross check Spurgeon and was attempting to get his stick around to do that when the blade jabbed Spurgeon in his face. I guess I should give the NHL credit for not buying that pile of you know what. In a video at their own web site, the NHL noted it was not accidental or inadvertent.
They went on to state "Nyquist is completely responsible for using his stick to deliver a blow that was extremely dangerous and easily could have resulted in a major, if not career threatening injury."
How could you possibly give that explanation and then attack a six game suspension? I'd say it boggles my mind but it doesn't, its the NHL.
Here is the NHL explanation of the play and the suspension: