A New Standard
Only a couple of weeks ago, Jamie McGinn’s hit on Aaron Rome wasn’t a suspendable offence.
Neither was Ben Eager’s charge from behind on Daniel Sedin.
You tell me if those hits aren’t as egregious – or even worse – than Rome’s hit on Horton.
Listen, I get it. Rome’s hit on Horton was a late hit. Horton, unfortunately, was injured, though we heard this morning that he was thankfully discharged from hospital. But it was far from a dirty hit, and certainly, it was far from the worst hit ever in history of the Stanley Cup Finals.
I expected the suspension. I didn’t expect the league to change the rules midway through the biggest series of their season. If the league is sending a message, so be it. But like I’ve said before, this message will get lost if the next guy who hits someone 0.4 seconds late doesn’t receive similar discipline.
Update: Rather than starting a new post, I’m adding the following video as a further point of reference. A lot of holier-than-thou comments out there so let me just remind those folks that Michael Ryder was NOT suspended for his hit on Blair Jones in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals. The hit wasn’t late – Jones never even had possession of the puck when Ryder nailed him. Ryder’s lucky Jones wasn’t hurt; otherwise his hit might have actually been considered dirty and a suspendable offense.