Cyalis levitra sales viagra Is the NHL’s most recent 10-games plus the first round of the playoff suspension to Matt Cooke a sign that the league finally has a clue in reference to a zero-tolerance stance on head shots, cyalis levitra sales viagra or is Cooke’s suspension merely a case of a blind squirrel finding a nut?

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Cyalis levitra sales viagra First off, cyalis levitra sales viagra the NHL should have dealt with Cooke problem a lot sooner than they have. Cyalis levitra sales viagra A little over a year ago they had the chance to throw the book at Cooke for his vicious hit on Marc Savard and the NHL chose not to level a suspension saying they had no other recourse.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Of course they had a recourse. Cyalis levitra sales viagra It was one offered by Don Cherry on a Coach’s Corner segment on CBC following the hit on Savard. Cyalis levitra sales viagra Not only does Cherry review the Savard hit, cyalis levitra sales viagra but he goes on to detail the laundry list of “borderline” hits featuring Cooke flaunting the rules. Cyalis levitra sales viagra

Cyalis levitra sales viagra In discussing the hit on Savard, cyalis levitra sales viagra Grapes pointed to Rule 21 which deals with Match Penalties. Cyalis levitra sales viagra More specifically, cyalis levitra sales viagra he pointed to Rule 21.1 which states

Cyalis levitra sales viagra “Match Penalty – A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.
A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.”

Cyalis levitra sales viagra No matter what anyone says, cyalis levitra sales viagra any hit to the head is a match penalty because it is an attempt to deliberately injure a player.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra The league should have been addressing this problem years ago when Scott Stevens was waylaying players with hits to the head. Cyalis levitra sales viagra Stevens’s defenders were always quick to point out that the Devils captain was merely using his shoulder as opposed to an elbow or arm to the head.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra The bottom line is the NHL should have used Rule 21.1 to put an end to any and all shots to the head. Cyalis levitra sales viagra I would even be willing to give some leniency if it is a players’ first offense or even if the head shot happened by accident as part of an honest attempt to throw a check. Cyalis levitra sales viagra However, cyalis levitra sales viagra none of these applied to Cooke back in March 2010 just like it didn’t in March 2011.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Of course, cyalis levitra sales viagra the NHL’s counter argument stems from the referees not using this rule to assess penalties – thus allowing the NHL a way to weasel out of doing its job – despite the fact the NHL can and does suspend players when no penalties are called.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Joe Yerdon of MSNBC Sports offered up the following evidence supporting a suspension for Cooke’s hit on Ryan McDonagh.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Cooke’s hit touches on a lot of things the league wants to eliminate from the game and makes him the perfect target for a message-sending landmark punishment:

Cyalis levitra sales viagra • He delivered a blindside hit
• He delivered a blow to the head
• He targeted McDonagh’s head
• He’s a repeat offender

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Turning the clock back a year or so, cyalis levitra sales viagra you could very easily replace McDonagh with Savard and have just as compelling an argument for lowering the book on Cooke last March.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Not even Pittsburgh’s GM Ray Shero could avoid the obvious – that Cooke has to be dealt with once and for all.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra “The suspension is warranted because that’s exactly the kind of hit we’re trying to get out of the game. Cyalis levitra sales viagra Headshots have no place in hockey, cyalis levitra sales viagra” Shero stated. Cyalis levitra sales viagra “We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen. Cyalis levitra sales viagra Headshots must be dealt with severely, cyalis levitra sales viagra and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”

Cyalis levitra sales viagra When your own GM throws you under the bus, cyalis levitra sales viagra you know that you have crossed the final line and are beginning to run on borrowed time.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Disappointingly, cyalis levitra sales viagra but not surprisingly, cyalis levitra sales viagra quiet on the matter is Penguins owner Mario Lemieux. Cyalis levitra sales viagra While quick to hammer the NHL for its lack of action during last month’s Penguins-Islanders free-for-all, cyalis levitra sales viagra his silence in regards to Cooke’s latest antics speak volumes. Cyalis levitra sales viagra While Nick Kypreos did write on twitter that Lemieux met with Cooke and offered an ultimatum of change or go, cyalis levitra sales viagra Lemieux owed it to the NHL to be just as outspoken in reference to Cooke or run the risk of being re-branded a hypocrite.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra While it is stylish to drop the hammer on the NHL, cyalis levitra sales viagra the players have to take responsibility for their actions. Cyalis levitra sales viagra Calls to repeal the instigator rule as a potential way to force the players to police themselves falls short because I don’t think it is enough of a deterrent by itself. Cyalis levitra sales viagra The NHL and the NHLPA must work together to better educate players and officials (both on-ice and those in the league’s office).

Cyalis levitra sales viagra In a February 2011 column for the Sporting News Today, cyalis levitra sales viagra Craig Custance offered that perhaps the offending player should have a bigger say in the suspension levied. Cyalis levitra sales viagra I am not so sure I agree with at idea, cyalis levitra sales viagra but Custance did bring up one point that I had not considered before.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Custance wrote the NHLPA finds itself in a Catch-22 situation – they represent both the player accused and the player injured. Cyalis levitra sales viagra It is a situation that has not gone unnoticed by players.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart was on the wrong end of a blindside hit that cost him a broken jaw (and 15 games missed) and cost Calgary’s Tom Kostopoulos a six-game suspension.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra “It’s a bit of a conflicting interest. Cyalis levitra sales viagra As the PA, cyalis levitra sales viagra I guess they feel it’s their responsibility to try and get the guy as lenient a penalty as possible. Cyalis levitra sales viagra On the other side of it, cyalis levitra sales viagra you’ve got a guy who is not playing and is injured who is a part of the PA as well, cyalis levitra sales viagra” Stuart explained to Custance.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra “I think the PA’s best interest should be protecting players, cyalis levitra sales viagra not protecting a guy from getting a couple-game suspension.”

Cyalis levitra sales viagra I have reprinted an article I wrote back in April 2002 when “Ranger Ramblings” was housed at a different web site. Cyalis levitra sales viagra I have posted it again because, cyalis levitra sales viagra while the names and incidents have changed, cyalis levitra sales viagra sadly the problem the NHL and its players face have not changed in reference. Cyalis levitra sales viagra It also contains a reference to I made about the NHL needing to do something about head shots as I railed against the headhunting Stevens did to the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2001 NHL playoffs.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra As a Ranger fan, cyalis levitra sales viagra the inevitable question over Sean Avery comes up in reference to Matt Cooke. Cyalis levitra sales viagra Yes, cyalis levitra sales viagra Avery does try one’s patience with some of his antics and some of the most stupid penalties taken. Cyalis levitra sales viagra However, cyalis levitra sales viagra Avery has never been suspended b y the NHL for an ON-ICE infraction. Cyalis levitra sales viagra

Cyalis levitra sales viagra His only suspension, cyalis levitra sales viagra and subsequent anger management classes, cyalis levitra sales viagra came as result of his “sloppy seconds” comment. Cyalis levitra sales viagra Given the laundry list of Cooke’s suspensions and non-suspension “encounters”, cyalis levitra sales viagra shouldn’t Cooke be undergoing some sort of anger management training as well?

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Perhaps this latest suspension might prove to be the trick in policing Matt Cooke and his actions – if the following quote from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is to be believed.

Cyalis levitra sales viagra Cooke said, cyalis levitra sales viagra “I realize and understand, cyalis levitra sales viagra more so now than ever, cyalis levitra sales viagra that I need to change. Cyalis levitra sales viagra That’s what I wanted my message to be.”

Cyalis levitra sales viagra While actions do speak louder than words, cyalis levitra sales viagra and time will tell, cyalis levitra sales viagra at least he admitted he has a problem and that is a first step for Cooke – and his 10-game/first playoff round suspension is a first step for the NHL as well.

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