Are the NHL Hits too much? Ovie out for two more games this season
In the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, "Ovie" played the game he has always played, and the team makes no apologies for, and took out Brian Campbell. Unfortunately, Campbell wasn't quick to get back to his feet and had to be helped from the ice by a trainer. There was no blood. There was no streatcher. He simply did not recover immediately and return to play.
Was the hit uncalled for? Was the hit more vicious than normal? Well that would be a matter of opinion, wouldn't it.
Unfortunately, Campbell is out for an unforeseen number of games with tan upper body injury, and the opinion is that it was more vicious. As a result, Ovie has now been labeled as a repeat offender and will forfeit a portion of his salary, in addition to the two game suspension.
Rumor has it the NHL is leaning towards stronger penatlies for hard hits. I certainly hope they know what the ruling will be before they make the change, and not do so by trial and error. With the playoffs looming closer, wishy washy is not the way to go. Make a decision and stick to it. And for the sake of all of us hockey fans, they need to make sure they know what they are doing before they make the ruling. The last thing we need is a ruling that may need to be reversed, or alternatively, one that isn't strong enough.
No one wants a career ending or life ending injury because of a vicious hit, but no one wants the NHL turned into a grade school floor hockey game either. Hockey is a game of hard hits and the players know that.
Has it become too vicious? Do we need harsher penalties? Is the NHL sending a message and Ovie is just the scape goat? You tell us what you think, and maybe the NHL is reading.