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How Many Games for Simon?

By now, you've probably seen Chris Simon's two-handed stick chop on Ryan Hollweg's face last night at Nassau Coliseum. If you haven't, here it is. It's pretty ugly:

The incident began when Simon was crushed along the boards by the Rangers' agitator with a hard but clean hit late in the third period. Simon (a former Capital) reacted by violently slashing Hollweg across the face and neck.

Simon was ejected (for intent to injure) and Petr Prucha scored on the ensuing power play to lift the Rangers to a huge 2-1 victory.

Other than a cut on his chin and losing his hearing and blacking out for a couple of seconds, Hollweg is going to be okay.

But it could have been much worse. This is not the first time we've seen a stick used as a weapon. And it's not the last. But the NHL must send a stern message by handing Simon and lengthy suspension, in my opinion.

So here's the question of the day: How long of a ban does Simon deserve?


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 9, 2007; 9:23 AM ET
 
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How many did Bertuzzi get? McSorley? I'd say somewhere around how many those morons got for their actions. Add a few games to continue to send a more stern message with each similar infraction. Next guy that does it gets a few more games than Simon gets, etc.

Posted by: E | March 9, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I should apologize and clarify, I haven't seen the hit yet so I shouldn't comment. Let me go find it though.....

Posted by: E | March 9, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was right.

Posted by: E | March 9, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The rest of this season, the playoffs (if applicable), and at least half of next season. Forward his paychecks to Hollweg.

I wouldn't be averse to putting him in the stocks in front of MSG for a few days either.

Posted by: HolyOlie | March 9, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I take that middle bit back... Hollweg is fine, so forward his paychecks to charity.

Posted by: HolyOlie | March 9, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

it was worse than mcsorely. far worse, in my eyes. rest of the season, playoffs (if they make it) and more. 15 games next season maybe? actually, the islanders should just waive him (not that nolan would do that to his buddy chris) and be done with it.

Posted by: pgreene | March 9, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Two years. That swing was vicious, and could have caused extreme damage if the stick was a couple inches either way. Just because it didn't cause damage to Hollweg doesn't make the intent any different.

Posted by: Dezlboy | March 9, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The Bertuzzi and McSorly suspensions are the class of suspension that Simple-Simon has put himself into.

That type of hit is the type where you take the guys number and get him back, legally, some other time. It didn't warrant immediate action, and certainly not of that magnitude.

Posted by: Kim | March 9, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

At a Minimum, rest of the regular season and all of the playoffs. NHL needs to punish Simon, BUT more importantly, they need to send a message to the Players and fans that this kind of behavior can not, and will not, be tolerated.

NHL suspended Dale Hunter 20 games for a cheap cross check on Turgeon way back when. This offense dwrafs Hunter's cheap shot. NHL better gets this one right. US media ignores the NHL until something like this happens. NHL bashers in media will pile it on if NHL doesn't act.

NBA has suspended their goons 20-50 games. NHL should not be gun shy about doing the same.

Simon, lost it. He did this out of anger with full intention of hurting Hollweg. He desrevs a very long suspention.

Posted by: Genotype55 | March 9, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Rest of this year including playoffs. I liked him as a Cap, but if he were still a Cap I'd be asking GMGM to waive him

Jason

Posted by: JS | March 9, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Rest of season, playoffs, and at least 20 games next season, maybe more. Just a few inches lower and he could have killed the guy. Plus, it wasn't like he turned around and swung in a reaction. He had time to think about what he was doing.

Posted by: TG | March 9, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I'd say throw that thug out of the NHL for at least 1,5 years without pay and charge him with assault in criminal court. Let him spend some time in jail. Simon is a disgrace! Players (if you can call them that) like Simon, Sutton and half of the Atlanta Thrashers should be banned from hockey. We do want to see a physical game, clean hits. But what Simon did does not resemble anything like that. What a thug!

Posted by: Finn | March 9, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Suspension - harsh and long.

But more importantly, thank you Tarik for distracting us from the miserable Caps. It's great that your blog is branching out and giving us hockey fans something to think about and discuss other than our depressing home team.

Posted by: katzistan | March 9, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The rest of the season, playoffs and at a MINIMUM half of next season.

After having watched the clip several times, Chris Simon knew extactly what he was doing. It wasnt an instantaneous reaction, he got back up, saw Hollweg circling back around for a line change and went after him.

And this isnt the first time he has done something crazy-- remember those racial slurs against Grier? And this from a man who is native american and owes a lot to Ted Nolan, the victim of racism in hockey on several occasions.

Throw the book at him. Actions like these are what give hard hitting but clean hockey a bad name. And, to do it on the same day, three years after the Moore/Bertuzzi incident.

Posted by: LB | March 9, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Suspend Simon 82 games, starting today. So that would be all the remaining games this season, plus any playoff games, and whatever's left next season. Hopefully the Rags would miss the playoffs and Simon's suspension would the first 70-ish games of next season too.

Simon's attack is nothing like the recent head-hits (e.g., Ottawa-Buffalo): this was out of control rage, and the league needs to kick him out for quite a while.

Posted by: OrderedChaos | March 9, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I think the rest of the season and the playoffs... the islanders have a shot to go pretty deep this year and i think Simon could have been a big part of that but not anymore

its a shame too because i always respected simon as a tough guy but he crossed every line imaginable last night

Posted by: Mike P | March 9, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Wow...that's pretty ugly. Wasn't McSorley suspended for the remainder of the seaosn and the entire following year (from which he never returned)?

Posted by: Blueline | March 9, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

kick him out of the league immediately, and aid hollweg in pressing charges. That was absolute bullsh%t and should not be tolerated in any sport, or any setting for that matter. If I did that in a bar i would spend 6 months in jail, he should too.

-c

Posted by: Charles | March 9, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I mostly liked Simon when he was here. He had a tough road to get to and stay in the NHL. This is bad. He definately should miss the rest of the season and the playoffs and 20 next season. I am not sure that I would make an example of him by terminating his hockey career.

But when are the players going to crack down on themelves? You can't hit the head! The sport depends on its talent being available to play, and head injuries are the trickiest to recover from. The players need to start applying peer pressure on there own teamates to stop the stupid stuff.

If those who play in and support the sport and want it to gain respect than its time for everyone to grow up. It does no good when the only time you see the game covered on the "Today Show" is when they are showing the latest, stupidly vicious hit.

Posted by: Clarendon | March 9, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Lifetime ban, no question. The NHL absolutely must start cracking down on this kind of garbage before someone dies on the ice. The league missed their chance to send a message with the Bertuzzi incident, but now that idiot Colin Campbell has a chance to make up for it.

Posted by: zamboni | March 9, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Just did a little research and McSorley was originally suspended indefinitely. His suspension was later modified to extend to February 20, the 1 year anniversary of his hit on Donald Brashear.

In his trial, McSorley argued that he was attempting to hit Donald's shoulder to provoke a fight which might be a plausible explanation. After seeing Chris Simon's hit, he was obviously attempting to injure Hollweg.

Posted by: Blueline | March 9, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't bet on more than 10 games, based on this season's "precedent" (read "Cam Janssen"). I'd like to see more. I wonder if, independent of the suspension, this is the end of Simon's career.

Posted by: Fred | March 9, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

He should be suspended indefinitely, like McSorely, and left to stew about it. He should be told he will be allowed to apply for reinstatement in one calendar year but that he is not guaranteed of ever being permitted to play again. His actions could well have killed a man, he is extremely lucky that shot wasn't about an inch lower or he very well might have killed Hollweg.

Posted by: Jay | March 9, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Suspend him for a year, starting now. If that means he effectively can't come back next season, tough.

Posted by: warren | March 9, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The remainder of this season, all of next season, and MANDATORY anger management and community service, minimum. That hit was a disgrace! I loved Chris Simon when he was here, and my son refused to watch the Caps when they traded him, but I wouldn't bat an eye if he was suspened for life.

Posted by: Sue | March 9, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Just suspend him and move on. All they need to do is follow their own NHL rules and problem solved.

Grow up people and stop whining about how rough the NHL is...if you don't like it don't watch. Sports is competitive and sometimes things get heated and if you can't relate to that fact then I suspect you never played any team sports growing up. Too bad...

The NHL is NOT a UFC match and anyone who thinks hockey is just about fighting has NEVER truly watched and appreciated Hockey as a sport. At least checking and hitting is expected in this sport--how can you explain the fists and elbows in Basketball--thought that was supposed to be a "non contact" sport (yeah right) and their little brawls are soon forgiven and forgotten.

No doubt Simon will reap the consequences for his actions...


Posted by: Mike | March 9, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Seriously worthy of a McSorley-esque suspension and then some. As a matter of degree, though, I think Bertuzzi's action was much more reprehensible and criminal. His act was clearly premeditated before the game and not a "rage reaction" like Simon's. He never should have been allowed back in the NHL, IMHO.

As to Simon, has he had shoulder problems again recently? I'm wondering why he didn't just drop his gloves and go after the guy instead.

Posted by: Geauxcaps | March 9, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that was NASTY. kick him out, I say!

Can I give a shout out to the Caps, who realized that if they lowered prices, they could get my poor grad student self to more games? thank you, caps! I can finally afford to sit in the lower bowl for a game (tonight!) and I hpe other people took advantage of the offer, even if the team is decimated. Hockey is hockey, and the closer to the ice, the more fun it is!

Posted by: I should be working | March 9, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I would say at least a full calendar year suspension. Then he would have to apply to be reinstated. He would have to prove that he can control his anger before returning. Chances are though, if he is suspended that long, last night might have been his last game in the NHL. He was a marginable player at best and after being away for that long no team will want him.

Capital Fanatic
http://www.capitalfanatic.com

Posted by: Capital Fanatic | March 9, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

suspend this and next year. problem is he'll just retire. what else can be done? reinstate him for next year if he goes to anger management and lectures nhl teams on this kind of behavior before the season starts every year?

Posted by: cd | March 9, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Time for his deportation to Canada, and the county's refusal to accept him.

Seriously, on par with McSorley. Stick files to the body like spearing and butt ending can be tolerated, but intentional blows to the head are right out. I say give him a year, which basically means the rest of this year and likely all of next.

Posted by: Waiting for next year | March 9, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

15 games. Simon is a player that must play on the edge to stay in the NHL. I don't put this in the McSorley or Bertuzzi class at all. Simon did not chase Hollweg around the ice. It was an unfortunate impulsive reaction. I am glad that Hollweg seems fine.

Posted by: Pope | March 9, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Ban for the rest of the season and all (possible) playoffs. Announce that immediately, then say a decision on suspension into next year will be announced at the end of the season. Total games, including (if any) playoffs, need to total the equivalent of one season.

Posted by: Adam Blackwell | March 9, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

He should get at least 50 games. Set a precedent.

Posted by: strungout | March 9, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

O games. If they really want to send a message, fine the Rangers $5 million.

Posted by: Paul | March 9, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

1 calendar year or 82 game suspension starting now. Without question.

A two-handed frontal swing to the face and neck? Hollweg could very easily be blind, dead or drinking everything through a straw right now.

Posted by: Shmoo | March 9, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

One calendar year and he must apply for reinstatement. Enough is enough. How more chances do we need to give before someone is killed?

Posted by: cbstoner | March 9, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The rest of the regular season and the playoffs (if applicable). He probably should get some going into next year too.

I had just as much angst against the comments AFTER the game as I did the two handed swing of the stick. Simon saying "I'm sorry I let my team down" is just B.S.! Hey Chris, how bout showing some concern for the condition of the innocent guy you hit?

He's had a history and the league (and the WWF fans) like history!

Posted by: caphcky | March 9, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Clearly an attempt to injure. He should be suspended for the rest of this season (playoffs included) and ALL of next season. If this stuff continues hockey will drift slowly into oblivion and it would be well deserved if the owners don't do something to clean up the game.

Posted by: david Jewell-Philadelphia | March 9, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

To play devil's advocate a bit...

Doesn't the physical nature of hockey and the tolerance of fighting allow incidents like this to happen? Your hottest hotheads are going snap from time-to-time and this is going to happen. Some people even when they have a couple seconds to think are still going to act impulsively when they're filled with rage.

If you've never played a physical contact sport like hockey in a competitive environment at any level, it's hard to understand how some people might behave this way. I know my behavior alters significantly in this kind of environment. I yell. I scream. I taunt. I retaliate. Normally, I'm a pretty mild mannered guy. I've seen the same behavior in lots of people on the ice. It's a lot like the road rage some people get driving.

Am I likely to give someone a two-hander to the face? No. Under the right conditions some people are. Unless the NHL significantly changes the physical nature of hockey these types of things are going to happen occasionally however long you suspend people.

I am by no means condoning what Simon did. It was awful. However, I do not think it was as bad as McSorley or Burtuzzi. Suspend him for the season and playoffs and make him petition for re-instatement in the fall.

Posted by: Bubba | March 9, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The play in NHL is out of control. The board of govenors should fire the commissioner for not doing his job. The play of thugs is not acceptable, the old days of the NHL should finally be put to rest before someone else gets seriously injured. Can anyone get that league under control, the officials sure are not doing it. Good to see that Drury (Sabres) is finally back on the ice after that "legal" hit from an Ottawa headhunter.

Posted by: CCC | March 9, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Regular season, playoffs and at least half of next year with all paycheques going to a charity of the NHL's choice. There is no excuse at all for hitting someone above the neck. If Hollweg wants to file charges, then the NHL should assist him in doing it. This is the kind of garbage that hurts everyone associated with the game.

Posted by: EricS | March 9, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Ugly and totally unnecessary part of the game. Suspend this goon for the rest of the season, including playoffs and fine him big time.

Fine the coach for putting him on the ice, fine the owner for pretending this thug is a professional athlete

Posted by: Harry L | March 9, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

He's been suspended indefinitely until his hearing. I say he needs to sit out at least a year. Sorry Bubba, but there's fighting and then there's trying to maim someone. Simon was the latter.

Posted by: tallbear | March 9, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Suspend him for the rest of the season and the playoffs. It wasn't anywhere as bad as Bertuzzi but was almost as bad as McSorley. Why 'almost'? It wasn't from behind and I think that matters a little. Still, hefty fine and the season/playoffs.

Posted by: Kerplunk | March 9, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

You know, there are a lot of people posting a bunch of questionable opinions today. Lets be careful not to compare Simon's attack to Bertuzzi, McSorley and Hunter. All those guys attacked from behind. Simon didn't do that and we will never know if he would've either so lets not speculate ridiculously. Judge it by what it was not by what others did. Just my opinion.

Posted by: Kerplunk | March 9, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The NHL isn't "out of control". Incidents like what happened last night are very rare. The Bertuzzi incident was three years ago, and McSorley's trial was four years before that. By comparison, how many all-out brawls have there been in the NBA the last few years? How many horrible cheap shots has the NFL had to deal with over that timeframe? And what about all of the off-field incidents involving drugs and guns? There were, I believe, at least two college football games this season that had serious fighting incidents before the game had even started. And let's not even talk about baseball, where guys are throwing 90+ MPH fastballs at batters' heads as a matter of course.

So no, the problem that the NHL has isn't that it's "out of control". Fighting is way down, and the amount of scoring and skill level is higher than its been in over a decade. The problem is its brief history of violence in the 70s (thanks Philly) combined with irresponsible, sensationalist "journalism" from media outlets who only cover hockey when there's a fight and don't understand that the game has changed significantly since then.

Posted by: zamboni | March 9, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I initially said minimum 30 games (considering Hunter got 20). But the more I watch it I think he should get this year and the rest of next year.

He's old enough, he'd probably retire. Hate to see this happen, but this stuff does.

Wasn't this like 3 years to the day after the Burtucci hit?

Posted by: Go Skins Go | March 9, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

If you decide to wear the Ranger's jersey then you'll need to deal with what's coming to you. Thank you, Simon. You made my day.

Posted by: islesrule | March 9, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Paul said:
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Why would they fine the Rangers? Simon plays for the Islanders.

He should get the rest of the season and playoffs and thats it.

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | March 9, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

AP says that Simon has been suspended indefinitely at this point.

Posted by: zamboni | March 9, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I buy the "it wasn't from behind" defense for keeping his suspension down. I think I'd rather get whacked on my protective helmet than smacked on my unshielded face and/or neck. Either way, I think it's a surprise attack which Hollweg (not a player I'm particularly fond of) wasn't expecting.

Posted by: Blueline | March 9, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

WOW, nasty hit.

But if its 12'' lower its not even called. Very bad judgment by simon. Although the way Hollweg pushed him face first into the boards I will say he had every right to comeback at him. He should have used his hands and not the stick. A stiff fine for that kind of a lumberjack move is clearly called for. But I hope the NHL doesn't end his career with a 2 year or a ban. Maybe rest of this year with a hefty fine on top.
Not sure whats up with him recently. last week at the game I saw brash practically begging him to go on two occasions and he refused.

Posted by: LIVINIT | March 9, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

At least the rest of this season and playoffs. Possibly some or all of next season. That was just utterly uncalled for. It would be a shame if that's how Simon's career ended, but this calls for consequences.

I think that would have been called regardless of where Hollweg was hit -- it was a two-handed swing, hard to miss. It doesn't matter if Hollweg is fine (although thank heavens he is -- I'm no Rangers fan, but I hate to see anyone hit like that). That's more luck than anything. This calls for a severe suspension, not to mention suspension of pay.

Posted by: Capsfan6 | March 9, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious about people's opinion on Hollweg's initial hit. To me, Simon's back is clearly turned, he's standing a good foot from the boards, and Hollweg hits him from behind and slams him face-first into the boards. Isn't that basically the definition of boarding these days?

(Of course it goes without saying that whether Hollweg's hit was clean or not that Simon was absolutely not justified at all in his retaliation.)

Posted by: zamboni | March 9, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Pretty brutal, though I do think McSorley's was much worse. It even looks like Simon might have been going for a cross check to the chest and ended up getting the face. I'm not making excuses for him, though; he still needs a nice long time off. And yes, let's dispense with this "out of control" stuff. As a previous poster mentioned, this is about the only time you'll see anything about the NHL in the media. A thrilling 7-game Finals doesn't crack the top CNN.com headlines, but this goes right up there.

Posted by: Mike | March 9, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

You have to feel badly for Chris what with what he's been through in his life, but he's just never been the, er, brightest bulb in the closet. No, he's not Allen Iverson -who makes a cinder block look intelligent- but he's down there on the Bell Curve. Seems its one step forward, one step back for Chris. Good luck and God's speed to Chris - he's gonna need it after this boneheaded move.

Posted by: muskrat | March 9, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree with a lot of what has been said already "One calendar year and he must apply for reinstatement."

Fighting is part of the game and it's necessary, fighting can be explained to a novice, this wasn't fighting and it's why the NHL has such a tough time getting new fans.

If Simon is severly punished by the NHL they are only hurting themselves.

Posted by: D~ | March 9, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

should have said:

If Simon ISN'T severly punished by the NHL they are only hurting themselves.

Posted by: D~ | March 9, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

regardless of the length of the suspension, i sure hope the NHLPA doesn't try to get it reduced or file an appeal on his behalf. this will only stop if the players decide to police themselves. the NHLPA needs to step in an let the players know that they will not support players who take such actions.

at least it sounds like simon will be taking responsibility for his actions and not offering some BS excuse. it also sounds like the islanders are not making excuses either. nothing worse then teams (buffalo) who make lames excuses for their players who commit such acts.

Posted by: Big Si | March 9, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

zamboni wrote:
"I'm curious about people's opinion on Hollweg's initial hit. To me, Simon's back is clearly turned, he's standing a good foot from the boards, and Hollweg hits him from behind and slams him face-first into the boards. Isn't that basically the definition of boarding these days?"

Simon TURNED HIS BACK just prior to Hollweg finishing his check. You can't convict the checker in that situation. Hollweg made the correct play. There hasn't been a hockey analyst yet today say that Hollweg's hit was a cheap shot or a penalty. Heck, even Melrose said it was clean and I (rarely) agree with Barry...:)

http://360.yahoo.com/cthskies

Posted by: caphcky | March 9, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

He's 35 - this will almost certainly end his career because the league won't let him play next year.

I looked up his age on the Islanders Web site, and you gotta love their roster page:

http://www.newyorkislanders.com/team/roster.asp

Posted by: Arlington, VA | March 9, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

In this case, no publicity would be good publicity, but the fact that both New York teams were involved might have something to do with this being mentioned on Today. (The game was on the Island, sure, but it's not that far away.)

Posted by: P-Mac | March 9, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Kicked out of NHL for good!

Posted by: Hawk | March 9, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

It's so sad to think that this puts him down in NHL history with the likes of Bertuzzi and McSorley. Just sad. He will have to deal with this major error in judgement for the rest of his life.

Posted by: On Ice | March 9, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Screw him! I won't care when he cries next week saying "I'm sorry!" He should be thrown out of the NHL. Thug!

Posted by: Finn | March 9, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Suspend him for season (including playoffs0!!

Posted by: A Hardwick | March 9, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Hollweg's a punk and I have seen on more than one occasion his recklessness on the ice and numberous checks from behind which the hit on Simon clearly was. Suspend Simon for every shift Hollweg missed which was none. At most as many games as Orr received for his crosscheck across OV's chops. Too bad Simon didn't ring up Avery too-another punk who deserves to be slammed into next week. I hope the Caps lay down for the Canes tonight to help them leap frog those poor innocent victims.

Posted by: Darryl Hockey | March 9, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The Caps will lay down for the Canes just because they suck and don't have any talent (but for A&A).

Posted by: Finn | March 9, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Well said Darryl. Hollweg is not a saint either. He's given out his share of questionable hits. The NHL should suspend him for the initial hit from behind, at least a few games. Then, it should suspend Simon for the rest of the season and the playoffs. Let him come back next year, if the Isles still want him. I'm just sorry he didn't do it to Jagr.

Posted by: puckdawg | March 9, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

wow, that cant be good

Posted by: timbers | March 9, 2007 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Punish him by making him play the rest of the year with the Caps...then he will learn true suffering

Posted by: Scott | March 9, 2007 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Another miserable night for the Caps. At least Ted is having fun - he's not losing as much money as he could have. But, hey, here's something for Ted to think about: it is very easy to turn people away from you, yet it is all so hard to win their trust back. I truly feel for Ovechkin who had to end up here with a bunch of losers. I just hope he will have the strength to pull through and get an agent who will request a trade. Let the rebuild continue with draft picks.

What will you say now? Zubie was a 3-4 line center? We got a "what's his name" in return. At least Zubie and Ovechkin could score. The Caps are miserable! We, as fans, do not deseve this embarassment. Ted, did you hear the fans booing? I hope you did. Sell the team to someone who will care, before it's too late! And fire Hanlon and GMGM. Losers!

Posted by: Finn | March 9, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

This was no worse then a variety of hits that happen nightly in the NHL. It was just more visible. I agree with one poster, if you want to retaliate, wait till the right moment.The NHL is way too stupid to clean up the constant vicious hits. Any shot to the head should cause immediate supension & no it was not a clean hit just because Simon turned------all players should have control of their actions. One other thought, this is nothing compared to Bertuzzi-----he should still be in jail.

Posted by: sidehillman | March 10, 2007 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Finn, once again, if you hate the team and the owner why do you watch. Tarik is correct when he says that at least they have been consistent about thier rebuilding process. you say it's easy to turn people away, but you just can't do it yourself, can you? So who's the bigger losers? the caps or Finn who hates the team but still watches them and then gets on line late on a friday night to comment? seriously, turn of the games and go root for the pens/sabres. lets all regroup on July 5 as Tarik says and then lets see how serious Ted et al are about building a winner. in the mean time, it's gonna be rough, but it shouldn't be a surprise...

Posted by: Finn Loves Caphcky | March 10, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Simon, not to mention Hollweg, is incredibly lucky that serious damage was not done. That lucky break for his conscience should not be parallelled in his official sanctioning. I was a huge fan of Simon and Witt when they were here and was looking forward to cheering them and Zednik in the playoffs, but I won't let that cloud my judgement. I say the soonest he should be on the ice is next season.

Bill

Posted by: Bill | March 10, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Fox is reporting Simon got 22 games. So that would be the rest of the season and the next 7 games, whether they be in the playoffs or next season or some combination. What I can't believe is that if the Isles make the playoffs and get through the first round (big if) Simon would definitely be back at some point in the second round of the playoffs.

Posted by: C. Stone | March 10, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Simon should get a 10 game suspension, given that Hollweg instigated with a vicious boarding penalty.

Posted by: Bearcaps | March 10, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

the nhl needs to send a serious message that cheap shots and retaliation are unnaceptable!!! This league has serious problems because of these unbelievable incidents. 50 games!

Posted by: stick | March 10, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Once hollweg regained his hearing and mental capacities, he must have felt pretty special. For that is the job of the agitator...force reactions, draw penalties, and watch your team score and win the game with the ensuing power play. Yes, the NHL will punish Simon enough for the media to feel good, but they truly want Simon and Hollweg together and on the ice for the Playoffs (if possible). After all, news - especially bad news - makes ratings. Hats off to Mr. Hollweg for performing his duty (no pun intended).

Posted by: T. K. | March 11, 2007 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | March 11, 2007 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is over reacting. He got his 25 games..so be it. These incidents take place every once in a blue moon in the NHL, it happens. I believe that if you take away the instigator rule, things like this wouldn't happen. Players would be too afraid to take cheap shots on good players, they would be too afraid to swing sticks, and they would be too afraid to run around the ice looking to start something.

Posted by: joe | March 12, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I think the Simon got what he deserved. I believe that the NHL should give a suspension like they did in Simon's case but make some sort of addendum that if the injured player is out longer then the suspension then the guilty party should be banned as long as the injured party is unable to play in the league. For example, in the case of T. Bertuzzi he should still be banned from the league, because as far as I know the injured player hasn't returned yet has he?

Posted by: Ken | March 13, 2007 6:01 AM | Report abuse

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