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Mike Green suspended three games

The NHL has suspended Mike Green for three games for his eblow to the head of Florida's Michael Frolik last night. The suspension is without pay and is the first of Green's career.

More later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
 
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Unbelievable.

Posted by: SuperSwede | January 30, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

So Richards puts a guy out for the year and Green hits someone who is not injured. Richards gets nothing and Green gets three games, something wrong here, very wrong!

Posted by: majiksea | January 30, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

3 game break to get his head right

Posted by: Leeguru | January 30, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

he deserves it

Posted by: gocaps01 | January 30, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I thought Greener would just get fined, but a three game suspension? Did not expect this at all.

Posted by: elicea | January 30, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

You run one time, you got yourself a set of chains. You run twice you got yourself two sets. You ain't gonna need no third set, 'cause you gonna get your mind right.

Posted by: Leeguru | January 30, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Mike is going to change his name to Malkin and start wearing more black. Bettman will get all confused and unsuspend him.

Posted by: EckertA | January 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I would have thought 2 games, but they're clamping down. Mike not only led with the elbow, he threw it forward on impact.

I think the team will respond positively -- pull together to fill the gap, and all -- and keep the streak going.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

This is total bs...Green has never had a previous incident, he and our other skill players get run every game...bs on the NHL, the Caps should play the rest of the season with a chip on their shoulders...they get no respect from the league or the refs, it's been that way since they came in the league...anyone remember the dirty leg check Dennis Potvin put on Gustaffsoin, breaking his leg and thwarting the Caps playoff chances that year (1984 or 1985?) Greens suspension comes from commentary from the Canadian press, you would think Green is American or Russian the way he is treated by Hockey Canada, the Canadian press and the NHL! F them all!

Posted by: boomer44 | January 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Had the Cormier hit not happened so recently, it's likely the league would have shrugged this off with a fine. Now the NHL is embarrassed to find itself playing catch up to juniors in the discipline department. I would expect similar suspensions in the near future.

Posted by: geauxcaps | January 30, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

...wow...1 game I could understand, but not 3...hopefully, the Caps will respond with an "us against the world" attitude, and use it positively...I'm shocked by the decision...does anyone know who made it, given that Campbell "recused" himself...if the person who made it works for Campbell, I'd say the decision was tainted...if it was made by Bettman, I wouldn't be surprised...

Posted by: NorthFork1 | January 30, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

horse poo!! he's not a repeat offender, and the guy got up and played.

any suspension for Kulikov? of course not! (but if it were Ovi, he'd get 5 games!)

Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Greenie but the league has to do what they need to do. Rest up the knee.

Posted by: bigschu8 | January 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

@ boomer44

every time I see a knee on knee hit, I think about the hit on Gussy by Potvin.. it was in 86

Posted by: joek443 | January 30, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

At least he will now get the proper rest and time to heal that he needs. Hopefully all he needs is three games :) And if he needs more, no biggie.

Its still a bit insane how inconsistent the NHL is when it comes to suspensions/fines, but oh well, it is what it is.

Sometimes players get away with these things (cough, cough Richards), and sometimes they don't. Overall, if they handle any head shots (regardless of outcomes of player hit) the way they did Mike Green's then perhaps the league would be a better and somewhat safer league. Head shots, whether intentional or not, should be weeded out of the game.

Three games sounds like too much, but if it sends a message, than so be it...I think though it all depends on how the NHL deals with future head shots that will let us know if they are for real on this stance.

Sure, the Caps may miss Green for a few games, but luckily they are in good positioning where it should not mater much, and now they can recall Alzner or Carlson for a few games and give them some more NHL experience.

Hope Bradley is good to go for tommorow though...

Go Caps!


Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | January 30, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Three games? Sounds a bit excessive to me. But if this happens again, to another team or another player---a suspension better be forthcoming and it better be consistent.

If no one else can stop us, the NHL probably figured it should try to slow us down a little before we make a mockery of the league. Let's go out and prove we can still do it with or without Green!

Who gets called up? Carlson or Alzner?

Posted by: gebster | January 30, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Green deserved a suspension for the elbow, and if you weren't Caps homers you should be able to understand that. A dangerous play, without doubt. I've been a Caps fan through most of their history, and I would howl over a non-suspension if one of their players got hit like that.

If there's an argument to be made, the NHL's suspension methodology should be receive much greater scrutiny. I get the impression that certain teams...like Washington do not get the benefit of the doubt when they have a player involved with the league disciplinary function. A team like say...the New York Rangers...get much less scrutiny. I think it's political, but have no idea what causes it.

Posted by: pga6 | January 30, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

First off, I am die-hard fan. That being said, Green deserves this. That was a cheap shot. He was ticked off because had just been lit up. No doubt the NHL is inconsistent with their punishments. That must change, it is frustrating and unfair. The knee on knee was more on Mike, like BB said. I hope he gets healthy. Its hard on a win streak to find something adverserial to motivate. Now they have it. Alzner or Carlson, who comes up?

Posted by: jackstraaw | January 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't care about the three games if the NHL were just a litte CONSISTENT!!!!!! I am not a conspircy theorist, but the Caps seem to get the harsh end of the stick, and less justice than other teams...whether intentional or not, the knee needed at least a fine!

Posted by: capscoach | January 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Bruce is gonna put B-mo on the point during the PP to replace Green.

Posted by: elicea | January 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Who gets called up? Carlson or Alzner?

Posted by: gebster | January 30, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse
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I say Alzner

Posted by: elicea | January 30, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@pga6 & @jackstraaw, well said. Green deserved suspension (whether 1 game or 3 games, who knows what's right?), DC gets no respect, and discipline is too inconsistent.

Caps should use it to motivate.

I'm guessing whether Alzner or Carlson depends on the movement/waiver rules, which I can't claim any expertise on. Whichever is more favorable is what the Caps will do.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 30, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Crud...guess that means we'll see Tyler Sloan the next 3 games...

Posted by: R617 | January 30, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

This might be the best thing (except for MG's bank account). He probably needed to be out with the injury a game or two just so be 100% healed anyway. Maybe the league will continue to suspend players for these head shots.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 30, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Okay, MAYBE he deserves this, but that's not the issue here. The issue is that the league is inconsistent with their punishments. There's no way in hell that the NHL can justify this. Why wasn't David Koci suspended for his hit on Green earlier in the season? You wanna call Green's elbow to Frolik dirty, then what about Koci's hit? This is complete crap, but thank god we get call up Carlson.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 30, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes, 3 games seems too steep givent he absence of history.

Sloan's not playing. I'm betting Carlson, and if not it's Alzner.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 30, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I may be a homer, but the elbow did not warrant a suspension, this isn't figure skating, the NHL has not been consistent all year with their discipline. The Caps will be fine for three games without Green, but if they happen to lose three straight it looks like the NHL is singling out the Caps. Plus if the Canadian media hadn't made such a fuss the NHL wouldn't have reacted this wayt. Where were these so called hockey experts when Richards blind sided Booth?

Posted by: boomer44 | January 30, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

WHAT?!

Koci's hit on Green was at least as bad as Green's hit last night. Same with the knee-on-knee Green took. No suspensions.

Richard's hit on Booth was BRUTAL and unquestionably intentional. No suspension.

Where is the consistency???

Posted by: butcherbaker | January 30, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

If I'm the Caps, I have to be concerned about Greener taking the ka-bongs that he's been taking. That's on-ice awareness, and you'd think Green would have increased his if he remembers all the times he's been bombed.

Posted by: pga6 | January 30, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Further evidence that the NHL Anti-Capital. Give me a break! The idiot that hit Green s few weeks ago got nothing for his blindside hit on Greener, yet Green gets 3 Games for a hit that was in the gray area, IMO. Why do we get suspended for our hits that are borderline or just over the line, yet no one that hits our guys even get fined. Its incredible BS.
Did the guy who gave Green the knee on knee get suspended? I am betting he won't. Ridiculous

Posted by: jmurray019 | January 30, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

At least he'll have time to recover from the injury.

Posted by: stwasm | January 30, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how the league makes a decision on a play like this? Is it up to one individual to make a call or does it go to a committee? Is there an official rule book on this sort of thing? I'm guess there isn't but if someone has some insight into how a decision is made it would be helpful.

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | January 30, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Sloan's not playing.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 30, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse
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Am I the only one who's confused with the extension Sloan received?

Posted by: elicea | January 30, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game last night and saw the Green hit - in my opinion, having seen it live and on numerous replays, it wasn’t a 3-game suspension worthy hit, especially since Green hasn’t been disciplined or suspended previously. The NHL is so inconsistent in this regard that it is getting difficult to take their “discipline” seriously. So many worse hits have happened this season with little or no punishment by the NHL that I’m just appalled. I guess if you’re a Penguin or Flyer player the rules are different.

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it's getting too hard to ignore the inconsistency of the NHL. It's so very frustrating...

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | January 30, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Bruce said they're not gonna recall anyone and will use Sloan. From Tarik's Twitter.

Posted by: vtcaps08 | January 30, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

As much as I am dissapointed with the NHL for the inconsistency, I wishplayers i general would own up for their bad plays. Green knew he elbowed the guy...but the NHL can't leave Richards alone and then give MG 3! thats BS!

Posted by: capscoach | January 30, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

WHAT?!

Koci's hit on Green was at least as bad as Green's hit last night. Same with the knee-on-knee Green took. No suspensions.

Richard's hit on Booth was BRUTAL and unquestionably intentional. No suspension.

Where is the consistency???

Posted by: butcherbaker | January 30, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse
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Don't forget Gonchar's hit from a few weeks ago.

Posted by: elicea | January 30, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

exactly capscoach, it is a big joke.

Posted by: O-V-P | January 30, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it(from Japers) that there will be no callups of defensemen until after the weekend.

Sloan gets back in the lineup after a long absence. So what will our pairings be?

Schultz/Poti
Sloan/Morrisonn
Oisk/Pothier

Or will they be something else?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 30, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot of inconsistency but Green totally deserves the suspension. Couldn't be more intentional. Check it out: http://ballhype.com/video/mike-green-nasty-elbow-on-michael-frolik-jan-29th-2010/

Posted by: jakopz | January 30, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Schultz/Poti
Sloan/Morrisonn
Oisk/Pothier

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 30, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse
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This would be my prediction.

Posted by: elicea | January 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I am a huge Green fan, think he is under appreciated by many Caps fans. But in this case, I have no problem with the suspension. It may be a game or two more than it should be, but that's quibbling over details. Frankly, its about time the league started punishing these hits. That this happened so soon after the Cormier elbow in juniors didn't help, everyone is going to be hyper-sensitive about these things now.

I think it will be interesting to see what the NHL does with the next elbowing. I don't agree that the league is anti-Caps (they make too much money off Ovie for one reason), but if the next guy who throws an elbow somehow avoids suspension then I might have to reconsider.

Posted by: Gould23 | January 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely that the suspension was deserved. BUT, more importantly, I feel that the inconsistency issue is the main point that needs to be addressed. That Koci was not suspended and Green was is a complete oversight and very unfair. Ovechkin suspension...horse hockey in comparison to others that have been "let off." It seems that other teams are getting the "benefit of the doubt" while the Caps are being handcuffed "by the book."

Yes, it is US against the WORLD...

Posted by: eyechip | January 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Did any of you saying he didn't deserve it actually see what Green did? He got bopped by Stillman, and took it out on someone else, with a direct elbow to the head. Take a look at it on YouTube. Green leads with his elbow to the head. Pretty straightforward. There would be people crying a river here if Semin took a hit like that, because that's what homers do.

Sure, Koci's hit was real bad. He also got a 5 min major for boarding.

No one ever said the league is doing well with their disciplinary action. At this point, it's hard to say whether they give a guy a suspension due to their actions, or plain "like/dislike" of a player or his team. A guy like Koci has no business in the league, and they gave him nothing for a blatant cheap shot. Unless they consider Green the kind of guy who sets himself up for making bad hits look ugly through their non-awareness. If that's the case, they need to say so. Right now, it's just a matter of time before a player gets killed on the ice in an NHL game, but he gets no suspension because "he's a nice Canadian boy".

Posted by: pga6 | January 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This suspension was absolutely warranted. If anything it was too lenient. It doesn't matter that Green has no history or that the player didn't get hurt. That was an absolutely terrible hit that has no place in the game whatsoever.

I'm stunned that anybody is trying to defend Green in this situation.

Posted by: GoUnited | January 30, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Fair or not ?? I don't think it is but as others have stated it is "message time" from the league.

This gives him some time to heal the charlie horse and any other nagging injuries before the club gets back home on Friday. He will be well rested for the back end of the back-to-back on Fri and cry baby on Sunday.

Posted by: dave53 | January 30, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

jakopz: I think a lot of Caps fans have come around and said that Greenie does deserve the suspension. I watched it and he seemed very angry from the previous hit that ________ laid on him. (Can't remember who it was)

But the problem here is that players have done much worse things and haven't got suspended. That's the issue here. I'm more pissed off about that than the actual suspension. At least this gives him some time to rest up.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 30, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@sargeantmofo

I agree. If it had been Ovi, it would be five games. No, make it 10 games. Previous offender with bad reputation (at least in the eyes of the NHKL czars, but not in my personal eyes).

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 30, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

GoUnited: Green went too far, absolutely.
But there is also no place in the NHL for hits like Koci's on Green in the Avalanche game. What's the excuse there? Why wasn't Koci suspended? If you ask anyone, that hit was even worse than Green on Frolik.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 30, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@GoUnited: I think that most here agree that the suspension was deserved. The primary argument is that there is no consistency within the leagues rulings.

Posted by: eyechip | January 30, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

For those who don't think it's worthy of discipline, I think the angle offered in this feed is more pertinent. While you have to listen to the Panthers' commentators, look at the clip at 00:40, and play it a few times from that point. From this angle you see that Mike not only led with the elbow, but threw his elbow at the face:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9O3bKvhqTw&feature=video_response

Like I said, I love Greenie and think that 3 games was too steep given the absence of prior discipline, but given where we are today with the focus on head shots, this is suspendable.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 30, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The inconsistent discipline is maddening, and I think it makes the NHL look amateurish. They talk a good game about wanting to protect players, prevent head injuries, and so on, but their actions to date (see Koci on Green, Gonchar on Clutterbuck, countless others) don't back up the talk. If Green getting an extra game or two is the first step toward walking the walk instead of just talking the talk, then I'm okay with that. But I'm somewhat less than confident that they've actually taken that step.

Posted by: Gould23 | January 30, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't think people are defending Green, just wondering where the consistency is with the punishments.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 30, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

whats an eblow?

Posted by: bobnowell | January 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The point is not Green deserving suspension, rather it is cheap shot artists like Mike Richards with a track record never get suspended because they are good ole canadian boys. Mike Green is considered too flashy for canada and heck he is not on the canadian national team so why not come down hard on him. That's how the league thinks.

Posted by: O-V-P | January 30, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Besides, I kind of like what Green did. It was dirty, but I like it in the manner of "I got whacked, but I'm going to personally make someone pay for it". I don't think the Caps have that kind of reputation, especially with their more skilled players. It's a phase every team that wants to win anything is going to have to go through. Just like Ovy and even Nik Backstrom are going to have to fight one day.

Could you imagine Flash getting kabonged and doing anything about it other than curl up on the ice? Neither could I, but showing the willingness to fight means the team isn't just going to go into the fetal position.

Next time, Stillman might think just maybe for a half-second that I might end up watching one of my guys carted off on a stretcher if I hit Greener with an atomic bomb again. That serves a bigger purpose than the three games Greener misses.

Posted by: pga6 | January 30, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

When a player for the Penguins or Flyers gets suspended for a play like Green's, then I'll believe in the NHL 'discipline' system. Until then I'll keep believing that it is a biased joke, based on the lack of any consistency.

And let's hope the Caps can rally around Mike like they did during Ovie's suspension - let's show the rest of the league what this team is made of - LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | January 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Hits to the head are bad, but is it me or between this and the Ovie suspension, we seem to get a lot of suspensions for hits that "might have" but did not actually hurt someone.

Too bad the same standard does not seem to be applied elsewhere in the league.

Posted by: TheGJ | January 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"Eblow"? WTF I put more care into proofreading emails to buddies than the Post does for articles read by thousands of readers.

"The NHL has suspended Mike Green for three games for his eblow to the head of Florida's Michael Frolik"

Posted by: nativedc | January 30, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Per Tarik's twitter

Varly expects to be going to Hershey on Monday.

Posted by: elicea | January 30, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely unbelievable. Head shots are serious, but 3 games is excessive. The only real question is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypJALsJxmDI

Posted by: OttoRed | January 30, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

oh well..three games to rest....we are in such a good spot in the standings...it's not like we're fighting for home ice advantage like the Cup champs are.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The NHL's disciplinary system is a joke. Pretty much everyone agrees on that. There's no "standard" for discipline in the league, and that's what's on occasion made the league look like pro wrestling. Players on the same team with identical histories can get different suspensions leveled for doing the same exact thing.

I'd like for the NHL just to come out and say "we LIKE Mike Richards more than any Washington Capitals players". That's more believable than the nonsense emanating from league offices.

Posted by: pga6 | January 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

@nativedc and others

I saw the "eblow" thing, too. But I've been guilty of it too. No matter how much I try to proofread before sending stuff, I still make errors. Including previous comments here.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 30, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

OttoRed:

Thanks for that! I think the blog mood needed to be ligtened up!

Posted by: capscoach | January 30, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

So I am confused. Mike gets a 2 minute minor for elbowing, which the refs saw as to the head, but gets a 3 game suspension from the discipline board.

Now I'll go with those that say the head shots need to be cracked down on more due to injuries, but aren't we putting the cart before the horse? Shouldn't the rules be changed first to be an automatic Game Misconduct penalty for a shot to the head rather than a Game Misconduct for an injury to the head?

I don't see, to be consistent with the rulebook, how any suspension can be levied when there is no injury. Now, if we want to change the rulebook to remove players from the game due to a shot to the head regardless of injury, then I can understand these type of further disciplinary actions for someone that repeatedly receives Game Misconducts.

Posted by: JBMSC | January 30, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Did Green deserve a suspension? Probably. But look at the cheap shots he has been a victim of, and there has not been a suspension of any of those players. The NHL is extremely inconsistent, and biased against the Caps - they always get punished beyond what the offense deserves.

And why no suspension for Kulikov? I seem to remember a certain Russian Cap getting 2 games for the same thing - and the player he hit played later on in the same game.

Posted by: timmyv38 | January 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

And why no suspension for Kulikov? I seem to remember a certain Russian Cap getting 2 games for the same thing - and the player he hit played later on in the same game.

Posted by: timmyv38 | January 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

because Kulikov's hit was clean.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

And why no suspension for Kulikov? I seem to remember a certain Russian Cap getting 2 games for the same thing - and the player he hit played later on in the same game.

Posted by: timmyv38 | January 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

because Kulikov's hit was clean.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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Kulikov's hit was IDENTICAL to the one that got Ovi suspended.

Posted by: butcherbaker | January 30, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't think some of the people saw the same hit that I did -- Green deserved the penalty, but his back was turned too much, and he leaned into the check with his body more than his elbow.

By any reasonable standard, this is a poor and unwarranted decision by the NHL. It reflects inconsistency (Richards hit on Booth, Koci hit are great examples), and completely justifies the contempt many of us have for the NHL obviously poorly executived disciplinary system. I suspect Ted and GMGM have given an earful to Bettman, and will and should find a way to extract some revenge at some point (when DOES Bettman's and Campbell's contracts come up again). It is reasonble to conclude that there is bias at work here, either against Green or the Caps.

No doubt, they will use this as a motivator to send a message of their own to the league. Also, since the league clearly picks on the Capitals, we should expect other teams to try to goad the Capitals into retaliatory penalties, especially the untalented goons from Tampon Bay on Sunday.

Tarik can do us all a favor with some good journalism on the NHL's disciplinary system. It makes no sense. Let's see what you got, Tarik.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | January 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with all of the comments about the lack of consistency...but don't expect it to change. This is a system designed by labor lawyers who represent management (and that's what Bettman was before he became commissioner) which is designed to give the league virtually unfettered discretion, lets them do what they want with no, or no meaningful, explanation or reference to precedent. It's due process NOT. But it won't change...because it was designed to be the way it is.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | January 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Greener definitely left his elbow up and it definitely hit Frolik in the head. I'm not sure if it warranted a 3 game suspension, but there have been just too many incidents this year for them not to take it seriously, even if Frolik got up or not. Was it as bad as Richards' hit? I don't think so, but Greener was definitely looking to bulldoze someone to the ice and I think his elbow hung up alittle.

Posted by: alee06 | January 30, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Just like Ovy and even Nik Backstrom are going to have to fight one day.

Posted by: pga6 | January 30, 2010 1:24 PM

Not to nitpick, but Ovy already has fought in the league. He fought d!ckhead Richards in his first season.

Posted by: Chase4 | January 30, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the guy who sent Green head first into the boards get on eir no games at all?

I'm not saying Green does or doesn't deserve the suspension by the letter of the law, but this is getting silly. Shocker another inconsistent ruling that goes against the caps that no other team would have gotten? This is sick on it's face and the league needs to be called out.

Posted by: VTDuffman | January 30, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Not to nitpick, but Ovy already has fought in the league. He fought d!ckhead Richards in his first season.

Posted by: Chase4 | January 30, 2010 7:20 PM

That was Ovy's second season, and in a preseason game.
Both of those guys are going to have to square off one day. Heck, Wayne Gretzky even fought (although he picked it).

Posted by: pga6 | January 30, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I remember players going after Semin the previous two seasons....until he fought Marc Staal. Now players stay away from him. Who knows, if Green shows he is willing to fight, players will leave him alone.

Going off topic, if anyone's been to Gallery Place in the past week, does anyone know what they're doing to the Chipotles that's next to McDonalds? It was closed down last night and boarded up with pictures and everything inside was taken apart.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 30, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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