This is no time to step back from serious justice being meted out to offending players. Lives are at stake and so is the reputation of the National Hockey League.
Want these ugly incidents to go away? A 25-game suspension won’t stop a thug like Kaleta from doing this again.
While Chris Neil isn’t deserving of a 25-game ban for his head-shot on Brian Boyle, it’s clear that he and his Senators teammates have targeted Boyle all series.
Gone are the days when NHL players could adequately police themselves. The game I love has now given way to ugly, vigilante justice.
Whatever Manny Malhotra said to Raffi Torres before the third period of the Stanley Cup finals opener Wednesday night, the journeyman wing turned it into a dramatic game-winning goal for the Canucks — even if Torres waited until the very last minute to do it.