Vulgar Opinions: Dustin Brown – Jason Pominville…We’ve Seen This Before
Dustin Brown was suspended for this hit on Wild Forward Jason Pominville. Let’s all watch it:
That was fun. Brown got just two games for blatantly throwing an elbow directly into someone’s face because he’s avoided NHL discipline thusfar despite one of the most impressive highlight reels of dirty hits. Michal Rozsival…when someone wants to play Race to Injury-forced Retirement with you, you make damn sure they win.
But my overriding thought was ‘hmm, this looks familiar.’
That was in the 2011 playoffs when NHL discipline and most hockey fans decided that it’s okay to elbow someone in the face if that someone is Patrick Kaleta. If I could find the Puck Daddy article from two years ago, I’m sure it would agree.
I’d like to think that Brown’s suspension is indicative of the NHL slowly but surely evolving on its players’ constant attempts to brain one another, and while a part of it probably is, I more think that it’s still mostly just a scrambling for literally any excuse to allow the game to retain something it doesn’t need. There are two ways to approach this, the NHL’s way, which is to crawl forward on player discipline while leaving every possible door and window open for these kind of hits under the guise of not wanting to ‘neuter the game’…
…to actually put some stock into that best athletes in the world crap we hear and admit that the best athletes in the world can learn to (for the most part) not hit the head (regardless of circumstances) because they are the best athletes in the world.
But this is a physical game, and potentially fining or suspending for hits that are only questionable will kill it and its fans. We need that in the game because it’s what makes hockey, hockey.