Let me start by saying the Chara hit on Pacioretty was absolutely devastating and unfortunate, that is without question. The grey area however comes into play over intent.
Steve Montador, an ex-teammate of Zdeno's, said in an interview yesterday that players hit to hurt, not to injure. He also went on to add that Chara probably knew exactly where he was on the ice, even if he didn't want that result. I'm not hear to argue intent. I think the NHL is starting to get to the point where intent is irrelevant.
David Steckel turned to skate up ice in a game against the Penguins. While doing so, he clipped Sidney Crosby in the face with his shoulder. There is a strong argument to be made that Steckel didn't even see Sid, and not many people would claim there was malice on the play.
Crosby has yet to get back into the Penguins lineup due to concussion symptoms. If it was determined that Steckel meant to hit Kid Crosby, Steckel would likely have been suspended since the NHL has now outlawed "east/west" hits where a player hits an unsuspecting player from the side. Chara was deemed by the NHL to have done nothing wrong other than hit a player in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn't change the results.
If a player accidentally trips someone it still gets called. Same with a high stick. Same with delay of game. Why not suspensions?
I'm not for suspending players for totally legal checks that result in injury. Its a contact sport, its going to happen. But Chara, at the very least, was reckless. Steckel, although accidental, was not conscious enough of his surroundings and may have hurt a superstar for the year. And in both cases, its debatable if the hits were legal.
I'm also not saying they should throw the book at these guys. Most hockey pundits seem to agree with the NHL's ruling. But a one to three game penalty for each guy would've at least sent the message that players need to be responsible for their actions. The legality and result of the play should be the first factor used to decide if a suspension is in order, the determination on intent should then be used to decide length.
All the above said...hold the freaking phone. Air Canada and Louis Dionne need to calm down. Air Canada is claiming that "Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey." Also, Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions, Louis Dionne, has requested a police investigation into Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara over the hit that hospitalized Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.
The highest end MacBook Pro (without any upgrades) retails for $2,499.00. But don't try to convince people that Toshiba's highest end laptop in their Qosmio line betters it in a majority of key areas for $1,999.00 or that the $1,599.00 Qosmio is comparable (and still better in many ways). And this holds true across the board for laptop manufacturers. One more piece of wisdom. Internally, Macs are identical to PC's. The only major difference is software.
I wonder how much of these huge profit margins go into marketing? Like I said, I know this sounds like a hate-filled rant, but it really isn't. They are absolutely brilliant. They have made polished hardware combined with excellent software into something of a status symbol. I wish one of them could market our podcast.
I guess I just don't get it. I'm curious to hear from Apple fanatics. Clue me in! What am I missing?
It seems customary to end the blogs with pics of our dogs so here goes.
Sit Lukin, sit. Good dog.