WingFanInA2 wrote: ↑Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:16 pm
Pop Zeus wrote: ↑Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:37 pm
WingFanInA2 wrote: ↑Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:52 pm
I won't argue that, he is a rookie too though....and running a player into the boards when you are staring at their numbers should be an easy call to make for the refs.
The problem is, then guys just face the boards because they know they can't be touched.
I don't think Raymond was hit that hard.
I don't think that play warranted a penalty.
Regardless, I like the way Bertuzzi responded.
I hear you but I don't think that is what we are seeing. Sure, if a guy sees someone skating towards him, and turns to face the boards, then that is bullshit. But in this instance, Raymond's going for the puck. Should he be more aware? Probably. But that hit was pretty much text book boarding. I do think it deserves a penalty, especially with the league's emphasis to prevent head injuries. But they've always been inconsistent and vague on their enforcement so you really don't see a change in how players hit.
We may disagree on this, and that's fine, I know you have a different viewpoint, and you've been consistent. But I do agree I liked Bert's response.
I'm with WingsFaninA2 here. There is a common trope that says these guys turn to the boards to create these situations. Writers, commentators, forum members, it gets repeated in a lot of places. But I don't think there are too many players out there trying to draw something this way. PZ said:
"The problem is, then guys just face the boards because they know they can't be touched."
In reality, guys are getting creamed like that every night. I don't think there is a player out there that thinks they aren't going to get touched by turning toward the boards. There are just too many players in the NHL that won't pull up, and it's not like that isn't well known. I think the problem lies with the hitter, not the one being hit. And guys know they face an unacceptably high risk of missing a lot of time to maybe
draw a penalty or protect the puck. And they know it is called inconsistently, too. It's a bad proposition from every angle.
If a guy is going to try to draw a penalty, he is much more likely going to do that with some bad acting on a feigned trip or hook or slah, and not try to draw it by getting knocked unconscious or suffering some other injury that will put him out a long time. Everybody knows they will be hit along the boards; I don't think it enters any player's mind that if I just turn toward the boards, I won't get touched.