The Boston Bruins are on their first losing streak of the season, and the streak of punishing the result and not the act continues for the NHL Department of Player Safety.
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We’ll get to another sloppy loss for the Boston Bruins below, but seriously, it’s getting harder and harder to defend the NHL Department of Player Safety or even understand how they decide on supplemental discipline. This clip is from 23 years ago when then-Bruins defenseman Marty McSorley whacked then-Vancouver Canucks enforcer Donald Brashear with a two-hander to the head. McSorely was suspended for 23 games and investigated by the place for his actions:
This is from Saturday in the first period of the Bruins’ 7-4 loss to the New York Rangers when Rangers captain Jacob Trouba, at closer proximity and right in front of an official, did the same to Bruins winger Trent Frederic. All Trouba got for swinging his stick like a baseball bat into Frederic’s head was a $5,000 fine.
Josh Allen @BuffaloBills received a higher fine for pointing at a Cinci player than Jacob Trouba received from @NHLPlayerSafety for deliberately striking an opponent in the head with his stick. Trouba should be banned long term Gary Bettman is a joke @NHL
— SabresBuzz (@SabresBuzz) November 26, 2023
The major difference is that Frederic was thankfully not injured on the play, and Brashear was carried off on a stretcher with a serious concussion from his head hitting the ice. The problem is those results shouldn’t be the deciding factor in supplemental discipline. At what point will the NHL finally realize that if you come down harder on the act and not simply the result, then maybe the act will stop or at least decrease? Until that point, players are in danger, and CTE will run rampant.
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