Aaron Rome Suspension
June 7, 2011 by staff
Aaron Rome Suspension, Sorry Vancouver Canucks fans, but for once the NHL right. In I have a bug that should have had the former head of discipline, Colin Campbell, rolling his eyes, the NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks defender ‘Aaron Rome during four games this morning. That means he will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup final. The suspension was a blow to Blueline Nathan Horton last night’s game in Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins. Horton, who was pinned under the chin on the shoulder of Rome, was rushed to hospital on a stretcher. Boston has announced that its leading scorer of the playoffs is out with a severe concussion, and will not return for the final.
What makes this morning’s ruling in Rome is amazing that he got exactly what he deserved. As much as the NHL takes years promising to resolve the problem of head shots, brass of the league has been long on talk and woefully short on action. The question is not exactly a new, war for talent has been a black eye for the sport since retiring defenses Scott Stevens New Jersey Devils began to stop racing in the 1990′s.
But until now, no one, or more precisely, Colin Campbell had the balls to do something about it.
Mike Murphy, former assistant to Campbell, gave the suspension of Rome. Murphy is expected to turn over disciplinary tasks recently retired NHLer Brendan Shanahan season following.
Murphy has just done a big favor Shanahan. For the first time since Campbell being a cop in the league 15 years ago, the National Hockey League players has sent a clear message: the penalty for head shots will now be serious. How serious? In the entire history of the NHL, only three players have ever been suspended in the final stage. They all have a game.
Chris Pronger repeat offender, then the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, was the last player who receives a suspension, the next in the third game of the 2007 finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Pronger left his feet to pull the stack of Tomas Holmstrom’s head into the glass, dropping the end of Red Wing on the ice. Received a total of a set of Campbell.
If all that strengthens the NHL players, was that there was no need to worry about being punished or, more accurately, severely punished “for guiding the head of a fellow player. And the players certainly took to heart. Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cooke escaped suspension for his potential career ending in 2010, as a blow to Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard was only the tip of an ugly iceberg.
Now, with the suspension of Rome, the NHL has finally managed to send a strong message.
Rome is not a dirty player. It is not a cheap-shot artist. He did not come cross-ice, and did not have the staff or elbows up. In retrospect, it probably feels as bad as anyone for the success Horton, mostly because what happened was not his intention. Rome’s crime was that Horton hit one or two seconds too late and could not resist.
So what we have is an honest player with no history of idiocy banned for the rest of the playoffs. There is an old saying in hockey than a playoff game is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of five regular season games.
The NHL, so only idiots notified well documented as Steve Downie, Cooke, Matt and Ben Eager: meta head in the regular season and, based on punishment to Rome, will go to the north of 20 games.
Campbell was famous for handing out suspensions after weighing all kinds of intangibles rogue state of repetition, the severity of injury, intent, the marquee value of a player. This rulebook has been expelled. And while it sucks for Aaron Rome, is good news for anyone who cares about hockey.
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