Friday, October 12, 2007

More on suspensions

I've talked about this a little in the past, but here's my take at Globe on Hockey on the fact that NHL teams bear none of the punishment when their players goon it up.

Perhaps the Flyers aren't as much to blame as Steve Downie and Jesse Boulerice, but the current system doesn't assign them any blame at all.

UPDATE Eric Duhatschek has a similar solution that has its merits, too.


At 3:02 p.m., October 12, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

That's a really good idea for the next CBA negotiation. It certainly hurts the team a lot more than a 100,000$ fine would.

At 3:40 p.m., October 12, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I left a comment over at G&M too, but my main problem with this idea is that it is a deterrent for the top-spending teams only. You could cap-penalize Phoenix half a dozen times and they wouldn't even notice.

At 3:45 p.m., October 12, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

This past basketball season, when there was talk about the poorest teams tanking to get a better draft pick, I think their commissioner was considering the possibility of penalizing teams ping-pong balls in the draft lottery for tanking. His thought was that the integregy of the game required teams to try and win, instead of deliberately losing to some opponents that might be in a playoff race, while another team fighting for the playoffs would be playing against a team that was actually trying.

I wonder if there might be some way to penalize teams in the draft for repeated bad player decisions. Not necessarily taking away picks, but maybe dropping them down some spots? A bad team not near the cap might think about having a draft pick drop from number five to number 20, even if the cap hit doesn't matter.

Just my dos pesos.

At 4:42 p.m., October 12, 2007, Blogger Camcanuck said...

I think they should penalize the team by NOT allowing them to replace that player for the duration of the suspension (or maybe some portion of it... say half for example). The team must play with a short bench. It punishes the team as well as the player. Unfortunately this would never get the support of the NHLPA.

At 6:09 p.m., October 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately this would never get the support of the NHLPA.

Why the heck not? Isn't this an issue of workplace safety?? What kind of "union" is this???


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