Orr's big hit
I'm a day late posting this, as I was paying Air Canada to misplace my luggage, but Colton Orr's big hit has set off quite a debate in the past 24 hours.
A look at some of Thursday's reaction:
Remove the personalities (Orr and Cullen) from this equation and just consider the act of hitting someone high. A legal high hit puts a skater’s head in danger from the initial blow and from whatever might occur when his head, neck or face strikes the ice. And that’s too high a cost for me.
"It's certainly a reminder about what's happened to our team this year, where the other teams are taking pretty good shots at our players. Last night was a reminder of that. There's been guys come available that are tough guys, but probably not at the level we're looking for, so we're still going to look for one of those top guys."
... let’s not get all bent out of shape thinking that Colton Orr was some innocent bystander. His hands were up, and his helmet collided with Cullen’s. If you want to take issue with how the penalty assessment was handled, have at it.But it’s not like it came out of thin air either.
But in this case, Cullen had the puck, which makes him a legitimate target to be hit, so the details of how Orr hit him become relevant. The fact that Cullen was hurt (he landed on his face on the ice, has a broken nose and possibly a concussion) clearly influenced the call. The refs also have to make these decisions with no benefit of multiple replays.the fine line involved here. The act looks ugly and unnecessary, and the result even more so, but is it technically a legal hit?
Should it be?
Carolina, meanwhile, is starting to run into some injury troubles up front, as Cullen joins Justin Williams and Chad LaRose on the injured reserve for a spell. The Hurricanes' division lead is down to a measly two points after the Panthers won over Atlanta tonight.
Time to get a goon.