Campbell defends Wheel of Justice
'Just be good' to avoid random punishments
"Mr. Simon can state his opinion. Our job is to assess what we feel is fair and right. If Chris didn't do what he has done, he wouldn't need to complain about how we handle discipline."Let that be a less to the rest of you, less-than-star players!
Of course, Simon isn't arguing that he shouldn't be punished, or that what he did wasn't wrong — he's actually becoming the voice of reason here for questioning why one skate stomp is a 30-game suspension and another is only eight.
To clarify, when I said the Pronger ban was "the right call" on Saturday, that's only in the context of possible outcomes. There was zero chance the NHL would give him anything close to a 30-game suspension with the Ducks on the verge of a title defence, and the team's top defenceman missing any playoff time was always highly unlikely.
The right call in the wrong system, one that makes less sense as we go along here.
Even still, good on Simon for speaking up.