Saturday, October 18, 2008

A perfectly legal head shot

What does it say about the NHL when what happened to Andrei Kostitsyn Saturday night is not necessarily against the rules?

When Kurt Sauer drilled him in the head with both fists up, sending Kostitsyn flying and ultimately banging his noggin off the ice, there was nothing in the NHL rule book that says he wasn't allowed to do it.

Guy Carbonneau, Sergei Kostitsyn, Georges Laraque and the 21,273 at the Bell Centre right now don't like it, but it's the truth. And it's stupid.

Andrei Kostitsyn is a burgeoning star in this league, one who was laying motionless on the ice for several seconds, who tried to get up but didn't have the legs to do it, and one who needed the help of three trainers just to get off the ice, though he didn't need the stretcher that was wheeled out to get him.

And that burgeoning star was laid out by Kurt Sauer? With no consequences other than a Laraque face wash after the fact, only because the guy didn't have the stones to fight him?

That, to me, is bush league.

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