As many of you probably knew from last night, Matt Cooke of the Pens delivered a flying elbow in their game against Rangers and was ejected from the game with a hearing pending. That hearing was today, and his suspension is through the first round of the play offs. A minimum of 14 games, and a max of 17. Good, it was a dirty play, I think he deserved it, and it seems like the vast majority of us have been waiting for the league to throw out a suspension that actually means something.
My question is, what was the difference between Cooke's elbow and Heatley's? I showed two of my buddies that are not hockey fans and, like me, the only difference they could find was that Heatley's was more of a side swipe while Cooke's was fired straight ahead. Regardless, they were both blatant elbows to the head. So why didn't Heatley get more? Yea, Cooke has a reputation and has been suspended before, but the difference in the suspensions is 12 to 15 games! So we turn the now famous NHL Wheel of Justice and find that, oh, well, Danny is a superstar and Cooke is a goon.
We all knew this, so why am I posting? Because it's going to take us, the fans, to eventually get this league to punish actions based on actions. It's gonna take the players and coaches and GM's, but it requires us, too. So here I am, expressing my displeasure. Hopefully some of you will do the same. Hopefully at some point, the fan's displeasure will catch the league's attention, even if their own blatantly inconsistent actions will not.
Also, I'm not good with HTML and linking and junk, so if one of the editors could add in videos of each elbow to this post, that would be awesome. Thanks guys.