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A Sensible Discipline System

Let me start by saying that Brendan Shanahan has done some great work with the NHL discipline system. Creating videos that walk fans/players/coaches through dirty hits was a great idea.

It helps players understand what is dirty and what isn't.

It brings a level of transparency to the discipline process.

What it doesn't do is explain what the reasoning is for the length of suspensions. After watching a Shanaban video, I understand why the league thinks a play is dirty. I have no idea why Garbutt got 5 games and Kadri got 3. I'm not saying they got it wrong (or right), but I am saying there is no explanation as to the length. Transparency in this area would be welcomed.

I also think the NHL stopped punishing the injury instead of the the crime. A dirty play is a dirty play, regardless of the outcome.

With that being said, Cameron Walsh over at Hockey Hurts has come up with an excellent suspension system. It suspends the play and not the injury. It also accounts for previous suspensions. Many of you might have already seen it, but it's new to me.

You can find the system here. Also, to see it applied to hits from this season (including the Garbutt hit on Penner) if you click on the links at the bottom of the page here.

Based on the how it would apply to dirty hits from this season, I think it looks pretty fair. Walsh is still tinkering with it, but I'd like the NHL to install something like this into the discipline system. What do you guys think?

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