NHL Has Its Head in the Sand When It Comes to Protecting Players

March 8th, 2010 by Tim King Leave a reply »
It happened again Sunday in Pittsburgh.  You knew it would.  Late in the third period Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard caught the puck in the Penguins zone about ten feet inside the blue line and prepared to launch a shot toward the Pens goal when Matt Cooke interrupted the proceedings with a shoulder to the right side of Savard's head.  While Savard did get the shot off, it's likely that he doesn't remember.  It's doubtful he even remembers being in Pittsburgh at this moment.  Savard hit the ice limp and remained there for several minutes before being removed from the ice by city paramedics.  For reasons unknown he was not taken to a local hospital but back to the team hotel where he spent the night. What should be more amazing, but isn't considering that this is the NHL, is that there was no penalty called on the play.  That Savard did not suffer a serious head or neck injury is just dumb luck in a season full of it for the NHL.  We've seen close to a half dozen plays just like this one in 2009-2010 and only now the league is getting around to talking about it.  Precedent tells us that they'll keep talking right up to the day that som ...

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